cucumber gazpacho in a white bowl

Cucumber Gazpacho with Avocado

Up until a few years ago, I had only eaten gazpacho once or twice. But one summer night some friends and I went to see an outdoor movie in Bryant Park, and one of my friends brought homemade cucumber gazpacho to share with everyone. She had the soup portioned out into mason jars for everyone – it was all very impressive. And so scrumptious! And naturally vegan! It was the perfect refreshing meal for a hot summer night in NYC.

Since then, I’ve made gazpacho several times. And always when the summer heat is wearing me down, and I can’t be bothered to make anything that requires heat. That’s when I want a meal that is light, refreshing, delicious, and healthy. Who wants to turn on the oven OR the stove top when you are experiencing the dog days of summer??

vegan cucumber gazpacho in a white bowl with avocado and basil on top

About This Gazpacho Recipe

This recipe for (naturally vegan) cucumber gazpacho is so refreshing, healthy, vibrant, and zesty, with just a slight pop of heat from jalapeño, and creamy avocado to make it more substantial. Fresh basil adds the perfect finishing touch, transporting you to a magical garden where vegetables are plentiful and tended by fairies.

If you plan on serving this in mason jars (which is a genius idea), jazz it up by adding slices of avocado, bell pepper, or cucumber to the rims of the jars as garnish.

gazpacho ingredients in a food processor
gazpacho ingredients in food processor after being pureed

3 Simple Steps to Delicious (Vegan) Cucumber Gazpacho

  1. Combine cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, and jalapeño in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until chunky mixture forms.
  2. Add tomato juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hr. before serving.
  3. To serve, dish gazpacho into separate bowls. Distribute basil and avocado evenly on top of each bowl.

Recipe Tips for Success

  • Depending on the size of your food processor, you may need to blend vegetables in your food processor in 2 batches.
  • Gazpacho is best served chilled, so don’t skip the step of chilling your cucumber gazpacho for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • I like my food to be on the saltier side, so I added additional salt to my bowl of gazpacho. Season it to your liking.
  • Similarly, the heat level of jalapeños varies, so if you need to add more heat to your batch of gazpacho, a dash of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes would work nicely.
silver spoon holding up a spoonful of gazpacho over a white bowl

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vegan cucumber gazpacho in a white bowl with avocado and basil on top

Cucumber Gazpacho with Avocado

This (vegan) cucumber gazpacho is light, refreshing, and delicious. And jalapeño gives it a slight pop of heat. Perfect for a summer picnic!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • 6 plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh basil, thinly sliced
  • 2 avocado, sliced

Instructions
 

  • Combine cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, garlic, and jalapeño in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until chunky mixture forms. (Depending on the size of your food processor, you may need to do this in 2 batches).
  • Add tomato juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, cumin, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hr. before serving.
  • To serve, dish gazpacho into separate bowls. Distribute basil and avocado evenly on top of each bowl.
Keyword avocado, basil, cucumbers, gazpacho, plum tomatoes, red bell peppers, red onion, tomato juice

14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve only ever had Cucumber Gazpacho at restaurants. And I had no idea how easy and super delicious it would be to make at home. Thank you for this recipe it’s amazing.

    • Gastronotherapy

      Thanks, Maike! Yes – gazpacho is so easy to make, and with such a huge delicious payoff!

  2. 5 stars
    Such a refreshing soup for summer!! Love the addition of cumin to it too 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This cucumber gazpacho looks super refreshing and delicious.

  4. Heather Johnson

    5 stars
    yum! such a delicious refreshing summer dish

  5. 5 stars
    This looks amazing and so yummy! My hubby and I are going to love this! Looks amazing and so yummy. Excited to try this!

  6. Carol Lang

    I look forward to trying this soon.
    And I love the mason jar presentation too

  7. Barb+Haner

    5 stars
    Your photography is so amazing! I cannot say enough about it.

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