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¡Gazpacho! The Original Chilled Soup

22 August / 2018

Most people probably don’t know the origin of gazpacho and probably don’t care as long as it tastes good, but at De Las Mías we do care because it makes us proud of our rich and diverse heritage.

Gazpacho has ancient origins dating back to the Moorish occupation of Spain starting in the 800s and ending in the mid 1400s. It started off as a simple soup made of ground garlic, stale bread, olive oil and water and evolved into the most famous version of gazpacho, gazpacho clásico, rich with tomatoes from the Andes! What a rich history we Latinas have–going all the way back to the Moors, to Latin America and back again!

Gazpacho is still a staple in Southern Spain, but you can find it in almost any tapas bar in Spain in the summertime. I had my first bowl in Madrid in August when I was young and poor, and boy was I glad it was cheap and chilled. (Gazpacho aficionados say it should be cold and not chilled, but mine gave me brain freeze and I loved it!) Have it your own way, Comadres! No matter how you slice it, or blend it, gazpacho is delicious, refreshing and nutritious!

Gazpacho has a rich history dating back to the Romans. Like many other Spanish, Latin American and Mexican American foods, gazpacho has evolved and continues to evolve here in the U.S.  

There are many different kinds of gazpacho:  green gazpacho, melon gazpacho, and my personal favorite, watermelon gazpacho. With so much variety there’s so much to choose from! We love this article on 11 variations of gazpacho.

De Las Mías Test Kitchen Chef, Lori, and our fabulous nutritionist, Malena Perdomo, put together this traditional gazpacho recipe especially for you! It’s easy and quick and makes about 4 cups. (You can find it in De Las Mías app in La Cocina!)

Lori’s Gazpacho

Ingredients:

  • 3 large beefsteak tomatoes (about 1.5 pounds)
  • ½ large green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ red or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 slice wheat bread cut in small pieces (1 ounce)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground sea salt
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • ½ cup peeled, diced cucumber

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, bring 2 cups of water to a rapid boil.
  2. Place the tomatoes in the boiling water and boil until the skin begins to peel.
  3. Remove the tomatoes from the water and let cool. Peel and remove the stem. Slice into quarters and remove some of the seeds.
  4. Add the tomatoes, half the chopped green peppers and half the chopped red peppers, the minced garlic and the chopped onion to a blender. Blend lightly.
  5. Add the bread, olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper to the blender.
  6. Blend well for 30-40 seconds.
  7. Refrigerate for one hour before serving.
  8. Serve cold and sprinkle the diced cucumber and the remaining chopped red and green bell peppers over each serving.

So, don’t be shy, Comadres! Dive into the deliciousness of gazpacho. A great way to love your veggies and your body.

¡Buen provecho!

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