How about a nice cold gazpacho soup? Who would want to eat cold soup? Well, think peasants in hot southern Spain, which is where this refreshing dish originated. It is also eaten in Portugal and Latin America. It is one of my favorite Spanish foods.
Dating back to Roman times, it is thought that the Moors introduced this soup to Andalusia and Portugal. Originally made of bread, olive oil and water, fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers were added.
There are many variations substituting avocados, grapes or watermelon for the traditional tomato base.
It is a perfect dish for children; easy to prepare and nutritious. Kids particularly enjoy floating the diced garnishes in the colorful soup.
My mother visited Spain in 1967 and tried the traditional Andalusian version, which was delicious. The chef was kind enough to give her the recipe and she makes it every summer. I am glad to share it with you.
8 Large ripe beefsteak tomatoes2 Small peeled cucumbers1 Red pepper seeded and chopped1 Diced small onion1 Tbsp olive oil1 Slice of bread with crusts removedSalt and pepper to taste
Garnish1 Handful croutons½ Cup diced red peppers½ Cup diced tomatoes½ Cup diced peeled cucumber½ Cup diced onion
Cut tomatoes into chunks and liquify in blender. Add, in batches as space allows, the cucumbers, pepper, onion, oil and bread.
Mix together and add salt and pepper. Pour the mixture in batches through a sieve or food mill to remove seeds and pulp. It should be smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
Serve in soup bowls. It is nice to serve the garnishes in small separate bowls and let each person choose “toppings”.
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Spanish Vocabulary List
| Soup ||La sopa |
| Tomatoes ||Los tomates |
| Cucumbers || Los pepinos |
| Red peppers || Los pimientos rojos |
|Onions || Las cebollas|
| Bread || El pan|
| Olive oil || El aceite de oliva |
| Salt || La sal|
| Pepper || El pimiento |
| To cook || Cocinar|
| To eat || Comer|
| I am hungry. || Tengo hambre. |
| Breakfast || El desayuno|
| Lunch || El almuerzo|
| Dinner || La cena |
| Paella || La paella|
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