Classic Gazpacho

Classic Gazpacho from Coffee & Quinoa

Can we all take a moment to celebrate tomato season?

There’s not much that can top a fresh-picked tomato. If I didn’t kill everything I ever tried to grow, tomatoes would be on my short list for a garden – tomatoes and basil! As it is, I don’t seem to have any sort of green thumb, so I’ll let someone else grow them for me. I think everyone’s happier that way, especially my would-be tomato plants.

Classic Gazpacho from Coffee & Quinoa

The tomatoes we’ve been getting recently have been amazing, and I love dishes that really highlight them. Caprese salad is always a favorite, and when I’m in the mood for a hydrating tomato-y dish, I looove gazpacho.

There are a lot of gazpacho recipes out there, it’s true – everything from strawberry peach to yellow tomato and corn (yum!). But this here isn’t as fancy as all that. It’s just the classic gazpacho recipe I’ve been making for the past few summers.

Classic Gazpacho from Coffee & Quinoa

Now not everyone likes gazpacho, just like not everyone likes tomatoes. (My conclusion: there will always be crazy people.) I also didn’t like gazpacho as a kid when my mom made it, so I think it may be an acquired taste. But if you’ve never tried it before, I urge you to. I promise it doesn’t taste like salsa. I promise the idea of a chilled soup is not gross, just summery. And I also promise that if you’re going to become a gazpacho lover, this classic version is the place to start.

This gazpacho is about 95% vegetables, with just some olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper for added flavor. Oh and tomato juice… can we count that as a vegetable? I keep tomato juice in my fridge especially for making this gazpacho. It’s not something I would ever drink plain (do you ever understand the people who order tomato juice on planes?), but it gives this gazpacho just the right texture.

So what do you say – are you a gazpacho lover or hater? Does your favorite gazpacho contain any unexpected ingredients, like fruit?

Classic Gazpacho from Coffee & Quinoa

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Classic Gazpacho
 
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Yields: 4-5 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber, peeled
  • 2 red bell peppers, seeds and membrane removed
  • 4 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups tomato juice (23 oz), low-sodium if possible
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop the vegetables. Puree them separately, one type of vegetable at at time, in a food processor or blender. Process until they reach your desired texture – some prefer their gazpacho chunkier than others. (I like a somewhat smooth gazpacho.)
  2. After each vegetable is pureed, combine them in a large bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Cover and chill in the refrigerator before serving. The gazpacho is best after the flavors have had a day to combine; I recommend preparing it the day beforehand.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
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  • Julia August 26, 2013, 7:10 am

    Ohh! me! me! Definitely a gazpacho lover right here! I have had gazpacho on my summer bucket list….all summer….we need about 6 more months of summer so I can fulfill all the fun, fresh summer recipes I want to eek out before winter. This thing looks GOOD! :)

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    • Erica August 26, 2013, 9:18 am

      Couldn’t agree more!!

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  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health August 26, 2013, 11:13 am

    Your blog makes me feel so inexperienced with food! :)
    I’ve never tried gazpacho- heard of it, but never tried it. I agree with you that there isn’t anything better than fresh-picked tomatoes and I’m sure this tastes amazing. It sounds really refreshing too with the cucumber!

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    • Erica August 26, 2013, 1:14 pm

      Girl I’ve seen your blog… you know your way around a kitchen :) You must try some gazpacho though!

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  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 26, 2013, 11:49 am

    This gazpacho looks fantastic! Such an easy, refreshing treat – I really need to try this! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition August 26, 2013, 12:41 pm

    I’m definitely not a huge tomato fan about 9 months out of the year, but that all changes in the summer! I actually do quite like gazpacho, though, which is funny because the thought of tomato juice kinda makes my stomach churn :-P

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    • Erica August 26, 2013, 12:51 pm

      I agree – what is up with people who like tomato juice? But in gazpacho it’s delicious :)

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  • Alex @ Kenzie Life August 26, 2013, 3:21 pm

    I haven’t had gazpacho in such a long time, but this made me want some! Even though I haven’t been the biggest fan of it, gazpacho sounds really refreshing right now!

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    • Erica August 26, 2013, 4:21 pm

      Sounds like you gotta give it another shot :)

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  • Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} August 28, 2013, 9:03 am

    I love gazpacho, one of my all time favorite soups! I like mine chunky though, not pureed.

    I am one of the crazies who likes tomato juice! I love a good Bloody Mary and drink V8 every day with my lunch.

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    • Erica August 28, 2013, 9:22 am

      The V8 I can’t understand… but the Bloody Marys I am definitely on board with! :)

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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven August 28, 2013, 2:21 pm

    Your pictures are absolutely stunning and the recipe looks equally as incredible! I love gazpacho!

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  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health August 28, 2013, 2:30 pm

    I absolutely loved Ina’s version. I replaced white wine vinegar with balsamic – sooo good.

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    • Erica August 28, 2013, 2:47 pm

      I will have to try it with the balsamic!

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  • Luv What You Do September 1, 2013, 8:26 am

    A friend just gave me tomatoes and I made my first batch of homemade salsa. I should bet for some more because I really want to try gazpacho!!!

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    • Erica September 2, 2013, 2:35 pm

      Yum! Love homemade salsa :)

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  • Tracey September 5, 2013, 10:12 pm

    I made this gazpacho last night and it is delicious! Perfect summer lunch.

    Thank you!

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