December 27, 2011

Quick Summer Gazpacho

Now that we've all survived Christmas (or have we?), it's time to take it easy for a few days and let our minds and bodies rest. My Christmas menu worked wonders and I felt satisfied, but not stuffed. Still, I don't mind having a few lighter days to balance things out and this quick summer gazpacho is a perfect way to enjoy summer's bounty. 

I've used sweet tomatoes as a base for this cold soup. Blended with cucumber and cooked chickpeas, the colour of the soup is a beautiful pale peach and the taste is sweet but tangy, thanks to the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. This is a perfectly filling, yet light meal for a summer's day.

Quick Summer Gazpacho
(serves 2-4)

600g tomatoes, seeded and cut into chunks
1 big cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
250g cooked chickpeas
2 scallions/spring onions, sliced
(fresh herbs, like parsley and basil)
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground celery seeds
pinch of sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Place the tomatoes, cucumber, cooked chickpeas and spring onions and herbs (if using) in a blender. Blend until smooth.

2. Season the mixture with paprika, ground celery seeds, salt and pepper. Add in the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and olive oil. Blend for a couple of minutes. Add water/ice if you want it thinner. Serve cool.


  1. this is exactly what I need except that now Christmas is over, i'm heading out to a birthday lunch! GAHHHH >.< and also, we still have so much leftover food to get through. I have to detox next week i think!!!

  2. Yum, this looks so good and healthy...just what I need after Christmas, straight to the 'to make' list!

  3. The summer gazpacho looks delicious! But it's kind-a funky for me to prepare a summer soup, when it's all white with snow outside :)))

    Merry Christmas, Maria! It was a pleasure finding inspiration in your meals through the year! :))

  4. Delicious! That is something I love.



  5. Looks great! Bangalore is quite cold now so I might want to warm it up a bit!!

  6. Have never used chickpeas, which would really make this quite a filling meal! Also have not tried the addition of sweet paprika: so, here is another of your recipes to be 'next on the list'!

  7. I have just made this Maria - beautiful! My two children aged 5 & 2 even ate it for lunch. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I've always hated Gazpacho, but that one actually looks edible. Good job!

  9. Perfect post all the over indulgence!