Easy Gazpacho

Beat the heat with this easy gazpacho recipe! Made with summer veggies, vinegar, and olive oil, this cool soup is rich, tangy, and refreshing.

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It’s no secret that I love gazpacho. Over the years, I’ve shared a gazpacho recipe with watermelon, one with corn, another with carrots, and still another with tangy tomatillos. What can I say? On a hot summer day, there’s no better way to cool off than with cold soup.

If you’re not familiar with gazpacho, it’s a chilled soup that originated in Andalucía, Spain. Traditional recipes call for tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and bread, which thickens the soup. This recipe isn’t entirely authentic, but it has a lot in common with Spanish gazpacho. Tomatoes, cucumber, and olive oil make up its vibrant red base, garlic adds bite, and red wine vinegar gives it a delicious tang. Even Jack, who normally passes on gazpacho, devoured a bowl for lunch last week. Complex, refreshing, and bursting with summer produce, it’s the perfect thing to make right now, when the days are hot and fresh tomatoes are at their peak.

Gazpacho recipe ingredients

Gazpacho Recipe Ingredients

As I mentioned above, bread is often used as a thickener in Andalusian gazpacho. For my taste, the soup is plenty creamy without it, so I make my gazpacho with these simple ingredients:

  • Tomatoes – Any variety of tomatoes will work well here. Choose the best ones you can find at your farmers market or grocery store!
  • Cucumber – Dice some cucumber and reserve it for garnish. Then, peel the rest and blend it into the soup!
  • Fresno chiles – Traditional Spanish gazpacho is made with bell peppers. But earlier this summer, I was making gazpacho at home, and fresno chiles were the only peppers I had in the fridge. I tossed them in, and I fell in love with the heat they added to the soup. I highly recommend using them, but you could swap in half a red bell pepper if you prefer.
  • Garlic – For bite!
  • Red onion – Rinse it under cold water before you add it to the blender to tame its sharp flavor.
  • Red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar – It adds delicious tang.
  • Cilantro – It’s not traditional, but I love the herby fresh flavor.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – 1/2 cup might seem like a lot, but trust me, you’re going to want every drop in this cool summer soup. It’s essential for creating a rich, creamy, and balanced gazpacho.
  • And salt and pepper – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Tomatoes, cucumbers, onion, peppers, and cilantro in a blender

Best Gazpacho Recipe Tips

  • Good tomatoes are gold. This gazpacho recipe calls for a whole lotta tomatoes: 2 1/2 pounds! They make up the body of the soup, so the quality of your tomatoes will really affect the final dish. If you can, look for local tomatoes at your farmers market. But no matter what, make this recipe in summer, when any tomato is sweeter and juicier than it would be at other times of year.
  • Work in batches if necessary. This recipe makes a lot of soup, so you might need to work in batches depending on the size of your blender or food processor. Of course, you could also halve the recipe, but I like having leftovers in the fridge. The soup becomes more complex and flavorful the longer it chills, so it tastes even better on days 2 and 3!
  • Chill the soup for at least 2 hours before you eat. It might be tempting to cut the chilling time short, but trust me, the wait is worth it! After the flavors meld and develop in the fridge, the soup becomes more balanced, complex, and refreshing.

gazpacho in a blender

Serving Suggestions

You can serve this gazpacho recipe two ways: in a glass or in a bowl. Drink it for a light lunch or appetizer, or load up your bowl with toppings to make it a meal on its own! I like to garnish my bowl with diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, fresh herbs, and a drizzle of olive oil. Roasted chickpeas, croutons, chopped hard boiled eggs, and avocado would be delicious toppings too.

Round out the meal with good crusty bread, socca, or avocado toast. For a heartier meal, serve this easy gazpacho with grilled vegetables and romesco sauce, your favorite protein, or a summer veggie frittata. Enjoy!

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More Favorite Tomato Recipes

If you love this gazpacho recipe, try one of these summer tomato recipes next:

Gazpacho

rate this recipe:
4.96 from 50 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Chilling Time: 2 hrs
Serves 4 to 6
This gazpacho recipe is super easy to make - just blend and chill! Cold, complex, and refreshing, it's perfect for a hot summer day.

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber
  • pounds ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 fresno chiles, or ½ red bell pepper, stemmed and seeded
  • ¼ small red onion, rinsed
  • 4 small garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs, for garnish

Instructions

  • Finely chop ¼ of the cucumber and reserve for garnish.
  • Peel the remaining cucumber, cut into chunks, and transfer to a blender. Add the tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro, vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Season to taste and chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Serve the soup with the reserved diced cucumber, fresh herbs, drizzles of olive oil, and freshly ground black pepper.

