Gazpacho Soup

Editor’s note: Bidwell Street Bistro has closed. But hopefully this recipe continues to delight and inspire.

A soup to die for!

I’ve always been a fan of gazpacho soup and the refreshing simplicity of ingredients but it wasn’t until a visit to Bidwell Street Bistro (Folsom CA) I truly fell in love.

Determined to recreate the mix I whipped up a batch in my kitchen at home. Alas, I only had cantelope – not watermelon – on hand. While not quite the same as Bidwell’s delicious concoction it worked and is now one of my favorite recipes. Especially during the summer.

Gazpacho topped with avocado and melon

My Favorite Gazpacho Soup Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and roughly chopped or..roasted peppers (jar)
  • 1 cucumber (hothouse) peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 slices stale white bread, crusts removed
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1/8 cup sherry or good wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt, freshly ground pepper to taste


Soak the bread in 1 cup water for 5 minutes then squeeze out the water.

Place the bread in a food processor or blender along with the tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, water, garlic and vinegar. Process until smooth. With the processor running slowly add the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To serve, roughly chop the avocado and place in the center of the gazpacho. If desired add watermelon or cantelope balls.

Recipe courtesy of “How to Cook Everything” – Mark Bittman.

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I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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