Refreshing cucumber gazpacho in 3 absolutely irresistible summer versions!

In summer, cold soups are among the most preferred dishes thanks to their cooling effect and lightness. These vegetable soups are among the easiest and fastest to prepare without compromising on their rich flavor. One such example is the famous gazpacho from Spanish cuisine, which is often consumed during the heat of summer. But how about trying a new, even fresher twist on this iconic cold soup? We offer you not just one, but 3 captivating versions of fresh, light and simply magnificent cucumber gazpacho!

Recipe for shrimp cucumber gazpacho

Our first gazpacho recipe made with cucumbers is completed with two ingredients that make it even more refreshing and irresistible, but also filling – green grapes and shrimp. It only takes a few minutes and can be made ahead and refrigerated if desired. The ingredients for 4 servings of this delicious, quick and easy meal are:

4 peeled and chopped cucumbers
1 1/2 cups seedless green grapes
1 small clove of garlic
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
1 cup of water
salt
cooked prawns and chopped roasted almonds for garnish

summer refreshing cucumber grape shrimp gazpacho recipe

In a blender, combine cucumbers, grapes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar and 1 cup water. Purée until smooth and season with salt. Serve the cooled cucumber gazpacho, garnished with pre-cooked prawns and chopped toasted almonds.

gazpacho recipe cucumber grape refreshing light summer

Gazpacho of cucumbers and green tomatoes

gazpacho cucumber grilled green tomatoes refreshing recipe light summer

The second cucumber gazpacho that we would like to offer you takes a little more time and effort, but it is definitely worth the effort. To prepare this great summer recipe, first grill the green tomatoes, onion, garlic and jalapeño. If you don’t have a grill, you can roast these ingredients in the oven or in a cast iron pan. For 4 servings of this refreshing summer soup, you will need:

8 medium green tomatoes
¼ white onion
2 whole cloves of garlic
¼ to ½ jalapeño pepper
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 chopped cucumber
½ cup cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ to 1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon honey or pure maple syrup
¼ cup plain Bulgarian yogurt

Trim options:

extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
roasted corn kernels
plain yogurt
cucumber cut into small cubes
yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
fresh herbs (mint or coriander)
microgreens of your choice
hemp seeds

cucumber gazpacho grilled green tomatoes refreshing recipe light

Preheat a grill to medium-high heat. Put the green tomatoes, onion, garlic and jalapeño in a deep dish with a drizzle of olive oil and a few pinches of sea salt. Wrap the garlic cloves in a piece of aluminum foil and put all the vegetables on the grill. Grill 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until the green tomatoes are tender. Remove from the grill, unwrap the garlic and let it cool completely.

cucumber gazpacho grilled green tomatoes refreshing summer recipe

Place tomatoes, onion, garlic, ¼ jalapeño pepper, ¼ cup olive oil, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, ½ teaspoon salt, honey and yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth and season with more salt and the rest of the jalapeño, if desired. Refrigerate the cucumber gazpacho until serving and decorate with one or more of the mentioned accessories.

gazpacho cucumbers grilled green tomatoes refreshing recipe light

Cold cucumber and avocado soup

gazpacho cucumber avocado refreshing summer days

The final cucumber gazpacho so far is the creamiest of them all, and credit goes to the avocado. At the same time, this easy cold soup only takes 10 minutes, as it requires no preparation or pre-treatment. Vegan and gluten-free, it’s the perfect option if you’re not familiar with all of your guests’ dietary preferences and restrictions. To make 4 to 6 servings of the delight, you will need:

refreshing cucumber avocado gazpacho recipes summer days

½ cup finely chopped yellow onion
2 cups diced cucumber with skin
half a ripe avocado
½ cup diced celery
2 tablespoons seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper
1½ tsp salt
1 tablespoon coriander
2 tablespoons dill
2 tablespoons parsley
1 ½ tbsp white wine or champagne vinegar
1 large clove of garlic
¼ cup vegan sour cream
¼ cup olive oil
1 tsp agave, maple or honey syrup

refreshing cucumber avocado gazpacho recipes summer days

Peel and slice the onion, then place in a colander and run under hot water for 30 seconds. Skip this step if you don’t mind the strong raw onion flavor. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust the cucumber gazpacho as you wish. Serve topped with more fresh herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper (or a dollop of vegan yogurt).

Which of these refreshing recipes do you prefer?

gazpacho recipe cucumber avocado refreshing summer days

Sources used: www.foodandwine.com

www.loveandlemons.com

www.crowdedkitchen.com

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