Easy Spanish Gazpacho – Cold Tomato Soup

Easy Spanish Gazpacho – Cold Tomato Soup is a delicious – MUST have Summer soup from Spain. It needs absolutely no-cooking and ready in less than 10 minutes. The texture is great and can be served along with any meal or simply dunk a toasted slice of bread and Nosh!best-tomato-gazpachoFor the past few days, if you’re in Delhi, their is a common discussion everywhere and that is the Soaring Temperature…..I mean we just crossed ***43 celsius or 110 Fahrenheit*** on Sunday and you could literally feel the heat outdoor or indoors. The water coolers/air-conditioners maintenance teams could be seen running the entire city and it was just crazy hot !!! With all this heat, food is the last thing on my mind…I’m not sure if it happens with you too but whenever it gets that HOT, all I want to do is drink chilled stuff or eat chilled food. I mean literally eat food right from the fridge without heating them and that’s when I thought of making the Easy Spanish Gazpacho – Cold Tomato Soup. I first had this soup during a vacation to Portugal in August 2011 and completely fell in love with it’s color and freshness. D and I, toured the city along with our friends and by evening we were even tired for a proper sit down meal, that’s when a local suggested to try the ‘Cold Soup’ which sounded absolutely perfect. We ended up finding this cute little family restaurant run by an old Spanish lady making basic soups + tapas and they both tasted absolutely delicious. Not only we enjoyed the scrumptious meal but the lady was kind enough to share her Spanish food traditions and few recipes and this soup is something very similar (except her kitchen garden tomatoes & homemade vinegar). easy-tomato-gazpachoThis soup originated from the Southern Spanish region of Andalusia and it’s way to Portugal too. It’s made using vine ripened tomatoes (for taste & rich red color), along with few other fresh ingredients and a piece of stale bread. All the ingredients are either crushed using ‘Mortar-Pestle(to avoid any foam on top) or blended, hence we can say that the ‘Traditional Cold Soup – Gazpacho’ does have a slight texture and taste unlike any soup you’ve had. easy-cold-tomato-soupSo for me, this is a perfect summer meal along with few nicely toasted slices of bread slathered with butter or cream-cheese dips. It’s so easy to make as there’s absolutely no cooking involved and can be made in advance and stored upto 1-2 days. As mentioned above, the ingredients are really simple and few but you can change any of them as per your choice of veggies and that’s the beauty of this soup – it turns out delicious!easy-spanish-gazpachoI actually ended up making this recipe twice on the same day cause that’s what a hungry foodie does on a Crazy Sunny Day while clicking pictures to be shared 😉 I ended up consuming most of it and had to cover-up my guilt by making another batch almost immediately !

Hope you enjoy the soup and definitely give it a try, it’s as easy as making a smoothie or any blended drink.

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Easy Spanish Gazpacho - Cold Tomato Soup

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

6 Fresh Vine Ripened Tomatoes

1 Clove Garlic

1 Small Shallot or Onion - optional

1 Slice Sourdough Bread - you can use any plain bread or just skip this ingredient

1 Tsp Sherry Vinegar - you may use plain or any other variety

4 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Tsp Salt

1/2 Tsp Crushed Pepper

2 Cups of Water

For Decoration:

Few Croutons - optional

1 Tsp Shredded Cheese

Springs of Cilantro - thinly chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 cups of water in a pot, when boiling add all the tomatoes.
  2. Let it boil for 2 minutes and then turn off the heat.
  3. Place the tomatoes on ice or under cold water (till they are cool to touch).
  4. Peel the skin on tomatoes, cut them into 4 slices and scoop outthe seeds.
  5. Add the cleaned sliced tomatoes in a blender along with garlic, shallot, vinegar and pulse to form a smooth consistency.
  6. Add bread, olive oil, salt, pepper and pulse till bread gets mixed and smooth.
  7. Strain the soup into a jar or large pan.
  8. Store in fridge for chilling further or transfer to serving glasses, decorate with croutons, cheese and cilantro.
  9. Serve Fresh or Chilled.
Cuisine: Spanish | Recipe Type: Soup, Brunch
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A Picture from our memorable trip to Portugal:
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