Thick & Hearty Gazpacho

August 8, 2009 at 7:11 am 3 comments

All spring I think about gazpacho.  As the tomatoes ripen I dream of this fresh and yummy summer soup.  This is my Thick & Hearty Gazpacho recipe which incorporates more vegetables than just cucumbers and tomatoes, and uses quinoa rather than bread, which gives it a nice texture and is healthier.  Serves 4 to 6.  If you want to share.



Cook & set aside:

1/2 cup quinoa in 1 cup water

(Bring water to a boil, add quinoa, stir and bring to a boil again, cover and lower heat.  After 5 minutes, stir and remove from heat.  Let sit 5 to 10 minutes.  The quinoa may still be mushy but that’s okay, it’s soup.)


Chop & Steam until very soft:

1 small yellow squash (peeled)

&/or 1 bell pepper (red best for color)

&/or 1 sweet banana pepper or Hungarian yellow pepper


Mix & set aside:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

liberal pepper

lots of paprika for color

cayenne to taste (which for us means A LOT)


In the food processor, blend:

2 cloves garlic

1/2 cup fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh basil

2 to 4 green onions (stocks and bulbs)


Add & blend:

1 to 2 large cucumbers, peeled and chopped

all steamed veggies

6 large tomatoes (if you’re short on tomatoes because you accidentally ate them all yesterday then use 2 large tomatoes + 1-16 ounce can diced tomatoes.)


Add & blend:*


oil & vinegar mix

*I like it chunky, but you can blend longer if you like.

Serve fresh or refrigerate.


And here’s a poem …

God’s Face Appeared in your Gazpacho

by Adam Taylor

God’s face appeared
in your gazpacho –
a refreshing mosaic
of red pepper ears
and slightly surprised
cucumber eyes
weeping tears
of chopped tomato.

The sun didn’t change
its normal course.
No neighbours came
nor ailing masses
nor men of god
to check in light
of latest doctrine.

God’s face appeared
in your gazpacho –
but you never knew.
You’d mislaid
your reading glasses.



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Props to Anthropologie And now, my poem. In the style of Ogden Nash.

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Bee  |  August 8, 2009 at 9:24 am

    there’s squash in this?? Well now…. and cute poem- ha ha ha.

  • 2. jessieisskoopy  |  August 9, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Mmm. Gazpacho. Here is a piece of trivia. I always considered it a soup. A cold soup, but a soup nonetheless. However during my recent travels in Spain, I learned that gazpacho is a SALAD. A liquid salad, but a salad nonetheless.

  • 3. saratoday  |  August 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    I was intrigued by this tidbit, and was considering changing my poem title to “Tomato Salad.” But, I think I will stick with calling gazpacho “soup” as “liquid salad” sounds icky to me.

    And if you’re interested in the history of gazpacho:


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