Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Gazpacho

Summertime is here and what better way to celebrate than with a fresh bowl of gazpacho and some crusty French bread. Williams Sonoma always has such beautiful pictures of food so I decided to try the gazpacho recipe printed in one of their catalogs to see how it turned out. And it turned out great! This tomato-based gazpacho combines the flavors of heirloom tomatoes, parsley, and fresh lemon juice to produce a deliciously satisfying gazpacho.

Summer Gazpacho
Serves 4-6

  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 3 lb. heirloom tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • 5 tsp. fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil (I cut this down to just 2 Tbsp.)
  • 2 tsp. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. minced fresh thyme
  • 2 Tbsp sherry vinegar (I used oregano balsamic vinegar)
  • 2 cups cubed French bread
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

  1. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup onion, 1 cup tomatoes, 3/4 cup cucumbers, 1 tsp. lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. oil, parsley, and 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. In a Vitamix blender, combine remaining onion, 4 tsp. lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. salt, garlic, thyme, vinegar, and bread. Turn blender on, slowly increase speed to highest setting and blend until smooth. 
  3. Add half of remaining tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell pepper; blend until completely smooth, about 1 minute. Blend remaining tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell pepper until smooth. Season with pepper. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.
  4. Just before serving, transfer soup to blender. With blender on lowest setting, slowly stream in 3 Tbsp. oil (I only added 1); blend 1 minute. Ladle gazpacho into bowls. Garnish with heaping spoonful of diced vegetables.


  1. thanks Angela, I am sooooo going to make this!
    :) I will probably garnish with a few sprigs of arugula.

  2. Great! Let me know how it turns out!