Fresh, cool gazpacho is an ideal way to taste the peak of summer without turning up the heat. All the intense flavors, aromas, and colors of the season's best produce are delivered to your senses in one simple no-cook bowlful. Like so many homegrown recipes, there's no one right way to make gazpacho. And there are as many variations as there are seeds in a tomato. Here's are 5 of our top-rated favorites to try.
In this traditional preparation, vine-ripened tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers are blended with heady garlic and rich olive oil. Crusty bread sneaks in there as well to add body and texture to the mix. The prep takes only 20 minutes, but you'll let the soup rest in the fridge for at least an hour as the flavors meld into summer's best soup. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and more olive oil before serving.
Fast & Low-Carb
There's no bread in this version, and the soup goes straight from the blender to the bowl without taking a rest in the fridge. Some reviewers blended only half the ingredients to give the gazpacho a chunkier texture, and some used lemon juice in the mix instead of vinegar. It's all good.
Seafood Lover's Special
Breaking from gazpacho tradition, this cold soup uses tomato and clam juice cocktail for its base. You'll add chopped avocado, cucumber, onion, fresh tomatoes, lemon juice, and cilantro for texture and flavor. What about the shrimp? You can add it to the gazpacho or serve it over the top.
This gorgeous soup gets its color from cucumber, avocado, and honeydew melon. Onion, garlic, and jalapeño pepper add an unmistakable kick. And to balance things out, you've got lime juice and white balsamic vinegar.
Fresh & Fruity
No tomatoes in this version. Instead, you'll taste watermelon, cucumbers, sweet red bell peppers, mint, ginger, and pineapple juice. Onion and jalapeño pepper spice things up, while honey balances it out. Cool and refreshing, with a kick.
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