This 10-minute Easy Gazpacho Recipe is a cold soup traditionally made with fresh vegetables and tomatoes in Spain, but this version has the added flavors of Roasted Red Pepper Salsa. Gazpacho is a great alternative to hot soup during the summer months, for a refreshing meal with rich tomato and roasted red pepper flavor.
Hello my friends, I have to vent for a little bit because the heat and humidity is just crazy in Miami. There are a lot of things I love about the summer, but the hot weather is not one of them. Most people go out during the summer to the beach, camping, or otherwise spend time outdoors. Instead I prefer to stay in my air conditioned condo for as much time as possible. With all this 90+ degree weather, you will of course find me eating cool dishes like the ice cream I shared with you last week - Homemade Goat Cheese & Raspberry Jalapeño Ice Cream, and my newest addition to my “summer recipe survival kit,” loaded with nutrients, and vitamins with tons of health benefits – this recipe for "easy 1-2-3" gazpacho soup. What do you think? It can't get any better than that.
This gazpacho is one of the fabulous and delicious recipes which I first cooked last year during my first year blogging. I went a bit crazy cooking and I made about 15 recipes in less than two weeks. All those recipes have been waiting for a release date in my laptop since then. Some of the reasons why I didn't want to release them sooner is because I felt I was too new at blogging and didn’t have enough experience; I was doing things without organization; and I have had a very demanding full-time job with little time dedicated to write; and I felt uninspired because I didn't have much website traffic of people reading my posts.
I also didn't want to release some of the recipes because I felt the photos are not good enough to publish. Last year, I had such a difficult time coming up with ideas to photograph food and come up with a story. This easy gazpacho recipe is an excellent example of my internal struggles because this cold soup tasted SO GOOD, but I think the pictures don't give it justice.
Geoffrey is the one responsible for why those recipes are now being released. And, I know he will be pretty happy to read this comment... "he was right" because he kept telling me the longer I wait to publish those recipes, the better and better I will get at photography, and the more I won't like the old photos, and they will never be released.
As we speak, I'm printing this recipe because I'm going to remake this cold soup again next week with a twist. I recently opened a jar of Cilantro Lime Salsa and it should be very interesting to compare the taste of the Roasted Red Pepper Salsa gazpacho against the Cilantro Lime Salsa gazpacho. You can make this easy gazpacho recipe with any salsa that you have sitting around in your pantry or at your supermarket, or already open in your fridge. But make sure you pick a good quality salsa with as few preservatives as possible because it won't taste as good without the same freshness. One of Geoffrey's favorite salsas, which you can get almost anywhere is Pace Chunky Salsa, Medium.
This is the first time I cooked and tasted gazpacho. Eating vegetables in a cold soup was an experiment for me, and I was not sure about it. To my surprise, when I tried this cold soup, I really liked it.
How do you make gazpacho soup?
Making gazpacho is so super easy, and you can make it in less than 10 minutes. Just pull out your food processor or blender, and throw in all the chopped vegetables plus the Roasted Red Pepper Salsa, and Voilà! The next step is to chill it in the refrigerator for at least two hours, but I prefer waiting for mine until the next day. It's a personal preference.
The traditional way to eat gazpacho is with a piece of rustic bread on the side.
Now, here are some healthy facts about gazpacho that I found in the website Solfrio. Click the link if you want to know more details about each of the below benefits.
- Gazpacho prevents colds.
- Gazpacho prevents hypertension.
- Gazpacho slows the aging process.
- Gazpacho increases organism defenses.
- Gazpacho helps you lose weight.
- Gazpacho hydrates your body.
- Gazpacho extends your suntan.
Health benefits of tomatoes
- Tomatoes have lycopene which is an antioxidant that provides beneficial protection from prostate cancer in men.
- Tomatoes lower the blood pressure
- Tomatoes contain carotenoids which is an antioxidant found in vividly colored fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots and other red and orange foods. Antioxidants play a fundamental role in cleaning up free radicals in the blood system and from body tissues. Also, other carotenoids such as Zeaxanthin are important for eye health and also provide anti-inflammatory properties. Lutein is a carotenoid with anti-inflammatory agents.
- For more detailed info go to the Alternative Daily
Wines to drink along with your gazpacho
I know we are talking about health benefits, but you can have a glass of wine to complement the flavor of this easy gazpacho recipe. Gazpacho should be paired with a refreshing, cold, young, light, crisp and “un-oaked” white wine, such as:
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Galicia’s elegant versatile white
- Dry Italian whites
- Manzanilla sherry
- Provence rosé
I hope you get to enjoy this easy gazpacho recipe this summer. Also, let me know if you have made something like this before and any recommendations you have for other gazpacho flavors, like this Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese recipe. All ideas are welcome.
Enjoy this summer!
Easy Gazpacho Recipe with Roasted Red Pepper Salsa
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 10 1x
This cold soup recipe is originally from Spain and made from fresh vegetables with a rich tomato flavor. In this recipe, we are reinterpreting the traditional chilled Spanish summer soup to include Roasted Red Pepper Salsa, fresh vegetables, and for garnish we used a high-quality Greek Olive Oil by Navarino Icons Eleon, and small cubes of ricotta Salata cheese. This gazpacho recipe is so easy to make that it only takes 10 minutes.
