Cold Tomato Summer Vegetable Soup

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Cold tomato vegetable soup, made with fresh, uncooked tomatoes, zucchini, cucumber, red bell pepper, celery, sweet onion, and garlic. Perfect for a hot summer day.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

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

  • Yield: Serves 8.

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


  • 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


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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Showing 4 of 20 Comments / Reviews

  • Patricia

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

  • katrina

    Ooooo that looks so yummy! I was wondering though, is the tomato juice listed seperate from the juice leftover from the tomatos after straing out the seeds?

  • spaniard

    Gazpacho doesn’t have zucchini or celery, that’s why you can’t call it gazpacho. But then again, there are at least 1.27349 million varieties of gazpacho (only in Spain). ;-)

  • Carol

    Really delicious! Just made it and tasted it. But a word of warning: you really have to want to make it because the “chop fine” of everything goes on forever. And just a note: it may be easier to use plum tomatoes because sieving the seeds from regular tomatoes is not easy.
    Bottom line: kudos to your Dad for the “not gazpacho” soup. It is so refreshing and perfect for now.

  • Cara

    This looks wonderful, I can’t wait to try it!

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