Easy Gazpacho | Chilled Tomato Soup

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Last month, the Blogging Marathon team had their mega marathon of thalis. I wouldn’t want to talk about it, because it gives me goosebumps. I feel ashamed how lazy I am when compared to them, but secretly I envy and admire them for putting up such beautiful plates of food for their family that then ended up on their blog. The BM marathon happens two times every year, but with too much on my plate, I have never been able to participate. I am hoping maybe I can tick that off my bucket list in 2021, who knows? πŸ˜‰ For the time being, let me be satisfied with two weeks of Blogging Marathon. This month is edition #117 and for this week, the theme I chose was “No Cook Recipes” and the first recipe that popped up in my mind – the Gazpacho!

 

I have been wanting to make this raw tomato soup, that is intrinsic to Spanish cuisine, for a really long time. But somehow it just never happened. I wish I could explain that better. Hehe… Soups that absolutely need no cooking are a bliss for hot summer nights and Gazpacho is just one of them! Some simple ingredients – plump and juicy tomatoes, a nice little red bell pepper or capsicum and a watery cucumber mixed with some essentials, and you have this soup ready in no time. I tried tasting it right off the jar and it was delicious, however as it sat in the fridge, it got even better after all the flavors got some time to mingle and settle.

 

Some Gazpacho recipes use a slice of stale bread to give some body to the soup, but I felt the vegetables added itself provides a lot of body. I added some chicken stock to my soup, which is not a part of an actual recipe, but it gives a delicious edge, so do it if you would like to. The soup is served cold with toppings of your choice, like some chopped coriander, mint or parsely, diced onions or peppers, a dash of olive oil and some cream, or a simple crushing of whole black pepper! By the way, before I move on to the recipe, this is not the only no-cook soup I have made. Do check out this delicious cucumber soup as well…

 

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5 from 2 votes

Easy Gazpacho | Chilled Tomato Soup

Course Soup
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper cleaned and chopped
  • 1 small cucumber peeled and chopped
  • 2 gloves garlic peeled
  • 1 small onion peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika optional
  • 1/2 cup stock optional - refer notes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients into a jar and using a stick blender, blend till smooth. Alternatively, you could use the blender. Check seasoning.
  • Keep refrigerated for a couple of hours for the flavors to settle.
  • Serve cold, with or without toppings.

Notes

Stock - I used chicken - is usually not a part of a traditional Gazpacho. But it gives a lovely flavor, so add if you wish to.

 

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  1. Rafeeda , if you plan ahead , you will not get goosebumps thinking of the mega marathon , you will love it !
    The cold soup looks amazing , I had it in Spain where the tomatoes are the best – looks so vibrant and delicious , the flavours speak for themselves .

  2. 5 stars
    I am visualizing the flavor of this cold soup and thinking about making it for tomorrow πŸ™‚ Beautiful pictures too.

  3. 5 stars
    I am sure you can do mega marathons. If we can do it you can definitely do it pa. πŸ™‚ And this gazpacho is very nice and no cook makes it perfect. Any one can make it. Good one for this theme.

  4. Perfectly done Rafeeda. Gazpacho looks so good. Coming to mega marathon, you can definitely do it dear, even I was in ur shoes before I did it. I participated not only once but twice and felt its not that tough to do it. Just plan ahead and u can do it.

  5. Your gazpacho looks great and it is a perfect summertime recipe.

  6. I have never heard of this before until you shared! Is apple cider vinegar a must? I have everything except cucumber πŸ™‚ I am thinking of trying with pickled cucumber and skipping the vinegar?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Yes, that sounds fantastic! Vinegar is for that little tange… If you don’t have it, skip it… πŸ™‚

  7. We are in fall season with the winter temperatures creeping in. Otherwise I am tempted to try a chilled soup after seeing your flavorful gazpacho.

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