Chunky Gazpacho

Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

I think I may have gotten carried away with Netflix this last week. Okay, I REALLY got carried away this last week. I pretty much tried to make up for those months of non-watching in a 7 day period. Because somehow, in the last weekish I knocked out OITNB, Glee (what!? It was the last season, I had to say goodbye), Scandal (which was sooooooo good) and House of Cards. Can we just pretend that doesn’t equal a gazillion hours with my ass in front of the tv? K thanks. I appreciate you not judging or doing any of the math. Really.

So, what really made the couch a permanent fixture to my backside was that for the first time in my life I got food poisoning. Well presumably, as I didn’t go to the docs, but the internet seemed to have a very good handle on what was happening. And let me tell you, it was awful. I’m pretty sure the crampage was only a few shakes away from labor cramps. They were fetal position, groan worthy. And I’d only wish them on the worst sort of people. I’m actually kind of surprised at how intensely painful they were. Sure, I’ve had an upset stomach, but I’ve never had my insides convinced that it’s armageddon. Thankfully the worst of it lasted only a day, and every day after I felt a little better, but it really took a whole 3-4 days to get back to feeling completely like myself. So in the end my stomach thought the world was ending, Netflix got a decent workout, and well we all survived. But NEVER AGAIN!

Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

And in order to make it up to my tummy, I’ve been trying to fill it with as many whole foods as I can. And this gazpacho screams happy tummy!

Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

I never liked raw tomatoes when I was young except in salsa form. Then when I had to bring a dish to Spanish class in high school, I cracked open the old Saudi Cookbook (a cookbook my parents and a number of expats put together while we were living in Saudi Arabia) and found my Dad’s old gazpacho recipe. I had a faint memory of sort of liking it, and figured why not I’ll make it for class. And that’s when I fell in love with tomatoes.

Over the years I’ve played with the recipe and often like with most dishes, I don’t really measure but just toss it all together and taste.  I think we got pretty close.  Honestly, I just had to share it now since it’s the perfect time to hit the farmer’s market and snatch up all the tomatoes you can. I figured you would excuse me for not measuring it umpteen times before posting and just getting it out there for you to make since it’s so fresh and delicious no matter how spot on the measurements are.

Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Foodie Pointers:

Peeling Tomatoes: Just as with peaches, to remove the skins quickly and easily off of tomatoes, simply begin by boiling water in a large stockpot. On the bottom of each tomato make a small “X” incision.
Lightly place tomatoes into boiling water, working in batches if necessary. Let set for 1 minute, or until the skins at the incision look like they are pulling/raising away from the tomato. Remove tomatoes and set directly into a bowl of ice water to cool. If you don’t have ice you can run the tap on a low, cold stream to help keep the water cool. Then, remove one tomato at a time and simply peel the skin off by pulling at one corner of the incision at a time.

Flavor: As the gazpacho sits the flavors will meld and intensify. Even though it’s good to taste before you let it rest in the fridge, it’s going to strengthen so don’t get to carried away with the salt or vinegar. You can always add more later.

Juices: While cutting your tomatoes you are going to find yourself in a puddle of juice. Don’t toss it! Simply add it straight into the gazpacho. I usually cut 2-3 tomatoes then add them and their juices into the bowl so I don’t end up with a mess all over the counter.

Spicy: Want it spicy? Just hit it with some extra Tobasco, we always do ;)

Bell Peppers: Love different bell peppers, such as green or red? Have at it, we prefer the milder taste of the yellow and orange (plus the variety of color), but use what YOU love.

Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

Now there are a lot of gazpachos out there. The reason this one is still my favorite, is because it sticks to whole ingredients and tastes like the ingredients you use. There’s no extra spices for flavor, it’s simple and wholesome. I also prefer the chunky version as I find it more filling and feel good as you can see those fresh bites of tomatoes, peppers, cucumber and greens.

Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com

The very first time I made this for Logan I had to fight him to not eat it with tortilla chips. Now tortilla chips do make sense, and I’m not opposed to munching on a few while you enjoy your gazpacho, but this kid was literally eating the gazpacho like dip. I had a hard time not freaking out on him. Okay, I probably did freak out on him. He’s from the cornfields so he doesn’t always get how certain dishes/foods work. It’s a learning process, and a freaking out process for me. Now, thankfully the chips are gone and it’s just him with the biggest spoon in the drawer and the rapid shoveling maneuver he calls eating.

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Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com
Chunky Gazpacho - A super healthy simple dish that's full of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers and green onions. (Vegan & GF) | RECIPE at NomingthruLife.com
Yield: 6-8 servings

Ingredients:

  1. 3 pounds assorted tomatoes, peeled & chopped*
  2. 5 persian cucumbers, chopped
  3. 2 large bell peppers (yellow & orange), chopped
  4. 2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
  5. 1/3 cup grape seed or olive oil
  6. 1/4-1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  7. 2-3 cups tomato juice
  8. 5 green onions, thinly sliced
  9. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  10. 2 teaspoons salt
  11. 1/4 teaspoon or more red cayenne pepper sauce (tobasco)

Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl that has a lid, mix all ingredients including their juices together until evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or until gazpacho is cold throughout. Enjoy cold.

Notes:

*I like to use heirloom, roma, and vine tomatoes that I have on hand in the garden. The amount of tomato juice needed is dependent on how much juice your tomatoes give while cutting, and your desired consistency. For a super easy and quick way to peel tomatoes check out the “Foodie Pointers” section of this post.
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34 comments

    • Meg -

      Ha thanks Heather! I am allll about those garden tomatoes right now, and this is the perfect way to put them to work. Because I don’t know about you but when one tomato is ready all of a sudden I’ve got a whole tomato plant that’s ready to be devoured.

    • Meg -

      Oh you will just love it Janel, it’s so fresh and easy to make. Plus it’s the perfect Farmer’s Market meal, so you’ll be in heaven. Let me know what you think. Thanks love!

  1. Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist -

    Eeesh! That is the worst. If you are like me, whatever you ate that caused it is now permanently off your eat list. This is a truly perfect excuse for non-stop Netflix. I would have been disappointed in you if you had done anything else.
    Love, love, love the cookbook that your parents and parents friends put together. I love passed down recipes and food heritage. It is so beautiful and brings up so many positive emotions for me. Paradoxically my love for cookbooks does not translate to me following recipes. Cookbooks are like books of suggestions and ideas for me. I cook very much how you described. Throw in this, toss in the other thing, taste, adjust, etc… It is such a challenge for me to discipline myself to measure out my ingredients so that others can recreate one of my dishes.

    • Meg -

      Ha, you know I would probably never eat it again except I love Chipotle so I’m kind of already over it, lol. And thanks for your Netflix support ;) It’s always good to have a friend on your side.
      The Saudi Cookbook is pretty neat as it’s compiled of expats who came from all over, so you have varying cuisines and interpretations. I really should pull it out more often. But I’m with you on the cookbooks as a suggestion or idea more than a literal recipe. To be honest I don’t have too many cookbooks because I have a hard time liking the majority of recipes in one single cookbook. So I have maybe one solid shelf. But I borrow cookbooks from the library like nobody’s business ;) What are some of your fave cookbooks?

        • Meg -

          Ooo that’s actually one of the few cookbooks I do own. I’m amazed by all the inspiration I’ve seen in others from Sarah’s book as well. I keep telling myself to pull it out and make something from it. But I’m like you in that I use them more for inspiration and very rarely actually make anything out of them. I keep telling myself I need to change that and make more recipes from others. Some day :)

    • Meg -

      I can’t blame you Audrey, gazpacho is the perfect summer meal. Logan looks forward to it every year, he’s always asking if it’s gazpacho time yet, lol. I hope you do give it a whirl and love it, but since you are a gazpacho fan I’m not too worried ;) Thanks Audrey!!

