Healthy Lunch One-pot Recipes Soups Summer

Cucumber gazpacho ajo blanco with green grapes

My favourite summer soup is Andalusian gazpacho. It’s very easy to make, but the taste is outstanding. You just need some fresh veggies and good bread. And what’s the best this soup doesn’t need cooking.
Of course the most famous is gazpacho made of tomatoes and pepper. It’s both refreshing and filling up. I could each gazpacho every day in the summer.



What I love in preparing gazpacho (beside fresh veggies surrounding) is that always reminds me of the scene from Almodovaro movie “Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown” .
In that scene, the main character Pepa cut the red tomatoes to make his lover Ivan’s favourite dish. She’s making gazpacho. But this time is special one, because she’s planning to add some sleeping pills to it. Again we can see this scene in another movie “Broken Embraces”. This time Penelope Cruz is chopping tomatoes to make gazpacho, waiting for her lover.
But don’t worry in my gazpacho there will be no specials ingredients, I’m not Pepa after all. It even won’t be red.

The main role plays the cucumber. Tomatoes and pepper are missing. But instead there are nutritive and delicious almonds. Also a slice of good bread and juicy green grapes. And fresh mint for garnish.

I found this unusual recipe for white gazpacho (ajo blanco) on TV. I was flicking through the channels when I saw this cooking show. The only thing I remember from it is this gazpacho recipe, the rest wasn’t really exciting.


4 servings, 250ml each

1 1/2 long cucumbers (500g)
2 slices of good bread (32g)*
3 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup almonds(35g)
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
1/8 cup red vinegar
1/2 cup water**
juice from 1/4 lemon
about 60 g grapes
fresh mint leaves
salt and pepper

* without edges
** you can add more if you like more liquid gazpacho


Roast almonds on the dry frying pan for a while. Peel and cut cucumbers in cubes. Chop onion and garlic. Blend all the ingredients except grapes and mint. The soup should be quite smooth but lumps are fine. Season with salt and pepper. Add water if needed.
Chill in the refrigerator. Season with grapes and mint leaves.


Nutrition info:

800 calories

protein: 16 g; fat: 60 g; carbohydrate: 56g, dietary fibre: 12 g;
iron: 4 mg; calcium: 236 mg; zinc: 3,1 mg 

1 serving:
200 calories

protein: 4 g; fat: 15 g; carbohydrates: 14g, dietary fibre: 3 g;
iron: 1 mg; calcium: 59 mg; zinc: 0,77 mg