Gazpacho / Get Your Veggies Here!

Pat DiMercurio


Most of my homemade recipes come from the need to use up what's in the frig but also when there are other things I should be doing.
Number one on the list for procrastinators: COOK!

Gazpacho is so healthy it's crazy. A cup of this spicy, cool soup will pretty much cover at least 2-3 of your veggie bases for the day.

Don't get thrown off by the number of ingredients. It's an easy recipe; just a lot of chopping. If you have a food processor, go for it!

Note to vegetarians. You will have to replace the Worcestershire sauce with a vegetarian brand.

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30 Min


No-Cook or Other


2 large
roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded & diced (about 1 cup)
2 stalk(s)
celery, diced (about 2/3 cup)
2 small
sweet yellow peppers (used minis), diced
1/3 c
red onion, diced
2/3 c
cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced
3 clove
roasted garlic, mashed
1 small
lime, juice and zest
3 c
v-8 vegetable juice, low sodium
1 tsp
worcestershire sauce (or a vegetarian brand)
1 tsp
hot sauce
1 tsp
horseradish sauce
1 tsp
red balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp
olive oil, extra virgin
1 tsp
kosher salt
2 Tbsp
fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 Tbsp
fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
2 Tbsp
fresh parsley leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp
liquid smoke flavoring

Directions Step-By-Step

Start by putting on a small pot of water to boil. This'll be to dip in the tomatoes so you can easily peel them. Drop them into the boiling water after you pierced a small hole with a knife in each tomato. The peel will pull away quickly. Remove from heat and plunge the tomatoes into cold water. Peel and remove seeds.
Dice the celery, peppers, onion, cuke, and tomatoes and place in a large bowl. If you like a spicier soup, use a little diced Jalapeno pepper too. Mash the garlic and add to the other veggies. Add the V-8 juice to bowl.
Add the Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, horseradish, vinegar, olive oil, salt, basil, cilantro, parsley and liquid smoke. Stir well to blend. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours to marry the flavors. Serve with a thinly sliced avocado and a squeeze of lemon juice.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetable Soup
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy