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Gazpacho (fresh tomato soup)

This recipe comes from Better Homes and Gardens Grilling magazine.
I never thought I'd enjoy a cold tomato soup but after having had it recently, I changed my mind. 
It is cool, refreshing and different. A great first course for a summer meal.
  • 1 thick slice white bread cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 6 or 7 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cider or sherry vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium or 2 mini cucumbers, seeded and chopped*
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped red onion*
  • 1 medium green pepper seeded and chopped*
  • 1 quart tomato vegetable juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon  hot pepper sauce (or to taste)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper.

* How much red onion, cucumber and green pepper you add will depend on how thick you want the soup. I used 1/2 a red onion, 1 mini English cucumber and 1/2 large green pepper.
  1. Spread bread cubes in a baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees F oven for 10 minutes or until cubes are dry. Cool.
  2. In a food processor, combine bread cubes, tomatoes, vinegar olive oil and garlic. Process until almost smooth. Add a bit of the vegetable juice if necessary.
  3. Pour into a bowl.
  4. Add red onion, cucumber and green pepper to food processor and process until finely chopped. (I did the onion in the chopper so that it was finely chopped and did the cucumber and green pepper by hand in a fine dice.)
  5. Add vegetables to the tomato mixture. Stir in remaining vegetable juice, parsley and hot pepper sauce if desired.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  8. Garnish each serving with chopped or sliced cucumber and chopped fresh parsley.


  1. this looks very regreshing bev....
    i like this kind of soup and will definately enjoy this on a hot summers day....hmmm what do i have in the fridge for today?

  2. I have never had cold soup, but this sounds and looks wonderful. It is chalked full of goodness. Kathy

  3. This I have made aplenty...or similar. It is definitely an acquired taste but I think those who have NOT tried it is very very refreshing. I have not made it with cucumbers though and I like the addition of tomatoe vegetable juice. I've only made mine from scratch so this looks like a very 'doable' recipe... especially on these HOT days... Thanks for sharing this one Bev!

  4. I have never tried cold soup...usually think of tomato soup as hot and served with grilled cheese sandwiches.

  5. Sounds perfect for this warm weather we're having!

  6. I've never had this either. . .but I sure would like to try it. I love tomato juice and I know this would be great too.

  7. I've been making and eating a variation of Gazpacho ever since one of my high school Spanish teachers introduced me to it (it origianted in Spain)--in the 60s! It's delicious, and most enjoyable on a hot day! Thanks for this recipe.


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