Fiery in colour, just like the Andalucian heat, this cold Spanish soup originated from Andalucia, one of the hottest areas in Spain. Full of nutritious ingredients, it will give you the energy you need to function when the heat is pressing hard. This delicious soup is one of my favourite dishes from Spanish summer cuisine. It is healthy, easy to make and bursting with flavour using a small number of common summer salad staples - in fact, it is like eating a liquid salad! As such, gazpacho is also very low on calories, containing only 146 kcal per serving which is the reason why we have no guilt when we dip some 'barquitos' (pieces of bread) into to it :-).
Like most simple dishes, gazpacho is more than its individual parts and every cook has their own version! A tasty gazpacho demands only the finest ingredients to make it truly special - the ripest tomatoes, a small amount of cucumber and pepper to add a touch of flavour and just the right amount of bread and garlic to give it some body and bite! It’s also got a little zing which comes from the vinegar. Finally, some good olive oil is needed to get the balance of flavours right.
Once you have your version of gazpacho, then you can add yummy garnishes like peppers, onions, crumbled bread sticks of chopped pieces of jamon to embellish and "pimp" your gazpacho!