Cool and refreshing gazpacho tomato soup. Get ready to take the edge off of summer’s heat with this vibrantly chilled soup made with tomatoes, cucumber, and herbs. Serve it alone or garnished with cooked shrimp or hardboiled eggs for a little protein. Try it with avocado slices. A batch keeps in the fridge for 4 days.
Gazpacho Tomato Soup: Cool, Refreshing, Healthy
How could anyone not like gazpacho? It could only be because they have never tried it. Just yesterday a friend said to me, cold soup? Yes, cold soup! Refreshing and healthy, it’s fantastic for hot weather and the perfect use for fresh peak of the summer produce.
Serve gazpacho in bowls for lunch or a snack. Pair it with grilled chicken or shrimp for dinner. Team it up with a quesadilla. Pour it into shot glasses and serve gazpacho shooters as an appetizer. Gazpacho can be enjoyed many ways.
A Great Way Up Your Vegetable Game
Packed with vegetables (ok so tomatoes are technically afruit), gazpacho is truly summer in a bowl. Tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, it’s filled with nutrition.
Sweet summer tomatoes are a great source of vitamins A, B2, C, and K, important minerals like manganese, copper, chromium, and potassium. They are also an excellent source of phytonutrients betacarotene and lycopene. Lycopene is where tomatoes get their red color.
Lycopene is thought to help prevent heart disease as well as promote bone and eye health. It has been shown to reduce the risk for many cancers. All from pretty, tasty tomatoes. Food truly is medicine. Food from the “farmacy” not the pharmacy.
For more reading on the health benefits of tomatoes, read this great article from LiveScience.
No Cook Gazpacho Ingredients Tips
For the star of the show, use either organic Roma or Heirloom tomatoes. And be sure to wash your produce well. I use Eat Cleaner produce wash. When you core and cut your tomatoes, you can squeeze out some of the seeds. This will give you a thicker soup.
A hard-boiled egg and breadcrumbs give the soup body. You can skip the egg if needed for dietary preference and to keep the soup vegan. I use gluten-free toasted breadcrumbs. If you are not gluten sensitive, use toasted whole wheat breadcrumbs. Homemade is best and super easy to make. Here is how to make them.
For the liquids, I use chicken broth or vegetable broth and canned organic tomato sauce. Many gazpacho recipes use canned tomato juice as the liquid base, but most brands are very high in sodium. To reduce the sodium, I use no salt added organic tomato sauce and homemade, chicken broth or vegetable broth.
A note on broth – If you’ve never made homemade broth, it’s worth the time to make. I make it in big batches and freeze it in small containers. Vegetable broth takes a short time and is really one you should make, as the store boxed and canned brands taste pretty terrible. There are links to my recipes below.
Bell peppers are also a traditional gazpacho ingredient. If you like sweet peppers, add a red or yellow pepper to your vegetable mix. I leave them out because my husband can’t stand them (I love them).
Puree in a Blender
Once the vegetables are mixed, smooth the gazpacho out in a blender or food processor to the texture you prefer. Puree it all for a smoother soup or puree half and mix with the chunkier part for more texture. Chill for a few hours and enjoy.
Other helpful links
This recipe makes a big batch if soup. It keeps in the fridge for four days so you can keep enjoying its cool refreshment in hot weather. For a vegetarian version substitute vegetable broth. Make homemade for the best results. Serve chunky or pureed, depending on your preference. If you like the flavors of chili and lime, Tajin is available on Amazon. You will find lots of uses for it.
- 1 hardboiled egg, peeled and chopped
- 2 ½ pounds (1.14 kilos) tomatoes
- 3 small Persian cucumbers or 1 large English seedless cucumber
- 2 large garlic cloves, chopped or minced fine
- ¼ cup finely diced red onion
- ¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 6 tablespoons (90 ml) sherry, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar
- 24 ounces (700 ml) low sodium chicken or vegetable broth (preferably homemade)
- 1 can (15 ounce/450 ml) tomato sauce
- ¾ cup (50 grams) plain gluten-free breadcrumbs (preferably homemade, optional)
- ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
- 2 tablespoons (30 ml) molasses (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle powder, to taste
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Tajin chili-lime spice blend (optional) as garnish and can be used to season the soup
- Optional garnishes – cooked shrimp, avocado slices, lime wedges, cucumber slices, chopped cilantro or parsley, Tajin spice blend
- To prep tomatoes, cut them lengthwise into quarters and slice out the seedy centers, then chop. Do the same with the cucumbers. Core tomatoes, then cut them into long quarters and chop. You can squeeze out some of the seeds if you want to.
- Place tomatoes and cucumber in a blender or food processor and add add garlic, red onion, olive oil, citrus juices, vinegar, broth, tomato sauce, breadcrumbs, herbs and molasses. Add the hard-boiled egg, and chipotle powder if you like a little heat. Season with salt and pepper, to your taste.
- Puree soup in a blender (see notes below) for about 1 minute to smooth it out. You may need to do it in two batches. Chill at least 4 hours or overnight for flavors to blend.
- Note - For a chunkier soup, pulse, don’t blend, until you reach your preferred consistency, or puree half and leave half chunky to stir together.
- Soup will keep 4-5 days in the refrigerator. Make a batch Sunday and enjoy all week.
Note – Shooters take 2 ounces (60 ml) each if using as an appetizer. Bowls are 8-12 ounces each, so servings will vary depending on use.