Mama's Summer Gazpacho

By • April 20, 2010 • 11 Comments



Author Notes: This is the first recipe I copied into my very first recipe book. Words cannot describe my love for my mom's gazpacho. I don't know when this love took hold (as a young child I hated all vegetables and insisted on being served only buttered noodles mixed with cottage cheese (side note: you may grimace at the sound of it, but i still have a soft spot for that dish)), but at some point I fell for this chilled tomato soup. And I adore making it, too- chopping all the lovely vegetables into a fine dice- it's therapeutic. Purists may question this recipe's lack of bread, or the use of tomato juice, but I firmly believe it is the world's best gazpacho. Make it when you have a bounty of large and lovely summer heirloom tomatoes, and I bet you'll agree. Thanks mom! I love you!arielleclementine

Serves 4, or one arielle

  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • 6 large ripe heirloom tomatoes, seeded and diced small
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and diced small
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced small
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced small
  • 2 cups organic tomato juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, meyer if available
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Rub the inside of a large serving bowl with the smashed garlic clove.
  2. Put each of the remaining ingredients in the bowl and stir to combine.
  3. Transfer half of the gazpacho mixture to a food processor and process until smooth.
  4. Pour the processed mixture back into the serving bowl and stir to combine with the unprocessed vegetables. You're done!
  5. In my opinion, this gazpacho tastes best at room temperature, so if you must refrigerate it before serving take it out about 30 minutes before you intend to dig in. Enjoy with crusty bread :)

Tags: no bake, Summer

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almost 2 years ago mward

Just tried this for the first time, as I have an abundance of tomatoes from my CSA, and it's easy and really, really good. Thx!

Hmmmm2

about 4 years ago BrotherCam

SISTERS!

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

THE BROTHER! YAHOO!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 4 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

can the brother cook as good as the sisters? If so, we're in for it. ;)

Henrykiss

about 4 years ago arielleclementine

thanks, mrslarkin! sweet friend :) cam is a fantastic cook- a professional one, in fact!

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over 4 years ago Helenthenanny

Yahoo sister! I love this gazpacho! And you and mom! So hooray!

Henrykiss

over 4 years ago arielleclementine

hooray! hooray for moms and sisters and gazpachos!

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over 4 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

YUM gazpacho - I love it too and so does my mom! You look JUST like your mom - great picture - pretty dress, too!!

Henrykiss

over 4 years ago arielleclementine

thank you, aargersi! you look just like your lovely mom, too!

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over 4 years ago Fabulous Food Fanatic

I love gazpacho - I will have to try this one when the season is right. By the way, my mom used to make me noodles and cottage cheese, too!

Henrykiss

over 4 years ago arielleclementine

oh man! that's so funny! most people i mention that dish to think it sounds horrifying, but i quite enjoy it. i hope you like the gazpacho :)