Have you ever wondered how to make vegan gazpacho? Gazpacho is a raw soup from Spanish cuisine that you make with blended vegetables. It's a naturally plant-based entrée and a great way to use your garden tomatoes! Aside from fresh tomatoes, we've got cucumbers, shallots, garlic, and a jalapeno for a touch of heat. With some cheese and whole grain crackers, dinner will be ready in less than 10 minutes!
I'm on a gazpacho kick lately, and I'm not sad about it! On weekday evenings, when I may not feel like cooking, this chilled tomato soup is pretty much the perfect dinner. Aside from being super easy, it's delicious, low-calorie, and veggie-centered.
Additionally, it fits most of the special diets, including vegan, gluten-free, and low-carb. Adjust the sides that you serve with this raw soup, and you can feed (almost!) everyone.
One of the reasons that I'm so hooked on this dish is that my garden cucumbers are doing well. Despite not having a green thumb, I've been blessed with an abundance of cucumbers popping up in my garden!
I'm going to have to plant cucumbers every year because they grow well, and the wildlife here leaves them untouched. I wish I could say the same of my tomatoes.
Rabbits like to bite my garden tomatoes in half and eat the juicy tomato middles. They leave the empty green tomato shells all over the place, littering the ground. I've managed to harvest some tomatoes, but my crop has not been as bountiful as it should be.
Anyhoo, if your cucumbers and/or tomatoes flourished this season, I highly recommend this vegan gazpacho. As an added benefit, you can tailor this traditional gazpacho based on what you have.
Making the best vegan gazpacho
It's OK to tweak this recipe based on what you have in your garden or CSA box. Here’s our ingredient lineup for the recipe below, but feel free to modify what’s shown here:
I've made tomato-free gazpacho as well as gazpachos that were heavy on the cucumbers. Sometimes I’ll include other veggies, such as bell peppers.
I've even made sweeter twists the classic gazpacho recipe using a mix of cantaloupe and tomatoes. You'd be surprised by the fruits and veggies that work well together, so please don't be afraid to experiment! You may find a combination that is a big winner in your household.
Some vegan gazpacho recipes require the use of a food mill or ask you to peel the tomatoes. I've never found those extra (and time-consuming!) steps to be necessary, so I am skipping them here. To make this raw soup recipe, all you need is a food processor and a good knife.
Your gazpacho will have some extra texture from the tomato skins, but I find the textural difference pleasing. Additionally, using as many parts of your vegetables and fruits as you can helps to prevent food waste. These small ways to stretch the grocery budget can add up in the long run.
You can control the heat of this gazpacho by using or omitting the jalapeno seeds. If you'd prefer a really fiery dish, throw an extra jalapeno in there!
I've created a recipe video for you since I first posted this dish on the website. You can check it out with the recipe below. I think once you see how easy gazpacho soup is to put together, you'll want to make it all of the time too.
Serving raw soup as a meal
In general, raw tomato soup does not contain enough calories, protein, or fat to serve as a full meal. I recommend adding these dietary components in as hearty side dishes.
What I do most often is serve gazpacho with a crackers and cheese platter to keep this a fast, no-cook dinner option. The cheese provides the fat and protein, while both cheese and crackers boost the energy in the dish.
An alternative to cheese for the protein would be cooked shrimp. Stores often sell peeled and pre-cooked shrimp in the freezer of their seafood department. Pick up a bag, let it thaw, and you have a ready-to-eat protein.
Here are a few more no-cook protein ideas that you could add on the side:
- Hard-boiled eggs (you can find these pre-cooked in some stores)
- Rotisserie chicken pieces
- Cottage cheese
- Baked tofu
For the crackers, I regularly make whole grain sourdough crackers using my sourdough bread starter discard. If you aren't into slow foods like I am, feel free to use some whole grain crackers from the store.
Wasa whole grain crispbreads are super if you want a whole grain cracker option that is not ultra-processed. They're only 30 calories per giant cracker, and they provide a nice crunch. (They also work well with your favorite toast toppings, FYI.)
That's about all you need to know to put together this Mediterranean diet-friendly dinner. Now it's time to gather those fresh garden veggies. I hope you're hungry because this is going to be ready in a flash!
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Vegan Gazpacho (Raw Soup Recipe)
- 3 cups coarsely chopped tomatoes
- 3 Persian cucumbers, chopped
- ½ large shallot, chopped (or 1 tablespoon red onion)
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped (leave seeds in for more heat)
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
- Place all of the ingredients except the parsley into a food processor. A large-capacity food processor is required for this recipe.
- Blend until nearly smooth. (This will only take a couple of minutes.) You may need to stop the processor and push the vegetables down with a spatula if they are adhering to the sides.
- Divide the blended soup into two serving bowls. Garnish with the parsley.
If you dropped in here looking for ways to use garden produce, don't miss my butcher block recipe! It's pretty much the easiest dinner idea ever, and it fits all special diets! Woohoo!
On the other hand, if refreshment is what you are after, consider topping off this raw tomato soup with a cool glass of lemonade. Like all of my recipes here, my keto lemonade has no added sugar. It's also veg-friendly, if that's what you are looking for.
Finally, if you're looking for more simple meal ideas, check out this article, Why Breakfast for Dinner is Always a Good Idea. Some of the easy breakfast recipes on our website would work well for dinner too!
Do you ever make raw soup recipes? What are some of your favorite add-ins for gazpacho? Let me know, and please leave a rating if you try this refreshing vegan gazpacho!
Terrified Amateur says
Ah, Summer, major props for giving gazpacho its well-deserved moment. Thrilled to know of another aficionado(a).
Better yet, so much in here, including the two main components are Summer-grown and Summer-harvested. You were there this spring, putting the plants in the ground, and now, months later, you harvest the produce and make it into something delectable. Way to maximize the entire process!
When I attempt the soup, I follow the classic (Andalusian) preparation, which also blends in pulverized stale bread, for substance. Nice enough, but your version had the added benefit of being gluten-free.
The great thing about gazpacho, too, is that it works well at nearly any temperature. Room temperature is most common, though mid-swelter, I have served it chilled. Some years, I even have been known to freeze it in the summer, then thaw it and heat in the winter. A nice reminder of August, mid-blizzard.
Summer Yule says
Thank you! I love the idea of freezing it to enjoy later. Even if I wanted to make fresh gazpacho in the winter, it wouldn't be the same as a fresh garden gazpacho. We seem to be eating everything I'm harvesting right away, so unfortunately nothing is reaching the freezer just yet.
Terrified Amateur says
That's an idea, Summer, a mid-winter batch. Sure, tomatoes don't match what we pull from garden in August - nothing does - but I've found grape tomatoes are surprisingly decent.
In February, when most store-sourced tomatoes taste like the sticker attached to them (presumably, as I never actually tasted a sticker), grapes do the produce market proud. If globes ripened with late season sunshine are 100, and the...things...one finds in winter are 0, grapes would come in at 60-70. They could be a bit better, of course, but nothing else comes even close.
Summer Yule says
Once in a while I can find some decent winter tomatoes. I think the smaller ones do tend to be better for some reason. Just no beefsteak tomatoes, please!