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Recipe Tuesday: Top Secret Gazpacho

Filed under: Food Recipes & Cooking

New York City is amazing for many things. Tasty tomatoes year-round is not one of them. (Damn You California!). During that tiny window of the year when tomatoes are actually good it’s best to use the hell out of em’.

This gazpacho is top secret for a reason. It’s a big gun. Simple. Delicious and perfect to bring out when that tiny window I mentioned above opens. It’s the kind of recipe that people think you did way more than you actually did.


The key is the finely diced (fresh!) vegetables, a (mandatory) 24 hour marinating time (so, plan ahead!) and a couple absolutely necessary secret ingredients:

V8 Juice, fresh cilantro and fresh lime juice! Accept no substitutes.

A perfect time to work on them knife skillz MN’F’er!

Top Secret Gazpacho

3 Medium (ripe) tomatoes
2 small bell peppers (red/yellow/orange preferred)
1 pound peeled cucumbers

2 TBS finely diced red onion
2 garlic cloves minced

1 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 Cup Red Wine Vinegar

6 Cups of V8 Tomato Juice
1/4 Cup (finely chopped) packed cilantro
2 TBS fresh lime juice
Salt and Pepper to taste

8 Ice Cubes

Seed and dice your #1 ingredients into 1/4 inch cubes. Place in large bowl along with #2 ingredients. Add #3 ingredients and allow to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes. Add #4 ingredients stir to combine. Add Ice cubes and store for 24 hours in refrigerator.

Remove ice cubes (if still there), stir and serve. Serve with fresh avocado, croutons or tortilla chips as a garnish.


  1. Comment by

    Lisa K

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    When I lived in Spain, my house mother had a gazpacho maker. I’m not kidding – I ate it for an evening snack almost every day. I haven’t yet been able to replicate her gazpacho, but I’m working on it.

    This one’s definitely chunkier – but perhaps with the addition of a blender and some stale bread……….

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    on #

    Really? V-8? Reconstituted vegetables scare me and seem unnecessary what with all of the fresh produce your putting in.

  3. Comment by


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    @ Beanmail

    Gazpacho needs tomato juice. Most (though not all) tomato juice is reconstituted. V8 makes this one tasty. You might be able to sub fresh tomato juice. So. V8? For me, yes really.

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    Mmmmm…. I just recently made some of this and it was perfect for a hot California summer day! It was delicious!!!! Thank you so much for posting this recipe!!! Even my omni family enjoyed it and that rarely happens!