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Authentic Gazpacho Recipe – The Best Spanish Gazpacho

Today I share with you my Spanish family’s authentic gazpacho recipe. Traditional Spanish gazpacho is easy to make, super healthy, bursting with flavor, and absolutely delicious! It’s usually served as an appetizer in a small bowl with toppings, or from a glass as a drink. Either way, it really hits the spot on a hot day!

My traditional gazpacho recipe comes straight from Andalusia and it is truly the best gazpacho recipe out there for the classic version. I hope you enjoy it!

Spanish authentic gazpacho recipe served in two white bowls and topped with chopped vegetables.
The most delicious and healthy Spanish gazpacho recipe.

So what is the classic version anyway? And what’s the big deal about gazpacho?

Well — for reference, I hated gazpacho the first time I tried it.

I had just moved to Spain to study abroad and was having lunch with my host family in Granada when my host mom, Josefina, plopped down a big glass of orange gazpacho.

Spanish authentic gazpacho poured from a glass pitcher into two small glasses.
Traditional Spanish gazpacho is served by the glass, just like juice.

Josefina, in spite of her claims to have once owned a restaurant, was not known among the study abroad students for her skills in the kitchen. In fact, her gazpacho was one of the first things she had made completely from scratch since we had been there!

I took a sip of the lukewarm concoction and tried my best to like it– but I just couldn’t. Bland and boring, it was like warm, runny tomato juice served in a glass.

Fast-forward five years…

Yes, it took me nearly five years to return to Spain and try Spanish gazpacho again. But I’m so happy I did.

As someone who had become obsessed with gazpacho’s creamy cousin salmorejo, I decided it was about time to give traditional gazpacho another chance. After all, my Spanish friends would swear by the stuff– according to any Spaniard, gazpacho is the best cure for a cold, flu, hangover, break-up… whatever is wrong, gazpacho will fix it!

Searching for the best gazpacho recipe

I decided to investigate, and proceeded to read at least 20 different Spanish gazpacho recipes from my cookbook collection and favorite Spanish recipe sites. 

I blended a few different versions together to come up with what may be the best traditional Spanish gazpacho recipe ever.

What is key about this version of gazpacho is its potential to be eaten from a bowl (versus sipped from a glass) with lots of delicious toppings. This makes it more like a traditional cold soup and less like a vegetable juice. I love it both ways (just for the record!).

Key Ingredients

Ingredients for my authentic gazpacho recipe on a white marble countertop.

Key Ingredients: Tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, optional toppings.

Optional Gazpacho Toppings

As I explained, the most traditional way to eat gazpacho in Spain is by drinking it from a glass. But I love eating it from a bowl with toppings. 

Two bowls of Spanish gazpacho with toppings. Diced pepper and croutons in clay bowls in the background.
Eating gazpacho with crunchy toppings is my favorite!

My favorite topping by far is Granny Smith apple. It sounds strange, but the tart apple really compliments the gazpacho. 

A full list of ideas for gazpacho toppings:

  • Marinated cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Tart cherries 
  • Diced nectarine
  • Strawberries
  • Red onion and cilantro
  • Raw red bell pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Raw onions
  • Croutons
  • Hard boiled eggs

Ingredient Notes & Substitutions

The thing about gazpacho is that it is pretty versatile. Many people omit the cucumber (I personally love it). Sometimes I use red bell pepper instead of the more traditional green pepper. My mother-in-law often thickens her gazpacho with a chunk of stale bread or even carrot. Some people use more or less olive oil, as little as a few tablespoons, and others add more chilled water at the end to make the texture lighter and more watery.

It’s up to you! Start experimenting and find what you like best. And keep reading for my other more modern gazpacho recipes (like green gazpacho and watermelon gazpacho!).

Authentic Gazpacho Recipe: The Best Spanish Gazpacho Step by Step

Making gazpacho is easy! You’ll need a decent blender, and for a really smooth version, you’ll want to use a fine strainer (here in Spain most people have a chinois strainer). Here are the step-by-step instructions, but keep scrolling down for the printable recipe card with exact measurements.

Steps 1-4: Start by roughly chopping the vegetables to add to the blender. Depending on how powerful your blender is, you may need to chop smaller.

Steps 1-4 to make homemade gazpacho in a grid. Dicing tomatoes, peppers, onion, and garlic.

Steps 5-8: Now, add all of the vegetables to the blender. We’ll blend these first — then add the liquids and seasoning! Tip: Always put the most liquidy veggies (the tomatoes here) on the bottom of the blender.

Steps 5-8 of authentic gazpacho recipe in a grid. Adding diced veggies to a blender.

Step 9: Blend away!

Making gazpacho step 9. Blending the vegetables in a blender.

Steps 10-13: Now we season the gazpacho — add some salt and vinegar first. Then, while the blender is running, slowly incorporate the olive oil so that it blends right in. Finally, check the taste and texture and add some ice-cold water if you want.

Steps 10-13 making gazpacho in a grid. Adding olive oil, vinegar, salt and water.

Step 14: Your gazpacho is ready to serve! You can enjoy it by the glass, or serve it in a bowl with toppings on the side. Don’t forget a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle of sea salt right before eating!

