Summertime Gazpacho

There is nothing like gazpacho in summertime. Gazpacho is a cold, spicy, raw tomato soup which originated in southern Spain, made with peppers, onion, garlic and cucumbers which are either diced and/or blended.

It is so nice on a hot day to not have to turn on the oven. Besides that, it's a great way to use up all those tomatoes in your garden. And it's gluten-free, casein-free, and GAPS-legal.

Summertime Gazpacho

Summertime Gazpacho

  • Author: Ann Marie Michaels


  • Homemade chicken stock (3 cups, about 24 ounces)
  • Medium tomatoes (5-6) — I like to use a blend of red and yellow
  • Large cucumbers (2) or Persian cucumbers (4)
  • Red bell pepper (1) or yellow bell pepper (1) — or 1/2 of each — you can also use green bell pepper; I just don't like the taste as much)
  • Large red onion (1/2) or small red onion (1)
  • Garlic cloves(2-3)
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
    Optional: Avocado
    Optional: Jalapeno or serrano pepper (1)
    Optional: Parsley (1 bunch)
    Optional: Basil (1 bunch)
    Optional: Cilantro (1 bunch)
    Optional: Freshly squeezed lemon or lime


1. If you keep your chicken stock frozen like I do, warm it up in a saucepan. When warm, pour into a bowl and stick it in the fridge to let it cool down.
2. Peel the tomatoes, remove the seeds, and cut into large chunks. The best way to peel tomatoes: fill a medium saucepan halfway with water (enough to cover your tomatoes), bring to a boil, place the tomatoes in and boil for one minute — set aside to cool and peel). Add to the a bowl, or the bowl of your food processor. (I do it in my food processor.)
3. Peel the cucumbers, scrape out the seeds, and cut into large pieces. Add to bowl.
4. Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut them up into large pieces. Add to bowl.
5. Peel the onion and cut it up, crush the garlic and add to bowl.
6. If using, rinse the parsley/basil/cilantro, chop, and add to bowl.
7. If using the food processor, pulse a few times for chunkier gazpacho. Blend longer for smoother gazpacho.
8. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the cooled chicken stock. Add a glug of olive oil and a glug of vinegar. If using lemon or lime juice, squeeze a little in. Stir.
9. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly grated black pepper.
10. Taste and add olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper until it is to your liking.
11. Serve with ice cubes and/or, if you have some on hand, chunks of avocado.


There are many different recipes for gazpacho. Most contain bread and tomato juice. I don't use bread and I like to make gazpacho with chicken stock instead of tomato juice. Chicken stock adds a lot more flavor, and it's also a lot nutrient-dense than using water or tomato juice. And chicken stock is good for digestion. If you have issues with digestion (food intolerances, discomfort, etc.), incorporating chicken stock into your diet will help.

I have made this recipe with and without the herbs and hot peppers (jalapenos). I like it both ways. If you like hot and spicy, use the hot peppers. If you prefer a more mild soup, you can skip it. If you have the herbs in your garden, throw them in. If you don't, the soup will still come out great. If the soup comes out too spicy for you, you can always add more tomato and cucumber at the end.

The texture is also up to you. Some people like a very chunky diced gazpacho. Others prefer a very smooth blended soup. I like mine somewhere in between. If you want it chunky, use a knife and not a food processor. If you like it smooth, don't even bother cutting anything up and throw everything in the food processor or blender. If you're like me and like it somewhere in between, cut the veggies into large chunks and use your food processor's pulse function and don't overblend.

This soup gets more flavorful over time. So, ideally, make it 12-24 hours in advance. I'm never that good at planning ahead myself — but we always enjoy the leftovers the next day. You can eat this out of the fridge for a few days — or you can freeze it in ice cube trays.

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28 thoughts on “Summertime Gazpacho

  1. What I’ve gotten from people who have been to spain (as in, people who have taken the time to seek out food, and old grandma’s and the like), is that the base of any gazpacho is bread mushed up from olive oil. after that, you can add whatever you want veggie wise, but the soul of it is the oil and bread. I have subscribed to this philosophy for a long time, and it always turns out amazing.

  2. Blake –

    Yes that is a traditional way to make gazpacho. However, I have seen recipes with and without bread. It’s like any regional standby recipe — there are always variations and different versions are passed down.

    I wanted to make a gazpacho that had no bread — so people who are gluten-intolerant or doing GAPS could eat it. I also just don’t think the bread is necessary. This soup is so flavorful and delicious. I guess I’d just rather limit my bread intake. I LOVE bread, and it’s easy for me to eat too much — so I try to eat it when it counts. Like a yummy bagel or a croissant occasionally.

    I also wanted a chicken stock base — it is a good way to get more bone broth into your family.

  3. I have been wanting to make chicken stock so badly – I’m almost out. I might have to do it this weekend. I love gazpacho and your recipe is full of great flavors. Also – I appreciate all of the notes to help understand the recipe better. Gazpacho has so many variations and you have lots of great suggestions.

    Did the veggies come from your garden? They look fresh off of the vine.

  4. This looks like a great recipe, and thinking about it is making me hungry:)

    I’m new to blogging myself (just started today), and I wanted to say how much I love your blog. “Nourishing Traditions” and the research of Weston Price have been life-changing for me, but it can be a challenge to incorporate traditional foods. Your posts are both informative and practical. I initially found your site when I was looking for details on how to make beet kvass.

