Cold Tomato Summer Vegetable Soup

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My father made this cold tomato and zucchini soup the other day.

“Don’t call it gazpacho.”
“Why not? It looks like gazpacho, but with some zucchini.”
“It’s my soup. I made it up. It’s not gazpacho. Don’t call it gazpacho.”
“Okay dad, whatever you say.”

So instead, my brother Eddie has named it “The Farmer’s Market in a Soup”. And, given that dad brought home every ingredient except the seasonings and broth from our local farmers market, the name makes sense. It is a wonderfully cool, fresh soup for a hot summer day. Just don’t call it gazpacho.

Cold Tomato Summer Vegetable Soup Recipe

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  • Yield: Serves 8.

Note, dad says to chop the zucchini finer than what is pictured in the photo.

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh, ripe tomatoes, seeds removed (cut tomatoes in half, squeeze out seeds into a sieve over a bowl to catch the juice, use the juice, discard the seeds), chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, chopped fine
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped fine
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped fine
  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 zucchini, chopped fine
  • 1/2 medium sweet onion, chopped fine
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups tomato juice (in addition to the juice made when you squeezed the tomatoes above)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano (or pinch of dry)
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • Hot sauce if needed

Method

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Use the additional tomato juice to thin the soup to desired consistency. Adjust seasonings to taste. Better the next day.

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Links:

Tomato and corn soup from Jessica of Merry Merzville
Gazpacho 101 by Ximena of Lobstersquad

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  • Patricia

    Looks Ummmmm-A-zing! I just made this right right now!
    Finished results: BAMMM-O! Ohh soo good.
    Thank you for the recipe!

  • Eileen

    This soup is absolutely amazing! I made this soup a number of times this summer, and friends & family both requested the recipe. Kudos to your Dad!

  • Jessie

    Can’t wait to try this- I have zuccs coming out of my ears! Is balsamic vinegar an ok sub for the sherry vinegar? Thanks!

    Should be fine. ~Elise

  • Jennie

    Just made a batch of this with several tweaks based on what I had out of my garden. Delicious and very light for a hot summer day’s lunch. :)

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