- 1-½ cups Roasted Red Pepper Salsa
- 1 lb roma tomatoes, in cubes
- 2 cups tomato juice
- 1 English cucumber, in cubes
- 1 orange bell pepper, stemmed, seeded & in cubes
- 3 Tablespoons lime juice
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil, I use Navarino Icons EVOO Click to order from our online shop
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 3 oz ricotta salata
- In a food processor, add Roasted Red Pepper Salsa, tomato juice, roma tomatoes, cucumber, lime juice, olive oil and salt.
- Blend until you reach the consistency that you prefer: slightly chunky or smooth.
- Chill a least for an hour or overnight.
- Serve in a bowl, cup or a glass.
- Garnish with ricotta Salata and small pieces of tomato.
You can add more salsa if you want a deeper red pepper flavor
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: lunch
- Cuisine: Spanish
- Serving Size: 6
- Calories: 113
- Sugar: 9.3 g
- Sodium: 775.5 mg
- Fat: 4.8 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.6 g
- Carbohydrates: 15.5 g
- Fiber: 3.5 g
- Protein: 4.7 g
- Cholesterol: 7.2 mg
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My sister-in-law was staying with us for a couple of weeks and I discovered that she absolutely loves cold leftovers; and that gazpacho is her favorite type of soup. I will definitely be sharing this with her!
Hi Lauren, Did you make some special meal for her? Which is her favorite cold leftover?
Oh, this soup looks so thick cool and delicious. Love the Roasted Red Pepper Salsa in there.
Hi Ginny, It's great to see you again around here. The soup was a hit, and I had a full glass of the soup every afternoon like it was a smoothie
Marie | Yay! For Food
I love gazpacho in the summertime! Perfectly refreshing and so healthy. The flavours sound sensational; what a wonderful idea to use roasted red pepper salsa!
Happy Friday Marie!
This soup is my new summertime recipe. And, the touch of the Roasted Red pepper was an Amazing addition.
I LOVE how simple this is, and looks so healthy! I need to make some!
Don't wait and make some gazpacho before the summer ends.
Cynthia | What A Girl Eats
Gazpacho is the best summertime soup! Your recipe looks great!
Thank you, Cynthia! I did another recipe last week but with watermelon and I added a dollop of creme Fraiche. It was amazing too.
I could have that bowl of Gazpacho right now, so colourful and delicious!
Thank you Jadruti :) This Gazpacho is perfect for a brunch menu today Sunday! Give it a try and let us know.
Hi Joyce, Yes, I'm a bit crazy sometimes. I'm trying to slow down because age is catching on me and I need time to plan everything correctly. I can trade the weather with you right now because the hot weather from Miami is not my best friend. You are so sweet:)
Thank you for stopping by :)!
Joyce @ Pups with Chopsticks
I'm glad you posted this! Geoffrey is totally right! High five to him! :) But holy moly 15 recipes? You need to share some of this energy or inspiration with me, I'm scraping by with 1 a week haha! :) To be honest I am quite jealous of your weather! In Canada, our summers are good but our winters? -_- Let's just say I'd rather have your winters in Miami. haha but I think I would make this recipe any day even our winters - I love cold soups all year round! I'm wierd that way. :) (p.s. your photos are lovely.)
Gazpacho is the BEST summer dish! I swear I could have it for every dinner--so refreshing and healthy!
You are right Elizabeth! Gazpacho is the best summer dish and the best part it is so easy to make.
I love gazpacho in the summer! Such a flavorful and refreshing soup!
Thank you, Denisse!! Since I made this Gazpacho I'm hooked with this soup :)
What a great post and recipe! You've really turned up gazpacho soup a notch. Love the roasted red pepper salsa in there. Just wow!
Thank you so much, Ginny, for stopping by and for your wonderful feedback. I truly appreciate it!
Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours
Looks like Gazpacho has so much more than good taste. I do enjoy Gazpacho in summer; always good having settled in the fridge overnight. A perfect summer lunch with tasty bread, and possibly a glass of wine should the situation fit.
Hello, Helen, This post was a learning experience for me. I always like to look for any health benefit for the food I cook. It's a plus sign eat something delicious and with heath benefits. Thank you
This looks so delicious and refreshing!! I love a good bowl of gazpacho. Love that this is healthy too! Thanks for the wine pairing suggestions. Yum.
Thank you, Veena! I was amazed how much I like Gazpacho.
This is the only way I will eat soup in the summer, and it's just so refreshing. The perfect way to use up summer tomatoes.
I agree with you Danielle this is the only way, I will eat soup during the summer.
Great summer recipe, I love the idea of roasted pepper with ricotta salata. Cheese and roasted pepper are my favourites.
Hi, Laura! I though the combination of a fresh vegetable soup will go nicely with the saltiness of the Ricotta Salata. And the roasted red pepper give a pleasant sweetness to the soup.
This looks delicious and refreshing, perfect for summer! I love gazpacho and this recipe looks so easy. I like the new spin you put on it with the roasted red pepper salsa, and how convenient that you can buy it on your site! I also like how you explained the health benefits! I'm totally inspired to make this cooling summer soup now!
Thank you, Denise, for your comment. I'm glad that you are finding interesting the heath benefits. When I find the informative information, I love to share with other. Yes, we have the Salsa in our store. It's my personal pantry:)
Dan from Platter Talk
I could definitely make this beautiful and healthy gazpacho a part of my summer survival kit! And, I think you are being too hard on yourself regarding your photography skills - this is clearly mouthwatering! Fantastic job my friend!!!
Hello Dan, Thank you so much for your kind of words:). Yes, I know I'm pretty hard on myself during the process, but sometimes I ended up happy with the final result. Thank YOU!