    To Good Health through Traditional Foods!

  5. love gazpacho.
    question for you. seems you do a bit of shopping at TJ’s and have an idea of what items fit the bill for a nourished life. If you have a sec, would you let us know which breads are REAL sourdough? My husband makes ours, but occasionally we get a flop and then we’re a bit short on bread for the week. and it is convenient that TJ’s is around our corner. btw, do you think their pizza dough counts as soaked, albeit not sprouted.

  6. Just checking…

    Did you REALLY peel all those tiny red tomatoes?? I have nearly a bushel of the yummy little things! My boys & I have been snacking on them, but as far as cooking them or making them into salsa or gazpacho, I’ve been more than a little intimidated by skinning them all.


  7. Yes sorry I haven’t been commenting guys — I was hacked and am dealing w/ the aftermath.

    Peasprout – Kelly is right. If you look on the ingredients on the bread label, if it says “sourdough culture” or even just “flour and water” but does NOT say yeast, that’s real sourdough. If it has added yeast, it’s been leavened with commercial yeast, not real sourdough.

    And no I did not peel all those tomatoes. I got them from my garden and took a photo. I tried making gazpacho with them and not peeling them but I don’t like it when I eat tomato peels in gazpacho. So I recommend using regular tomatoes, not cherry tomatoes for gazpacho. It’s very easy to peel reg. tomatoes using the method I describe of blanching them.

  8. Hi Annemarie!

    I’ve been following your blog for a while, and I’ve enjoyed all of the great recipes and information on here!

    I’m an American living in Germany, and I’m still in the process of exploring the food landscape. (The eggs here are much better, for one). I was in a health food store today and I ran into Kanne Brottrunk: . The details are in the article, but it’s basically a sourdough kvass. I’m not used to the taste of nonalcoholic fermented beverages, but Brottrunk tastes pretty good when mixed with a little bit of apple juice and sparkling water. The best part is that 0,75 L only costs about two euros.

    Readers in Europe may already know about it, but if not, they may want to keep an eye out for it.

    I’m hoping that probiotics (among other things) will help keep the colds at bay through the cold, wet autumn!

  9. Also, I’ve noticed that Germans in generally are slimmer than Americans. I have further noticed that they eat plenty of full fat yogurt and cream cheese, pork, beef, eggs, etc. You’ll see some items in the store advertised as low-fat, but I think that people here instinctively know that low-fat sausage is just wrong, haha. And yet obesity isn’t much of a problem here! Hmmmmmmmmm. How about that!

  10. I’ve never even tried gazpacho before! I’ll have to make some for the bone broth challenge.

  11. I just saved this recipe and intend to make and eat this…as soon as my tummy is healed up enough to eat veggies again. I’m on GAPS Intro…which is making me feel better, but boy-oh is it boring.

    Thanks for blogging. I’ve learned a ton from you in a very short time. Keep on, keeping on! ;O)

  12. I have tried gazpacho in restaurants before and never liked it, but I will give your recipe a try. It sounds yummy with all those fresh ingredients. I will let you know how it turns out.

  13. This is so on my list of things to make when I get my new slow cooker, chicken feet and such and broth a cooking! Sounds so yummy! My mom and I found a gazpacho recipe this weekend and both said we needed to try it. I then decided I needed to see if you had an even better recipe, which of course, you did! I’m excited that it includes broth! πŸ™‚

  14. Hi, I am very sorry but this is not gazpacho, as much as there are versions of gazpacho it definitely never has half of the ingredients mentioned on this site. To begin with, gazpacho is never spicy! There is not a single Spanish dish that calls for serrano peppers (that is mexican cooking) People in Spain don’t eat spicy food, especially in the south, there are only a handful of Spanish recipes that have a bit of spice and most come from the north. Traditional gazpacho recipe is a lot simpler and healthier than this list of ingredients the following:


    10 Tomatoes (in spain I use from the vine but in the US they are more acidic so I use plum tomatoes instead)
    1 Green Pepper
    1 or 2 cloves of garlic
    Some leftover bread
    2 tablespoons of Extra virgin olive oil
    1 tablespoon of Sherry vinegar

    …some people add Cucumber and 1/4 onion

    No cooking involved just blend it all until it is completely smooth

    Garnishes (optional, can be served on the side):

    Everything cut in small pieces

    Boiled Egg
    Crostinis or any toast bread, in Spain its Picos or regana.
    Green pepper
    A little bit of olive oil on top once its served in the individual bowl

    This is 100% easy to make and traditional recipe.

    1. Thanks for your comment. You are referring to “traditional” Spanish gazpacho. Gazpacho actually dates back much earlier to the Romans or Arabs.

      Gazpacho has become an almost generic term for chilled vegetable soup; there are many modern variations.

      I think the addition of chicken stock is infinitely healthier than water. White bread is also devoid of nutrients, which is why I omitted the bread.

      I’m from Texas so I like spicy food — but if you don’t like it spicy, you can leave out the peppers; it’s still really good.

      1. The word gazpacho comes from Spain and the dish is Spanish, the roots are Arab because Spain was occupied by the moors for 750 years, but calling something that doesn’t have the base for gazpacho, gazpacho…you might as well call it a cold soup. There are many modern variations of gazpacho but what you are making here seems more like a chicken soup than any variation of gazpacho

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