Classic Gazpacho

Recipe for Classic Gazpacho
Becky Luigart-Stayner


3 pounds tomatoes, diced
1 onion, diced
1 large or 2 small green bell peppers, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or other vinegar
1 slice white bread, crust cut off, saturated with cold water
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 tablespoon hot-pepper sauce
2 teaspoons salt, or to taste


In a blender or food processor, puree tomatoes, onions, and peppers (each separately) until smooth.

In a bowl, combine processed vegetables, add remaining ingredients, and stir to blend. Set aside for 30 minutes to an hour to allow flavors to marry. Serve cold.


6 servings


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I'm in agreement with the

I'm in agreement with the need for cucumbers to keep the soup light and refreshing. I've never thought to use cilantro, but it's a compatible flavor, and might be a nice variation on a theme. I think I'll try it next time I make gazpacho!

I agree NO cilantro. It does

I agree NO cilantro. It does change the flavor, making it taste like "salsa" soup. I also do not like it very often. It has it's place, here is not it!

You can certainly omit the

You can certainly omit the cilantro.

There are many variations in

There are many variations in the basic recipe for Gazpacho. Our favorite includes tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers (we use orange and/or yellow), onion and garlic plus Clamato Juice, wine, olive oil and apple cider vinegar. We love it. We don't like cilantro, so wouldn't use it. A soupçon of savory enhances. Fresh basil is another occasional variation. BUT, it you are talking about a basic, classic Gazpacho, use tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, onion and garlic. Gazpacho is a Spanish / French recipe, and is quite refreshing in the summer and fall. IF you can get ripe, deep-flavored tomatoes in late fall, winter and spring, it's good all year round. It is limited by the quality of the tomatoes.

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Cucumbers MUST be included in

Cucumbers MUST be included in gazpacho!!!
Cilantro and parsley are NOT in classic gazpacho....parsley might be a nice addition, but cilantro would TOTALLY change the flavor and should NOT be included.

i think you are mistaken to

i think you are mistaken to be so rudely rigid. cilantro has ALWAYS been in my recipe..

Nothing rude about the

Nothing rude about the comment. Cilantro has no place in a classic gazpacho. Don't take a difference of opinion as being rude.