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A Gazpacho Even Michelle Obama Would Scoop!


There was a lot of political debate last week about the First Lady’s use or not of  her better judgement when she decided to take a steamy and summery vacation to España. I personally thought the trip was a bit suspect, as it fell on her husband’s birthday week. But, who knows if he padded her puffy skirt pockets with lots of dough for her and pretty Sasha to hang in high style and eat like true gourmands.

After all, Spain can honestly boast having one of the world’s most enticing, refined, creative and innovative cuisines. For the First Lady to pass up any opportunity to eat like Queen during her visit, would be a crime. So, she did just that and paid respect in fashionable grace by having a delightful dinner with the King and Queen of the country. While details on dinner are a bit obscure, we do know she and the Queen know how to pose after the planned evening. This just in. Dinner was replete with char grilled turbot, veal escalopes with mustard, Oriental rice with sautéed mushrooms, a Mallorca-style vegetable ratatouille and sliced fruit with ice cream. To drink: Wine from the northern regions of Rueda and Rioja.

We also know Michelle indulged in the nation’s traditional and ubiquitous gazpacho. A trip to Spain is not a genuine if you don’t enjoy a robust bowl of the cold sopa de tomate or tomato soup.

Gazpacho tomatoes

This world famous soup has been seen and tasted in different varieties, including black bean (I have a delicious picture to tease you with). But, the all time classic  is pretty simple and can be the perfect refresher for a steamy afternoon. Although I didn’t have any gazpacho on my last trip to Spain, I vividly remember sitting with my family 11 years ago, outside on a brick patio and under a gorgeous tree. We all sipped our soups and begged to have one just one more taste.

I like to think that I make an equally authentic gazpacho and one for my entire family to enjoy until we can make it make to España. I even think and am confident this one is the First Lady would love to write down!

Having played with different versions and aromatic spices and herbs, this is what I ultimately decided on.

I hope you enjoy as much as we do!



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  • 5 medium vine tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 large basil leaves
  • 1/2 jalapeño, rinsed & seeded
  • 8 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 8 heaping tsp. high quality olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. Manchego cheese, grated and parted (optional, but so good!)
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
Add tomatoes to high powered blender or food processor. Pulse for one minute or until tomatoes begin to break down and liquify. Add peppers, cucumber, garlic, onion, jalapeño, 3 tbsp. of Manchego cheese and all other ingredients. Pulse on high for 2 minutes or until all vegetables are liquified. Taste and adjust salt to taste. Pour in large storage container and chill for 5-6 hours. Serve in large soup cup or bowl, garnishing with remaining Manchego cheese, basil leaves and julienned  cucumber.

Serves 6.

49 thoughts on “A Gazpacho Even Michelle Obama Would Scoop!

  1. Eh I don’t know about the Jalapeno… or Manchego cheese… too much garlic… no bread? it’s probably good/ delicious but not typical. Thanks for sharing though 😀

  2. Rosa: me too and I don’t hardly make it enough. This one was lovely in so many ways!

    Nathan: well sine you don’t know about it, you should try it. And, I and everyone in my family loves garlic so it’s definitely not too much! We enjoyed it and I’m sure you would too. Oh, and I never said it was a the most traditional gazpacho. I’m sure you’ve put your twist on classic recipes. 🙂

  3. I love gazpacho! I look forward to the best Jersey tomatoes in August before making it though… otherwise the flavor is not satisfying. Yours looks fab!

  4. This was the best soup in the summer that I have ever tasted! This is my second time having gazpacho prepared by Bren and each time has been awesome! Very refreshing and delicious.

  5. Nothing like gazpacho to cool off during a sweltering summer day … or even night. Really good!

  6. Arnania: Oh yes, a great option for summer! And weight-loss–yup!

    Tickle Red: Thanks woman. You get it!

    Patsy: Yes, yes, yes! I need to get some local tomatoes before the season ends.

    Dave P: Hey babe! So glad you had some and like it. Had been some time since you had my food! 🙂

    The Cilantropist: I know, I know. I so need to get in the habit of making more, more often. 🙂

    Eliana: So simple to make. Really. A one stop soup!

    David: I know how much YOU love gazpacho!

    5 Star foodie: thanks woman! I know it’s been hot here. Don’t know that it’s any better in Atlanta. I guess I’ll find out in a few days.

  7. This is not the gazpacho I have tried in the past, but just yesterday I saw a version of this Spanish classic with grilled shrimps in Canadian Living magazine I want to try too:D

  8. si sabe como se ve debe saber delicioso .y para el verano es muy refrescante .gracias por compartir una receta tan propia para el verano ademas de nutritiva

  9. it is a perfect hot weather soup! yours does look so very very tasty! with all the great tomatoes around now is the perfect time to make it!

  10. Val: Yeah, not the gazpacho I’ve tried either, but it was just so good and with a slight kick! I saw a similar one like the one you mentioned but with she-crab!

    Bridget: Yes, great for summer but not sure I’d be sipping this in Aussieland!

    Betty: te gusta, no! que rico y refrescante. espero que lo trates de hacer!

    Chef Dennis: sure is! and it was oh so very tasty! i think imma make it one more time with some local heirlooms! Thanks for checking it out!

    Lazaro: Like I said, I wonder why I don’t make this more often. It’s just sooo good! Tremendo!

  11. I like soups, so I’m sure I’d like this one. I’ve never had gazpacho but I’ll try it once at least. Could me this, too, tia?? You know I like tomatoes! 🙂

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