Gazpacho Soup

Today, I had a wonderful group with my patients.

Sometimes, when I run a group, I ask patients to introduce themselves with the following questions: “what do you love to do?” Or, “what do you do that makes you lose track of time?”

Surprisingly, such a simple question generates a lot of discussion. It engenders positive feelings of well-being and it is an opportunity for patients to share with each other their passions in life.

One patient, Henri, (I wrote about him in The Birthday PartyΒ https://coffeeklatchinsight.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/the-birthday-party/) shared in an earlier group that he loves to garden and he even grows his own vegetables.

Today, he surprised us. He brought in his first crop of tomatoes. With such luscious tomatoes, I decided to make gazpacho soup.

I have not made gazpacho soup in years. I forgot how great it is.

This recipe comes from my Aunt Perel (A”H). Aunt Perel was a fabulous cook! I think of her often, especially when I cook.

Cooking was Aunt Perel’s passion in life. She could quote the source and the originator of a particular recipe the way other people discuss academic research.

This soup is particularly great when using fresh, ripe tomatoes. It feels like eating salad in a bowl.

Ingredients

1.5 lbs ripe tomatoes

3/4 cup onions

1 cucumber, peeled

1 small green pepper

1-2 garlic cloves

1.5 teaspoons salt, to taste

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup olive oil (can add up to 1/3 cup, but my family does not like things with too much oil)

1/2 cup wine vinegar

1/2 cup water

Optional: 3/4 cup dried breadcrumbs, or serve with croutons

Instructions

Place ingredients in food processor and pulse until desired consistency. Adjust seasoning. Serve chilled.

tomatoes shared during our group

voila! final product

I must say, this soup surpassed my wildest expectations!

My husband loved it! He said, “this is fantastic! I don’t even like gazpacho….. Can I have some more?”

A true vote of confidence!

Many blessings to Aunt Perel (A”H) for sharing her wonderful recipes and culinary expertise.

 

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39 thoughts on “Gazpacho Soup

  1. SimpletoWow August 11, 2016 at 9:17 PM Reply

    looks delicious and refreshing!

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  2. Karina Pinella August 11, 2016 at 10:42 PM Reply

    This is great; I’ve got all the ingredients too. I’m not much of a gazpacho fan either, but I don’t really remember having some. Probably because cold soup doesn’t sound good.

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  3. Karina Pinella August 11, 2016 at 10:51 PM Reply

    Instant salad – that makes it sound more palatable.

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  4. healthyindiankitchen August 12, 2016 at 12:34 AM Reply

    It looks great! The combination of tomatoes with the other ingredients will really bring out the flavors of gazpacho. Love the recipe πŸ™‚

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  5. anotherfoodieblogger August 12, 2016 at 2:35 AM Reply

    Wonderful recipe for the fresh tomatoes finally coming out! YUM!

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  6. Osyth August 12, 2016 at 3:20 AM Reply

    This is gazpacho as I love it … Many recipes clued stale bread and with a gluten intolerant daughter I never included it … And in fact I think it’s much nicer without. Maybe that was what your husband didn’t like before he tasted your delectable cool brew?

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  7. CHCooks August 12, 2016 at 5:28 AM Reply

    The soup looks delicious, thanks for sharing! What warmed my heart is how one of your patients shared his bounty with rest of you all – so touching πŸ™‚

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  8. Becky Ellis August 12, 2016 at 8:25 AM Reply

    Such a sweet story and a fabulous recipe, thank you for sharing! Happy Summer!

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  9. Malka August 12, 2016 at 10:20 AM Reply

    Yum! You can also add fresh basil which really goes well with the tomatoes and serve it with diced avocados on top instead of croutons. All of your recipes are delicious and easy to prepare – thanks so much for sharing!

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  10. Doctor Jonathan August 13, 2016 at 12:14 AM Reply

    I am not a big food person, but I truly enjoy gazpacho soup. On these hot humid days, cold gazpacho soup is really satisfying.

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    • Cooking For The Time Challenged August 13, 2016 at 9:00 PM Reply

      This recipe even made a convert out of my husband, who is also not a food person in general or a soup person in particular.

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      • Doctor Jonathan August 15, 2016 at 12:48 AM

        I’m not surprised. With you as the chef, I am certain there will be many foods he will be surprised at enjoying. I’m sure the love you put into cooking improves the flavor and taste as well. πŸ™‚

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      • Cooking For The Time Challenged August 15, 2016 at 12:53 AM

        I think so! I even have my husband agreeing that “you can taste the love.” Of course, the tomatoes were grown with love too by my patient. So, that also helped.πŸ…

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  11. Kiki August 13, 2016 at 5:02 PM Reply

    Ooooh can’t wait to try this before the summer is over. You might also enjoy my cucumber soup recipe: https://ankithagadag.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/chilled-avocado-cucumber-soup/

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  12. IreneDesign2011 August 14, 2016 at 11:18 AM Reply

    Gazpacho is good and very refreshing in the heat, where it can be difficult to manage much hunger.
    I use another Spanish recipe and it use to be a success too πŸ™‚

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  13. Jessica August 14, 2016 at 11:34 AM Reply

    Wow! That sounds delicious!

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  14. Lynz Real Cooking August 14, 2016 at 10:12 PM Reply

    Very refreshing!

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  15. Dana @ IveGotCake August 15, 2016 at 4:05 PM Reply

    Way to go!! Nothing better than using home-grown vegetables. You can honestly taste the difference! Great post, I really enjoyed reading this πŸ™‚
    xox

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  16. munchkinontheroad March 20, 2017 at 9:06 AM Reply

    Reblogged this on On the Road Cooking and commented:
    This gazpacho soup does look fantastic!

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