5/28 Gazpacho Goddess

Sandy is the mastermind  behind the most delicious gazpacho I have ever tasted. It is rich and hearty and cool and light. It has black beans,  cucumbers and all things summery.  You will not believe how amazingly easy this chilled soup is to make. We bring this to every Summer event we are invited to and Sandy is an instant hero. A culinary goddess. Who wouldn’t want that?

Photo By: S. Duquet


1  0.7 oz packet of dry powdered Italian (or Zesty Italian) salad dressing mix

1/4 cup of red wine vinegar

3 cups (or more as needed) of tomato juice

1/4 cup of fresh chopped cilantro (add more or less to taste)

1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped (we like them in pretty small, 1/2 inch sized cubes or smaller)

1  large pepper (red, yellow or orange), cored, seeded and chopped (ditto above on size being small)

1  15 oz. can of black beans, drained

1  15 oz. can of pinto (or northern or white kidney) beans, drained

1/2 chopped avocado (optional)

Make it happen:

Whisk dry salad dressing mix with vinegar in large bowl until fully blended. Toss in cilantro, cucumber and pepper and add tomato juice, stir again.  Add the beans and stir just to mix everyone together.  If needed, add more tomato juice to cover the ingredients. We sometimes put in a dash more red wine vinegar or cilantro as well, allow your taste buds to guide you.  Cover and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with chopped avocado.  Gazpacho improves as it sits overnight, so for a party, try to make it the night before!

Photo By: S. Duquet

Enjoy! Have a great weekend.

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  1. Jennifer Says:

    This was delicious! I bow to Sandy’s gazpacho Goddessness!

  2. Rajeev Ranjan Says:

    Sacrifice or Murder?…

    I found your entry interesting thus I’ve added a Trackback to it on my weblog :)…

  3. Sherry Says:

    Thank you so much Rajeev. I am glad you found us and hope you return!

  4. Sherry Says:

    Jennifer, isn’t it the most delicious chilled soup you have ever had! It is our Summer go to meal.

  5. Kathy Sambuca Says:

    I can also attest to Miss Sandy’s exquisite gazpacho! Even my fierce meat-eating father loved it!

  6. Sherry Says:

    Just writing about is has made me want it again. I crave it like you would something bad for you that you are not supposed to have. Maybe I need a Gazpacho Patch.

  7. Sherry Says:

    Check it out. Our Gazpacho Goddess recipe made it to http://www.favediets.com.


    Thank you Matthew.

  8. Elisabeth Says:

    I like that you added black beans for extra protein and a whole meal.

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