The Best Authentic Gazpacho Recipe

Indulge in the essence of summer with our best authentic gazpacho recipe. Bursting with ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and savory garlic, this refreshing soup celebrates Mediterranean flavors. Savor the taste of Spain with each spoonful and elevate your summer dining experience.

What a fantastic time for me to make an extraordinary soup. Summer may be hot, but a cooling soup can be rewarding. This is the perfect summer soup that will brighten your day.

For many years now, I have loved the chilled and refreshing Spanish tomato soup, which is one of the most popular cold Spanish soups. It came from Andalucia, an exotic region in Spain that is rich in natural herbs, foods, and ingredients. The soup is available in almost every place that sells food. Coffee shops, restaurants, bars, inns, and cafes have this delicacy.

The traditional Spanish gazpacho is more than just a soup; it’s a culinary tradition that embodies the essence of Mediterranean cuisine. At its core, Gazpacho is a blend of ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onions, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, and bread, all harmonizing to create a symphony of flavors. It’s a testament to simplicity and the earth’s bounty, with each ingredient crucial in achieving the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and savory.

The secret to authentic Andalusian Gazpacho lies in the quality of the raw ingredients. Ripe, juicy tomatoes bursting with flavor are non-negotiable. Fresh cucumbers, crisp bell peppers, and pungent garlic elevate the soup’s freshness and complexity. Extra virgin olive oil lends richness and silkiness, while sherry vinegar adds a subtle acidity that ties everything together. And let’s remember the bread, which thickens the soup and imparts a subtle nuttiness to the flavor profile.

In Barcelona, you will find more than five different gazpacho brands in bottles to buy and take away. The soup is very delicious and has an unmistakable flavor, especially during hot summer.

While soup is a national phenomenon in Spain, different parts of the country have various types of soup, each with a unique twist. The one in Salmorejo in Cordoba differs from the one in Porra Antequerana in Antequera. Each can be mixed with an extra pinch of veggies and extra fruits.

Spanish Gazpacho Key Ingredients

  1. Fresh tomatoes: Choose medium round or Roma tomatoes, as they produce the best thickness of the soup. If you can’t find these, any ripe red tomatoes will suffice. While there is no need to peel them, remove all seeds and the tough white core.
  2. Cucumber: Buy a small variety of cucumbers from your local grocery store. Choose the ones around 6 inches in length, seed them, and peel them.
  3. Green bell peppers: Many Spanish recipes insist on green bell peppers. I usually choose any variety or color.
  4. Red onion 
  5. Garlic: Use no more than 3 or 4 small cloves of garlic
  6. Olive oil: Traditional or classic Gazpacho soup contains lots of oils. While this may not be healthy for the heart, I prefer to use just ¼ cups in my recipe.
  7. Bread crumbs: (For those who want to use it, my recipe is without bread.)Any bread will do the job, but the crusty white part of your leftover bread is best for preparing Gazpacho soup. It’s great for thickening the mixture while adding flavor. Ensure that you get rid of crusts. Let the bread sit in the soup for around 10 minutes. This will soften it before you run the food processor. 
  8. Sherry vinegar: The area of Andalucia is famous for its wide availability of sherry, the standard component of our Gazpacho. If sherry vinegar is unavailable in your local stores, go for red wine vinegar, as it has a similar flavor.
  9. Ground cumin: When I was traveling in Andalucia a couple of years ago, our travel guide taught us a secret for adding cumin to increase the flavor of Gazpacho soup. This ingredient is prevalent in southern Spain, thanks to its proximity to Morocco. It adds delightful yet subtle notes to the recipe.
  10. Salt to taste and black pepper to delight the palate.

How to Make This Easy Gazpacho Recipe

Puree your soup: Add all of the above ingredients to the food processor or blender. Puree for about a minute or longer until the Gazpacho attains the consistency that you prefer. My personal taste is a super-smooth texture.

Chill: Remove your soup from the blender and put it into a sealed container. Next, refrigerate the mixture for 4-5 hours until it is completely chilled.

Serve: I love my Gazpacho soup very chilled in summer. Serve yours and add any favorite toppings.

Gazpacho soup toppings

Toppings are essential in my recipe, especially with such an easy, pureed soup! I like to throw in any combination of the following ingredients to my gazpacho soup:

Homemade croutons: This is easy to prepare with your leftover bread

Fresh-cracked black pepper: Pepper is always a must in my recipes.

Fresh herbs like chives, basil, thyme, rosemary, and oregano are some of my all-time favorites.

Cream: Add a slight drizzle of cream, such as sour cream

Olive oil: An extra drizzle of olive oil on top of the soup is conventional and traditional in Spain.

Chopped hard-boiled eggs or Spanish ham are traditional toppings in the country, especially in Salmorejo and largely in the south of Spain.

