Hot Weather. Cold Soup. Authentic Spanish Gazpacho.

If you’re like me, just sitting around your house or apartment in your skivvies feeling too darn hot move let alone cook, then I’ve got a recipe for you. I picked this one up back when I was living in the Northern Spain. Despite having a pretty temperate climate, my city still experienced long hot summers and this born and bred Canadian gal hardly knew what to do with herself! So I did what any ex-pat does when they inevitable get in those situations. Watch the locals & follow suit, hoping no one notices what an outsider you are.

The small city of Oviedo, one of the many locations I have at some point in my life called home.

I quickly learned that if you are attempting to eat out in Spain one must:

1) Remember to order the menu del dia (prefix menu) rather than the standard menu. Most store owners prefer to serve those meals since they are easy and quick to prepare, plus anything else won’t be nearly as delicious and you’ll pay ten times as much for it.

A Typical Northern Spanish Menu del Dia. Ensalada Verde y Fabada Asturiana (Green Salad & White Bean Stew)

And 2) Always ALWAYS ask for the gazpacho in the summertime. You’d simply be a fool not to.

The beauty of a authentic Spanish gazpacho is its utter simplicity. In seconds you have a delicious snack or appetizer thats wholesome, refreshing & completely delicious.

Here is my basic recipe, but part of the fun of lots of Spanish recipes is adapting them to meet your own personal tastes!

Authentic Spanish Gazpacho

  • 1-2 cups of cold water, adjust depending on how thick you want your final product to be
  • 5 ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 green pepper
  • 1/3 medium sized red onion
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp good quality olive oil
  • a palmful of salt (don’t be shy)
  • 1 piece of crusty bread (optional, I often omit & serve bread on the side) 

Directions: Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Taste and adjust water & seasonings as necessary. If you choose to add bread, soak it first in a little cold water first before blending.

Do you enjoy cold soups in the summer or does the idea make you cringe? How do you feel about Spanish food? I’d love to post more of my authentic recipes on the blog!

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  • Reply Lele July 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with fruit gazpacho this summer. My best experiment had peach in it. Not at all authentic, but very tasty!

  • Reply chris902 July 21, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I was going to e-mail you about this recipe, but here it is! There’s no way I am turning the oven on for the next few days.

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