Gazpacho Tips:

  • For a very cold gazpacho, refrigerate for a few hours before serving. You can also add ice instead of the water if you prefer a quick fix!
  • If you want your gazpacho to be completely smooth, make sure to strain it through a fine mesh strainer or chinois strainer.
  • Don’t worry if the gazpacho separates when in the fridge. This is normal and you just need to give it a good stir or shake before serving.
Step 14 gazpacho recipe - a bowl of gazpacho with chopped veggies and a hand pouring olive oil.
Served in bowls with toppings.
Two glasses of authentic gazpacho with a jug of gazpacho in the background.
Served by the glass.

Recipe Tips & FAQs

Is gazpacho healthy?

Gazpacho is a very healthy food, and here in Spain people will drink gazpacho when feeling sick or hungover. It’s a puree of lots of raw vegetables, so is packed with vitamins and minerals. It’s very hydrating, and when made with extra virgin olive oil it also has healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants.

Why is gazpacho served cold?

It’s believed that gazpacho originates in the south of Spain, where temperatures in summer can go up to 48°C (118°F). A cold soup is necessary to stay hydrated and refreshed during such hot weather. That said, before refrigeration gazpacho would have been served at room temperature (but never warm/cooked).

What time of day is gazpacho eaten?

Gazpacho can be enjoyed any time of day! Many people start their day with a glass of cold gazpacho (especially when feeling under the weather). More typically, you’ll start your lunch or dinner with gazpacho — served either from a glass or in a small bowl with toppings.

How long does gazpacho last in the refrigerator?

Gazpacho will last 4-5 days when stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

Can I freeze gazpacho?

You can freeze gazpacho, though the defrosted gazpacho will always be slightly different than the fresh version in both taste and appearance.

A spoonful of cold traditional gazpacho from a white bowl.
A delicious bite!

Serving Suggestions

Gazpacho is a must any time of year but is especially refreshing in the summer! It’s the perfect starter for a paella feast, or in great company as part of a tapas spread. It’s something you can eat (or drink) any time of day — I always have a big pitcher in the fridge!

More Gazpacho Recipes

Over the years I’ve done a lot of experimenting! Try these twists on the classic gazpacho for something different.

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Close up bowl of gazpacho with diced veggie toppings.

Authentic Gazpacho Recipe

The best Spanish gazpacho recipe I've ever tried. This authentic gazpacho is a blend of different vegetables with olive oil, vinegar, and salt.
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Course: Tapa
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 177.63kcal

Ingredients

  • 6-7 medium tomatoes the quality of the tomatoes is one of the most important factors in the taste, use vine-ripened when possible, and don’t use the green salad tomatoes!
  • 1 green Italian pepper the long type, not a bell pepper
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ of a small white onion
  • 1 clove of garlic not too big
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil (60 ml) again, quality is important
  • A splash of Sherry vinegar Vinagre de Jerez, although red or white wine vinegar can be substituted
  • A pinch or two of salt
  • Optional toppings For ex: diced green apple, diced onion, diced pepper, croutons, & hard-boiled eggs

Instructions

  • Wash and dry all of the vegetables very well—if you prefer to peel the tomatoes you can, although I usually leave the skin on.
  • Cut the tomatoes into 4 slices (leaving the core behind) and put into your blender.
  • Halve, core, and de-seed the pepper. Cut it into a few slices and add to the blender.
  • Peel the garlic and slice it in half. Remove the core (which often results in bitterness when not cooked).
  • Cut the onion into a few slices and add it to the blender too.
  • Peel the cucumber and cut it in half. Add half to the blender and save the other half for a topping.
  • Blend the vegetables at a high speed until it is completely pureed.
  • Add the salt and vinegar and, while blending on a slow speed, slowly add the olive oil.
  • Taste and adjust salt and vinegar. If the texture is too thick for your liking add some cold water.
  • Refrigerate and serve VERY cold! Add as many (or as few) toppings as you like.

Notes

 
Tips:
  • For a very cold gazpacho, refrigerate for a few hours before serving. You can also add ice instead of water if you prefer a quick fix!
  • If you want your gazpacho to be completely smooth, make sure to strain it through a fine-mesh strainer or chinois strainer.
  • Don’t worry if the gazpacho separates when in the fridge. This is normal and you get need to give it a good stir or shake before serving.
 
Ideas for Toppings:
 
  • Marinated cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Tart cherries 
  • Diced nectarine
  • Strawberries
  • Red onion and cilantro
  • Raw red bell pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Raw onions
  • Croutons
  • Hard-boiled eggs

Nutrition

Calories: 177.63kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.13g | Protein: 2.56g | Fat: 14.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.94g | Sodium: 85.63mg | Potassium: 622.11mg | Fiber: 3.6g | Sugar: 7.73g | Vitamin A: 2522.36IU | Vitamin C: 66.92mg | Calcium: 32.11mg | Iron: 0.86mg
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Update Notice: This post was originally published on May 10, 2012 and was republished with new text and photos on July 9, 2021.

It is really that simple– a 15-minute power meal! Fresh vegetables mix together to create a delicious and refreshing cold soup with this traditional Spanish gazpacho recipe.

Gazpacho is now my favorite light dinner on a hot summer night, and leftovers make a great start to the next day!

Does anyone else have their own Spanish gazpacho story– food that you didn’t like at first taste but that you now couldn’t live without? Please share it below!

Photography by Giulia Verdinelli

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