Tomato, green pepper, onion, or cucumber – you can sprinkle a little of these leftover chopped gazpacho veggies on your soup.

How to Serve Gazpacho

  1. Appetizer: Serve Gazpacho as a refreshing appetizer before a meal. Pour it into small bowls or shot glasses for individual servings, garnished with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of fresh herbs like basil or parsley.
  2. Light Lunch: Gazpacho is a satisfying and light lunch option, especially on hot summer days. Pair it with a crusty bread, a simple salad, or a selection of Spanish tapas such as olives, cheese, and cured meats for a complete meal.
  3. Soup Course: Gazpacho can be included in a multi-course meal. Serve it in larger bowls as the first course, followed by other dishes like grilled fish, roasted vegetables, or paella for a Mediterranean-inspired feast.
  4. Outdoor Gatherings: Gazpacho is perfect for outdoor gatherings, picnics, or barbecues. Serve it in a large pitcher or punch bowl with ladles for guests to help themselves. Offer an assortment of toppings and garnishes such as diced avocado, crumbled feta cheese, or chopped cilantro.
  5. Chilled Soup Shooters: For a fun and elegant presentation at cocktail parties or events, serve Gazpacho in shot glasses or small cups as chilled soup shooters. For an extra touch of flair, garnish each shooter with a skewer of cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, or grilled shrimp.

Whatever you do, the most essential part about Gazpacho is serving it super chilled. You may be forgiven for serving in whatever style, but nobody will like Gazpacho that is not chilled enough. Oh, and another thing: serving sizes in Spain are traditionally pretty small. There is no need to serve in a large soup bowl unless you or your guests are really hungry.

How to Customize this Traditional Gazpacho Recipe

While the recipe above is for genuine tomato gazpacho soup, you can personalize your Gazpacho in so many ways. You could do the following.

Add veggies: corn, beets, red bell pepper, and zucchini are some of my favorite additions here.

Add some fruit: Watermelon, strawberries, and cantaloupe are the favorite additions here in Spain.

Add some spice: This is usually a rare addition in Spain. Remember that the people here almost always avoid heat in their food. However, I love adding a few slices of serrano, jalapeño, and a pinch of cayenne to my soup.

Add extra herbs: Fresh herbs — such as basil, thyme, rosemary, and chives are also delicious in this recipe.

Equipment For this Best Gazpacho Recipe

  1. Blender or Food Processor
  2. Cutting Board and Knife.
  3. Large Bowl or Pitcher: Once blended, transfer the Gazpacho to a large bowl or pitcher for chilling and serving. Make sure it’s big enough to hold all the soup and has a lid or cover for refrigeration.
  4. Measuring Cups and Spoons
  5. Spoon or Ladle
  6. Optional: Fine sieve, strainer or cheesecloth: If you prefer a smoother gazpacho, you can strain the soup through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove any remaining pulp or seeds.

How to Store Gazpacho

Transfer the Gazpacho to an airtight container or pitcher and store it in the refrigerator. Chilling the soup helps preserve its flavors and freshness. Gazpacho can typically be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.

With its vibrant colors, refreshing flavors, and simple preparation, authentic Gazpacho is the epitome of summer dining and perfect for hot summer months. Whether enjoyed as a light lunch, appetizer, or even a refreshing drink, this cold soup will surely delight your palate and transport you to the sun-kissed shores of Spain. So gather your freshest ingredients, blend up a batch of Gazpacho, and savor the taste of summer with every spoonful. ¡Salud!

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Best authentic gazpacho recipe

The Best Authentic Gazpacho Recipe

Indulge in the essence of summer with our best authentic gazpacho recipe. Bursting with ripe tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and savory garlic, this refreshing soup celebrates Mediterranean flavors. Savor the taste of Spain with each spoonful and elevate your summer dining experience.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: European, Gluten-free, Paleo, Spanish, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: Authentic Spanish Gazpacho, gazpacho
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Angie


  • 3 small garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled
  • 5 large heirloom tomatoes, halved and cored*
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cored
  • 1/2 small red onion, peeled
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 3 chopped basil
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • Optional garnishes such as chopped fresh herbs, homemade croutons, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Any leftover ingredients
  • water if needed


  • Combine all your ingredients together in a food processor or blender.  Puree for 1 minute and stop when the soup reaches your most preferred consistency.  Taste and season with pepper, extra salt, and a little cumin if needed.
  • Refrigerate the mixture in a sealed container for 4-5 hours, so that it is completely chilled.
  • Serve cold, and add your desired garnishes.
  • To remove the core from your tomatoes, scoop out and discard the seeds plus any tough white core.


Serving: 8g | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.1g | Protein: 0.02g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 291mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 0.003g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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