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Try This at Home - Tomato Gazpacho to Cool Off During the Dog Days of Summer

Gazpacho is an absolutely perfect appetizer (or light main course) on a hot summer day. Today, there are many “traditional” recipes out there. My recipe is not traditional...it’s original and adjustable and works with ingredients we already have in our essential pantry. All we need are some fresh tomatoes and a cucumber from your garden or farmer’s market. It’s more of an idea of a recipe for you to make your own.
Prep Time10 mins
Servings: 4 appetizers (plus 2 Bloody Marys)


  • 2 lbs tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, deseeded, and chopped
  • 1 shallot, peeled and chopped
  • ½ c extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 3 slices stale baguette
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoon salt (more to taste)


  • Add tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and shallot to a bowl.
  • Soak bread in vinegar, break in pieces, and add to bowl (if not using bread, simply add 1 tablespoon rice vinegar).
  • Add cumin and salt.
  • Mix all ingredients together and add to food processor (in batches if necessary). Blend for 1 minute.
  • Strain, put back in food processor, and slowly add olive oil to emulsify. Taste and add more salt as needed.
  • Chill and serve.