El Gazpacho Clásico - Delicious, healthy and refreshing! - Talking Tapas

El Gazpacho Clásico - Delicious, healthy and refreshing!

This amazingly healthy, chilled vegetable soup orginates from the South of Spain and is not only a staple in the Andalucian diet, but also seen on almost every menu del día blackboard. Designed to cool and refresh in the heat, it really does hit the spot, and in the summer months Spaniards like to keep a batch of gazpacho in the fridge ready to enjoy at any time.

Made from only fresh raw vegetables, olive oil and vinegar it is a very healthy way to start a meal or snack. The best gazpacho I have had was in one of my favourite restaurants in Sevilla (El Rio Grande), where it was topped with chopped spring onions and jamón as well as the traditional diced vegetables (shown in the photo below!).

Eaten from a bowl or drunk in a glass, Gazpacho is so easy to make, and has to be one the most tasty ways to cool down on a hot day!

Preparación: (serves 4-6 in bowls)

  • 8 ripe tomatoes 
  • ½ cucumber 
  • 1 red pepper 
  • ½ onion
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • 30g stale bread
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 tbsp sherry vinegar 
  • 300-500ml water (as much as you want to add depending on preferred consistency)
  • ½ tsp salt


  1. Chop the tomatoes and pepper and place in the blender.
  2. Peel and chop the cucumber, garlic and onion and add to the tomatoes and pepper ready to blend. (Keep back some pieces of cucumber and pepper for decoration).
  3. Add the olive oil, vinegar and salt.
  4. Blend in the blender until it is a smooth consistency, then add the water a bit at a time, until you have a consistency and thickness you like.
  5. Place in the fridge and serve chilled (the flavour develops after a few hours or even overnight), with the reserved diced vegetables on top (you can also add a few slivers of jamón if you have some to hand) and bread on the side.