Spanish Gazpacho

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By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on August 1, 2011

I’m b-a-a-a-c-k!!!!!

And Texas did not disappoint – it was HOT! Well, at least to this native Southern Californian. Having never lived more than a mile from the beach I am just not used to temps over 90 degrees. Now,   occasionally the mercury rebels and goes outside of it’s normal 60 – 80 degree range here  – and like any self respecting Southern Californian, I do my fair share of complaining… and then of course figure out how to deal with it sans air conditioning.

Growing up, whenever the mercury headed into the 90 degree range, my mother’s solution was to make gazpacho – it not only cooled everyone down but it also made great use of the excess tomato harvest. Over the years my mother made several different kinds – a chunky style laden with cucumbers, onions, cilantro, garlic and lime and a smooth version that she flavored with sherry and almonds. I always loved both and over the years have played with and tweaked both of her recipes.

When the August issue of Bon Appetit magazine came out and I saw the recipe for Salmorejo I was intrigued since I had never heard that name before in all the years I’ve eaten and made this soup.  Going back to my mother’s recipe, it was simply called “Smooth Gazpacho” and to this day I have no idea where it came from. Her  version did not call for toasted bread to thicken the soup and so, inspired by the recipe in Bon Appetit I tried adding it to my version and loved the result – and I hope you do too!

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This soup is great to pair with a big salad and some crusty bread for lunch or dinner and works really well as a starter. It also works great as an hors d’oeuvre – just pour it into shot glasses!!!



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{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

louise August 1, 2011 at 8:54 pm

nancy, you have such a beautiful eye for food and photography- really enjoy looking at your work, pretty pretty. glad to hear you are having a lovely summer.


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Thank you Louise!! Since I drool over your photos that means a lot to me!! Hope all is going well with the Fair!


lisaiscooking August 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

Hope you had a great time in Texas! Sorry about our horrible heat. I’m counting the days until October when it might cool down a little. Your gazpacho looks like a perfect soup for hot days. The piquillo peppers and bread for thickening sound great!


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Hi Lisa!!
It was definitely hot by So Cal standards! I loved the pequillo peppers in this – a nice little pop of heat!


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen August 3, 2011 at 2:40 am

Love those garnishes! A great party appetizer.


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Thanks Sylvie!! Served this at a party recently and everyone loved it.


Judy August 3, 2011 at 5:23 am

Gazpacho is one of those things I wish I like more, it always looks so lovely. Maybe I just haven’t tried the right one …


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Hi Judy!!

If you like tomato soup, you would probably like this one!!


Lucy Lean August 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Yum! Bring some on the boat tomorrow?!!! Looking forward to seeing you bright and early.


Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] August 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Welcome back. We missed you!


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Awww…. thanks Allison. It is good to be back!


Marla {family fresh cooking} August 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Oh how I love a great gazpacho – but what has me here are those cute skewers you put on top. This makes this chilled soup extra special :)


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Thanks Marla!! The skewers are fun and this makes a great little appetizer!


the urban baker August 3, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I love spanish gazpacho and your photos make me yearn for Spain. I love the little foodie accessories at the top of your glass. I need to come to your house to get a little bite of Spain…beautiful photos, Nancy!


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Thanks Susan!! Spain is definitely on my bucket list – may have to wait until we are through the college years though … I thought kids were expensive before this but wow, college is pricey!


Kristen August 3, 2011 at 7:40 pm

TX is hot, isn’t it? Just such a different kind of hot!
This gazpacho looks delicious and I love the photos!


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Thanks Kristen!! Yeah, it’s gonna be an adjustment for him since our weather generally stays between 60-80 degrees. College is definitely a learning experience in more ways than one!


Magic of Spice August 4, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Wonderful recipe! Love that gorgeous color, interesting addition with the bread…will have to try it :)


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Thanks!! The bread makes a difference – gives the soup a bit more texture and heft – and a great way to use up a little extra bread!


Georgia Pellegrini August 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm

The color of this is breathtaking! I’ve never seen a color that bright for gazpacho before : )


Nancy August 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Hi Georgia!!

Thank you!! I didn’t even boost the color in the photograph -that is really what it looks like!


Lana August 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

What a perfect summer dish! And I love the name Salmorejo (I studied Italian in college and I appreciate the melody of the words, Spanish included). I am drowning myself in heirloom tomatoes here in Serbia, and I just wonder if my parents would embrace this gazpacho:)
Great photo!


Nancy August 11, 2011 at 11:14 am

Hi Lana!

Hope you are having fun with your family! I agree with you – the word Salmorejo is beautiful – and I can even say it!!! I bet your parents would like it – if they like tomato soup they definitely would!


Deborah Dowd August 12, 2011 at 3:33 am

This looks amazing, and I love the shot glass idea! Perfect for a summer party.


Carolyn Jung August 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

This would be great for a party. So glam looking. And who can resist summer tomatoes in a refreshing sip like this?


Nancy August 13, 2011 at 9:54 am

Hi Carolyn!!

I served these at a recent party and they were a big hit – and the summer tomatoes do “make” this dish!! Thank you for stopping by the Table!!


Angie @ Bigbearswife September 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

That picture is beautiful! bet the food is great too!


Nancy September 8, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Thanks Angie!! Very simple cake but the fruit makes it!


miguel July 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Hi Nancy,
your post is promising, but I think you should call it “spanish fantasy” gazpacho. In fact is a mix of the three best known andalusian cold soups: gazpacho, salmorejo and ajoblanco; plus a “tapa” of spanish delicacies, one of which usually goes with salmorejo. Not bad, really, but is far from what you can call a spanish gazpacho. Aaah… by the way, NO CANOLA OIL, just extra virgin olive oil, andalusian or sicilian, and a tip: a bit of cumin. Congratulations.


Nancy July 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Hi Miguel,

Thanks so much for your feedback… and you are right it’s isn’t a “traditional gazpacho in any way, shape or form… but it is good and that I think is what counts!!!


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