There are so many wonderful Gazpacho recipes! This is one of Spain's most famous dishes and it is THE perfect dish for a hot day!
For those yet to experience this dish, it is essentially a cold vegetable soup. As you can imagine, it is a wonderful healthy recipe and so easy to make!
Gazpacho has its origins in the days of the Romans before the tomato was introduced to Spain. Over the centuries, the idea of this cold soup evolved in many regions throughout Spain. The more famous version using tomatoes is said to have originated in the southern region of Andalusia as a refreshing summer dish for workers in the fields. That tradition continues today!
There are SO many versions of gazpacho. It seems there is a different recipe for every cook! I love to experiment with gazpacho and rarely make it exactly the same way twice. It seems there is always another or different ingredient than can enhance the taste!
Because I tend to experiment a little, the results are not always what one could call "traditional gazpacho." In fact, you probably won't find some of the recipes or methods I use here in Spain. With that said, I think some of my alternate recipes and methods are still in the spirit of the original dish. After all, if it tastes good, eat it!
You will also find a couple other variations of gazpacho as well as a couple dishes that are not gazpacho at all, but in the similar spirit.
I have provided a recipe for a more "traditional" gazpacho below. It is very good, but my alternate recipe adds a few non-traditional ingredients and I think it is really tasty. My Spanish wife agrees (she is a tough sell on Spanish food!). Either way, both versions taste great! Try some of these recipes and have some fun of your own experimenting a little too! In the end, the result is a wonderful refreshing dish that makes that excruciatingly hot summer day just a little more bearable! In fact, it's nice to have a hot day just as an excuse for gazpacho! Enjoy!