    • Meg -

      Please do Evi and let me know what you think. Gazpacho is perfect for summer – healthy, light, refreshing, and no cooking involved! Hope you love it friend! Thanks :)

  2. Traci | Vanilla And Bean -

    So happy to hear your better, Meg. I’ve never experienced food poisoning and from the sounds of it, I hope to never have to experience what you did (YIKES!). Looove your version of gazpacho – chunky style! I think Rob would love this more than the less chunky style, so I’ve gotta give this a go! The addition of Tabasco is just what I love for a bit of a kick… so many tomatoes to be had right now too! Thank you for this Meg!

    • Meg -

      Thanks Traci! I hope you never experience it. Amazed I had never had it until now since it’s kind of been around the block with most Americans. But it’s over – phew! And I’m so glad you love the gazpacho and I hope you make it for Rob! I’m with him on liking the chunk over the smoother style… I’m still working on my relationship with (smooth) cold soups… my brain keeps thinking “WHAT are you doing!? Heat this sucker up.” Thanks for stopping by and if you and Rob to get a chance to enjoy it, let me know what you thing! Thanks friend.

    • Meg -

      Thanks so much Savita! Chunky is the way to go – lol. I hope you put those summer tomatoes to work and enjoy a big ole bowl of this gazpacho soon. Thanks Savita!

  3. Alison @Food by Mars -

    A CRAMPAGE! Best new word I’ve learned all week, you’re a regular wordsmith, Meg! :) This gazpacho looks so colorful and flavorful!!! I just tried my hand at a gazpacho and am loving it so this will be added to the list. It’s so easy and refreshing. Lovely!

    • Meg -

      Haha Alison! My mom has always harassed me that I make up words, and use them in place of actual ones because they just sound better to me. Glad it’s paying off now, haha. Oh this should definitely be your next gazpacho. For sure! And you are so right it’s easy and refreshing and so summmmmmmer. Hope you love it friend. Thanks so much!

    • Meg -

      Oh Ashley let’s get some gazpacho in your life. So so long, is just tooooo toooo long ;) And I’m hoping Netflix and I go on break again so I can be a productive human being once more. Haha. Thanks friend, have a fantastic weekend too!

  4. Alissa -

    So sorry to hear about your food posining! That sounds awful and I hope you’re feeling better.

    As for this soup, I haven’t had gazpacho in chunky form but it definitely sounds like my kind of gazpacho, and I’ve got a tomato overload coming up in my backyard garden. This sounds perfect!

    • Meg -

      Thanks Alissa! It sucked, not going to lie. But all is well again in the tummy land ;)
      Gazpacho is perfect for those garden tomatoes, because that overload is about go down here as well. Seems we get a couple here and there, then BAM! I’ve got a whole plant that wants to be made into tomatoey something or other. Hope you put those tomatoes to good use and enjoy yourself a bowl of this chunky gazpacho. Thanks friend!

    • Meg -

      Well I hope you try this never before seen chunky gazpacho (haha). Thanks so much Thao! It really is delicious AND good for you… can’t get much better than that. Thanks again!

    • Meg -

      What!?!? Never? Oh friend please get some gazpacho in your like sooooon! And if you love salsa, you’re right you’ll love gazpacho. It’s a pretty simple :) Thanks for pinning Kennedy!

  5. Cara -

    I had never made gazpacho but decided to try your chunky gazpacho. I’m so glad I did. My husband and I both loved it and it’s been perfect to beat the heat. Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. Justyna -

    Glad to hear you feel better.

    Meg, this is delicious!
    I couldn’t stop on one bowl… jeez, I am such piglet when I find something seriously delicious! I totally sympathize with Logan. Bless :)

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Meg -

      Thanks Justyna!!! SO thrilled you made it. And I’m pretty sure this is one of those that’s completely a-o-kay to piggy out on :) It’s hard for us to keep this gazpacho in the house for more than 48 hours, we just keep heading back to the fridge for it. Thanks again friend!

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