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  1. Yvette
    08.02.2021

    5 stars
    Great recipe! Used red pepper instead of a Fresno, would be even better with a little heat!

  2. Samantha Barnett
    07.31.2021

    5 stars
    What a beautiful dish!! Looks so pretty topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, hard boiled eggs, and fresh herbs. The Fresno chili gives it a nice spicy kick!! Thanks for the recipe and the fun contest.

  3. Carrie McCormack
    07.31.2021

    4 stars
    Super easy and tasty! My red onion was a bit potent so I’ll probably use less of that next time. That’s just a personal preference. Tastes great with sourdough and a cold beverage on the patio!

  4. Stevie Smith
    07.31.2021

    5 stars
    Full of flavor! Great way to use veggies from the garden!

  5. Bridget Cassun
    07.31.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious! So fresh and easy; great for the hot summer. Definitely will be a go to when I get a plethora of tomatoes!

  6. Shira Isenberg
    07.31.2021

    5 stars
    This soup is so easy and delicious! Great for a busy summer dinner.

  7. Erin Medina
    07.31.2021

    5 stars
    I made this lovely and delicious gazpacho for my friend’s birthday party and they loved it! I served the gazpacho in little jars and added edible flowers. It was such a hit! The ladies loved it! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the opportunity to enter the Cooking Club Contest! All my fingers and toes are crossed! 🙂

  8. Anna Bartels
    07.31.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious and refreshing! I don’t have a blender, but I was able to use my food processor and just had a slightly chunkier version, which I actually liked. Perfect for a hot night in the summer.

  9. Katie Lebow
    07.30.2021

    I was excited last night to finally have enough ripe tomatoes to make this for dinner. It was very refreshing on a hot day. Thanks for the great recipe!

  10. Will
    07.29.2021

    5 stars
    I love how simple this recipe is and that it can be made the day before. The flavors are great and I loved the topping suggestions. I will definitely make this again!

  11. Connie Schrider
    07.29.2021

    5 stars
    The Gazpacho was simple and easy to make. We let it chill over night and it was great. We added basil, hot peppers and lemon zest.
    Refreshing & Delicious!

  12. Jenna Laffin
    07.28.2021

    5 stars
    I love how creamy and zesty this gazpacho is even though it’s just straightforward vegetables! I’ve lived in Spain for 5 years and somehow this recipe is better than any gazpacho I’ve ever had there. I like to add garnishes like avocado and hard-boiled egg slices for protein (something I learned from Andalucía!)

  13. Cari Lynch
    07.28.2021

    Soooo refreshing, easy & delicious!! I always miss eating soup during the summer. This was a cool, clean way to fill the gap! I paired it with avocado toast on Ezekiel bread; my son enjoyed a yummy grilled cheese with it! A definite keeper!

  14. Devon
    07.28.2021

    I stole a taste before chilling, and now I can’t wait to try it after it’s fully chilled!

  15. Adrienne
    07.27.2021

    Was honestly bummed this months recipe was Gazpacho at first. But this recipe is definitely one of those don’t knock it till ya try it things! Had fun getting tomatoes from the farmers market and whipping this up on an 80 degree day – delicious, flavorful lite lunch .. to my surprise will definitely be on the rotation! Thanks for getting me to try something new ☺️

  16. Janice St. Hilaire
    07.27.2021

    5 stars
    I’m so mad at myself because 3 times I served it and 3 times I managed to forget to take a pic. SMH!!
    Nonetheless, this was by far the simplest yet most flavorful gazpacho recipe I’ve ever made. What a great way to use local, fresh ingredients.
    Thanks for a terrific recipe!

  17. Elizabeth Warren
    07.26.2021

    5 stars
    This receipe is full of flavor and easy to make in a Vitamix! The garlic and onions gives the soup a bit of a bite and the vinegar rounds out all of the flavors. It was tastier than any gazpacho I have had in a restaurant! I paired it will avocado toast for an easy and healthy lunch.

  18. Sara Miller
    07.26.2021

    5 stars
    This was my first time making Gazpacho at home and it was a great success! I enjoyed Gazpacho on a trip to Spain several summers ago and this recipe brought back good memories of that trip. It’s bright, zesty, and a perfect meal for hot summer days. I served mine in chilled glasses alongside a build-your-own avocado toast bar — such a fun dinner!

  19. Danielle McCauley
    07.25.2021

    5 stars
    This is the best tomato gazpacho recipe! A great way to utilize fresh, local tomatoes. Perfect for a hot summer night and could not have been easier to make!

  20. Kim Westfall
    07.25.2021

    5 stars
    Love a recipe that doesn’t require the grill or oven in these HOT Atlanta summer days! Delicious with crusty bread and a big salad!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.26.2021

      Hi Kim, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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