Gazpacho is a chilled Spanish soup that is absolutely scrumptious, especially on hot and humid summer nights, and definitely passes the requirements for vegans and vegetarians. Cold gazpacho soup can be dressed up with some organic croutons or hot sauce, depending on your taste. Nutrient-dense gazpacho soup is already full of healthy nutrients, and you can make it even more so by adding different types of organic chopped vegetables, of course, a delicious avocado is always a must! Many think of gazpacho soup as “liquid salad,” which is exactly what it is.
Brief History of Gazpacho Soup
Gazpacho (Gas-pa-tcho) is a nutrient-dense, flavorful, chilled tomato and vegetable soup originating in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Gazpacho originated as a poor man’s food consumed by laborers in the vineyards and olive plantations. The main ingredients were stale “residue” or leftover bread, water, and olive oil; all pounded in a wooden bowl as well as any leftover parts of vegetables also added and pounded through with the liquid. Certainly nothing fancy about this, but it was undoubtedly delicious. During the 19th century, the red gazpacho evolved with the addition of tomatoes to the ingredients, and it is this version that spread internationally.
Gazpacho is still extremely popular throughout Spain and Portugal. There are millions of gazpacho soup recipe variations, but most known and popular to us here in the USA is tomato gazpacho.
Is Nutrient-Dense Gazpacho healthy?
Short answer – Yes! The fact that gazpacho contains fresh vegetables and ingredients ups the health-factor tremendously. Rich in minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C, A, and E make gazpacho soup a go-to healthy food. Red tomatoes are high in carotenoids such as lycopene and beta-carotene, which can aid in the prevention of certain cancers, high blood pressure, and even eye health issues.
Nutrient-Dense Gazpacho Soup Recipe
(Always use organic ingredients when available.)
1 cucumber, sliced into chunks
4 large ripe tomatoes
1/2 bell pepper, any color
2 cloves garlic
1 celery rib, chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 sweet onion, quartered
3 tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
dash black pepper
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp chopped fresh basil
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Simply combine all the ingredients (except the fresh herbs) in a high-speed blender or food processor and process until smooth. Stir in the fresh herbs. Chill in the fridge. Enjoy!
Gazpacho Soup Toppings: Chunks of organic tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, onions, carrots, celery, avocado, homemade croutons.
Nutrient-Dense Gazpacho – Helpful Hints
1. Since this recipe does not require cooking, for best flavor, use the freshest and best ingredients you can find (organic is best). Tomatoes are the real superstar in this recipe, so be sure to select perfectly ripe tomatoes. If you can find heirloom tomatoes, which are wonderfully sweet, they make a perfect nutrient-dense gazpacho soup that’s extremely flavorful, and perfect for the hot summer months. The best tomatoes will always be fragrant, plump, and heavy. Make sure the skins of the tomatoes are unblemished and smooth.
2. You can pump up the flavor a bit more by adding a splash of organic Worcestershire sauce.
3. This easy nutrient-dense Gazpacho soup recipe is even better when it’s made in advance. The flavors mingle together with time. In fact, you can make this up to 3 days in advance and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. It will be fresh, flavorful, and oh so cool!
This healthy vegan recipe for nutrient-dense gazpacho soup screams summer. It’s cool, refreshing, flavorful, and so delicious. Be sure to experiment with the additions of other vegetables you and your family like. Most likely, this cold vegan soup recipe will become one of your family favs during the hot and humid summer months. Enjoy!
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