You can use garden-fresh vegetables when making these healthy recipes for gazpacho, including watermelon gazpacho, gazpacho salad, peach gazpacho, Spanish gazpacho, shrimp gazpacho, zucchini gazpacho and more.
Served as an appetizer or a light summer lunch, this very refreshing cold soup is definitely representative of Southwest cooking. The recipe is versatile, too-you can add or subtract various ingredients according to your own tastes.
"Simple-as-can-be" best describes this hearty cold soup from Chris Brooks of Prescott, Arizona. "You just chop and combine the ingredients, then chill," she advises. "It tastes great with crunchy croutons or breadsticks."
Nothing equals the taste of an ice-cold bowl of gazpacho on a hot summer day— I was hooked from the first spoonful! I found this recipe when I was looking for something to make with the abundance of tomatoes from my garden.
For a unique first course, serve this colorful soup from Carole Benson, Cabazon, California. Chilled V-8 juice is the base for this soup that's chock-full of generous chunks of chopped tomatoes, green pepper and cucumber. "Garnish each bowl with shrimp for a fancy finish," suggests Carole.
This chunky chilled soup is terrific in warm weather, but our family loves it so much I often prepare it in winter, too. I made some slight changes to suit our tastes, and the fresh flavorful combination has been a favorite ever since.
—Mary Ann Gomez
Betty Hatfield of Aurora, Colorado combines fresh veggies, garbanzo beans and purchased salsa in the zippy party dip. Served with tortilla chips, it's a surefire crowd-pleaser. "I found this recipe years ago and have been making it ever since," she says. "It's one of my husband's favorites."
My family enjoys chilled soups during the hot summer months. I came up with this spicy blend when trying to use up our garden zucchini. It's a hit with friends whenever I serve it, too. —Julie Wilson of Grand Rapids, Ohio