This gazpacho recipe is a warm weather elixir in every way. Enjoyed by the pool or on the patio, it’s arguably as refreshing as a cocktail. Green, healthy (vegan and GF!), and packed with flavor—I’m proud of this latest kitchen experiment and hope you’ll bring it into your home, too.

Prep Time: 35 minutes | Makes 6–8 servings


  • 3 lbs green tomatoes (ripe as possible), chopped
  • 1 hot house cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeño, deseeded and chopped (use whole pepper if you like a kick)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • Fresh herbs, to garnish
  • Diced melon, to garnish

In a large bowl, add tomatoes, cucumber, shallot, jalapeño, cilantro, garlic, and salt. Toss and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.

Add olive oil, citrus juice, and vinegar to the bowl, then put all the ingredients in a food processor in batches, blending until desired consistency is reached.

Serve chilled with a garnish of herbs, melon, and sea salt.

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