Gazpacho is a classic summer soup made with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and onion that takes minutes to make and is served cold for a refreshing dish. It’s the best dish to serve on a hot day and a great way to use fresh summer produce in an easy recipe.
Cool, refreshing, healthy, and delicious. Homemade gazpacho has a lot going for it, which is probably why it’s a beloved summer soup. It’s also a flexible dish flavor-wise, with a few basic ingredients you can easily add to the recipe to create a cold soup that suits your tastes.
At a basic level, gazpacho is a cold soup that originated in Spain. It’s served during the summer when fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and other veggies are at their peak. Many Spanish gazpacho recipes have tomatoes, bell peppers, fresh herbs, and olive oil. Some also have white bread which acts as a thickener. This version I’m sharing is a little scaled-down and so, so simple to make.
- This is a gazpacho without bread. I’ve made versions in the past with it, but for this one I add crunchy croutons as a optional garnish.
- For the veggies, I stick to tomatoes, cucumber, garlic, and a little red onion. You can add some red bell pepper or green pepper if you like, but I think it tastes great without it.
- The only hard part of this recipe is waiting for the soup to chill. But, once it is your patience is rewarded with refreshing cold soup bursting with summer flavors.
You can serve this chilled soup as an appetizer or starter or as a light meal. There’s nothing better for a hot summer night.
- Chopped tomatoes
- Chopped English cucumber
- Minced garlic
- Chopped red onion
- Olive oil
- White wine vinegar – or try sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar.
- Fresh thyme leaves
- Salt and pepper
Best Tomatoes for Gazpacho
For the best gazpacho, use fresh in-season ripe tomatoes. Any variety will work, but the most common to use are Roma tomatoes. For this recipe, I used a variety of tomatoes including heirloom tomatoes for garnish.
The nice thing is that you don’t need to peel the tomatoes for this soup – a high-speed blender or food processor will ensure the soup is nice and smooth. The only prep you need to do is to remove the tomato cores before you blend them.
How to Make It
Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until the soup is as chunky or smooth as you like it.
Transfer the soup to an airtight container and chill it for at least two hours, or overnight. This will allow the flavors to fully develop.
Serve the gazpacho chilled with the garnishes if using. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
You can serve the cold tomato soup as is, or add some garnishes.
- Sliced tomatoes
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Chopped herbs like parsley, chives, and fresh basil
- Black pepper and salt, to taste
- A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
There are plenty of summer days left to go, so there’s no better time to hit up the farmer’s market and make a batch of fresh gazpacho. Enjoy!
More Fresh Tomato Recipes
- Roasted Tomatoes
- Homemade Pico de Gallo
- Caprese Frittata
- Tomato Avocado Toast
- Caprese Roast Beef Sandwiches
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Gazpacho is a classic summer soup made with fresh tomatoes, cucumber, and onion that takes minutes to make and is served cold for a refreshing dish.
- 3 cups chopped tomatoes (see note)
- 1 English cucumber, peeled and chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Sliced tomatoes
- Grated Parmesan cheese
- Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until the soup is as chunky or smooth as you like it.
- Transfer the soup to an airtight container and chill it for at least two hours, or overnight.
- Serve the gazpacho chilled with the garnishes, if using. Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
You don’t need to peel the tomatoes, but you should remove the core and seeds before chopping them. Slice them in half cut out the core and scoop out the seeds before chopping them.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Soup
- Method: Blend
- Cuisine: Spanish
- Calories: 163
- Sugar: 5.4g
- Sodium: 9.4mg
- Fat: 14.4g
- Saturated Fat: 2.1g
- Unsaturated Fat: 11.6g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 8.9g
- Fiber: 2.5g
- Protein: 1.9g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Keywords: gazpacho, cold tomato soup
Post, recipe, and photos updated from the archives. First published in July 2011.