During the long, cold winter months, nothing sounds better than a brothy, warm soup. Well, winter is over my friends! That means it's time to give your hot soups a refreshing makeover. Celebrating the heat, gazpacho is what you need to stay cool, and keep your taste buds happy.
If you've never had gazpacho, here are a few things to know. Gazpacho is traditionally a tomato-based soup served in Spain. Most recipes out there - tomato based or not - wind up being vegetarian or even vegan - because it's all about the produce! A few require cooked ingredients, but the majority are made raw. You can also skip the veggie stock, because these fresh blended soups are all good by their lonesome.
If you've had a long day of soaking up the sun's rays and can't bear a hot kitchen, then whip up one of these refreshing gazpacho recipes.
1. Beet Gazpacho
This gazpacho is the ideal transition from winter to spring. For those days when the sun is shining, but temperatures aren't quite summer status, the roasted flavors of Beet Gazpacho meet you right in the middle.
The pureed mixture has the prettiest color out there, and you'll want a large bowl.
2. Chilled Cucumber Soup with Farm Fresh Herbs
Nothing cools you down quite like a fresh, chilled cucumber soup. Made with love from the garden, this Chilled Cucumber Soup with Farm Fresh Herbs is what you need after a day out in the sun.
A drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil on top, along with a few dashes of lime juice, brings this recipe completely over the top.
3. Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho
Hold on, smooth avocado blended with refreshing cucumbers all topped with a cucumber jalapeño salsa? Yes, please.
The combination of diced vegetables packs the heat while the cucumbers bring out the light, bright taste of the vegetable soup.
4. Green Gazpacho
What exactly is Green Gazpacho you ask? It's everything fresh and tasty you could possibly want in the color green.
Avocado, cucumbers, celery, scallions, lime, and a handful of fresh herbs, with yellow grape tomatoes for a little flair, this is the cold soup you've been waiting all winter for. One garlic clove goes a long way when it comes to gazpacho, and two garlic cloves are just right.
5. Sweet Corn Gazpacho
Looking for a new way to use up this year's corn harvest? Look no further because this creamy, yet dairy-free Sweet Corn Gazpacho recipe is the answer.
A dash of black pepper and a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar on top elevate this sweet corn soup from basic to banging.
6. Carrot Gazpacho with Lemongrass
Asian meets Spanish in this crazy gazpacho fusion recipe consisting of lemongrass, carrots, coconut milk, and a dash of sherry.
7. Cantaloupe Gazpacho with Crispy Prosciutto
Looking to mix things up with your gazpacho? Then you have got to make this Cantaloupe Gazpacho with Crispy Prosciutto.
The sweetness of the cantaloupe mixed with the saltiness of the prosciutto will send you taste buds for a ride.
8. Mango Gazpacho with Crab and Jalapeño Relish
While this is one of the exceptions to vegetarian gazpacho, rules were meant to be broken. This smooth, sweet mango puree topped with the goodness of spicy jalapeño and lump crabmeat was meant to send you visions of a tropical paradise.
9. Spicy Bloody Mary Gazpacho
The next time you gather with your friends for a Sunday brunch, bust out these Spicy Bloody Mary Gazpacho Shooters. They're a guaranteed hit.
It might sound crazy, but watermelon and tomato make for one of the most satisfying gazpacho recipes around. Seriously, try it.
11. Tomato and Red Bell Pepper Gazpacho
Simple, vegan, paleo friendly, and nothing but fresh ingredients, Tomato and Red Bell Pepper Gazpacho is one to add to the rotation.
12. Andalusian Gazpacho
In the world of gazpacho, it doesn't get any more authentic than a chilled bowl of an Andalusian based recipe. Tomatoes, garlic, and soaked bread are must haves in this recipe.
If you are wanting to try an authentic recipe, then do yourself a favor and make this one from Taste Love and Nourish.