Gazpacho with Shrimp Cucumber Salad

Gazpacho with Shrimp and Cucumber Salad
Gazpacho with Shrimp and Cucumber Salad

Casey Angelova of the food blog, Eating, Gardening & Living in Bulgaria, is sponsoring another cultural cuisine event. This time it’s honoring Portugal on their National Day. The Portuguese call it “Dia de Portugal.” It’s also a day honoring their national hero, Luís de Camões, for he’s the author of an epic poem, Os Lusíadas, that tells the history of Portuguese exploration.

A few centuries ago, Portugal had vast empires in Africa and Latin America. With a foundation of Mediterranean flavors, it’s a cuisine with a global influence. Tomatoes, chocolate, vanilla and chilies from the “New World” are now important ingredients in many cultures, including Portugal.

Before the addition of Latin America flavors, Gazpacho, or as the Portuguese call it, Gaspacho, was a cold soup made of cucumbers, stale bread, onions, garlic, olive oil and vinegar. Later, the addition of tomatoes and chilies became another variation that made it sweet and spicy. Traditionally, this soup is made with a mortar and pestle, but a food processor or a blender simplifies the process. Some people strain and discard the solids, but I like the slight lumpy texture of puree soup. There are many adaptations to this soup, because the ingredients are easily substituted. Several years ago, I made a Latin American-inspired tomatillo version with pumpkin seed pesto swirled into it. For this version, the Shrimp and Cucumber salad was added to make this dish a little heartier. Including a roughly chopped salad is a great introduction to people who prefer warmer soups with texture.

Made with raw ingredients, Gazpacho is a tasty soup to make when a garden is overflowing with summer vegetables. It’s best enjoyed at room temperature with a slight chill on an extremely hot summer day.

Dia Português feliz!


4 oz. stale bread
3 lb. tomatoes
1 to 2 tsp. sugar, to taste*
1 to 2 tsp. tomato paste, to taste*
2 to 3 Kirby cucumbers; peeled, seeds removed and roughly chopped
1 jalapeno; seeded with ribs removed and diced
1/2 small red onion
1 small garlic clove
1/4 to 1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 to 1/3 cup reserved sherry vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
3 Italian peppers or 1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 cup Italian parsley
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika

1. Blanche tomatoes in boiling water until skin starts to peel. Let cool before handling the tomatoes. Peel skin and remove the seeds.

2. Place bread in the food processor to turn into crumbs. Don’t worry if it’s not uniform in size, but it should be smaller pieces of crumbs. Place the rest of the ingredients into the food processor, including the tomatoes. It is recommended that the vegetables be pureed in batches and mix together in a larger bowl.

3. Place the soup in the refrigerator to chill and marinate the flavors.

4. Ladle soup into a bowl and top with the Shrimp and Cucumber Salad.

5. Enjoy at room temperature with a slight chill.

* Adjust the amount of sugar and tomato paste according to the sweetness of the tomatoes.

Shrimp and Cucumber Salad

Shrimp and Cucumber Salad
Shrimp and Cucumber Salad

2 to 3 Kirby cucumbers; seeds removed, peeled and cut into chunks
1 lb. baby shrimp; steamed or poached, seasoned with salt, pepper and smoked paprika
3 Italian peppers or 1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
1 jalapeño; seeds and ribs removed and diced
1/2 small red onion
1/2 to 1 cup Italian parsley
1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
3 tbsp. sherry vinegar
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
The juice of one lemon

1. Place all vegetables and shrimp, excluding parsley and garlic, into a bowl.

2. Use the rest of the ingredients to whisk into a vinaigrette. Pour over the vegetables and shrimp. Gently toss together. Let marinate for at least an hour.

3. Enjoy at room temperature with a slight chill.

6 thoughts on “Gazpacho with Shrimp Cucumber Salad

  • November 9, 2010 at 1:12 am

    This looks Yummy!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    I love cucumber salad and I just made a short Video for a really popular recipe. It’s always a huge crowd pleaser. And it’s super easy to make!!

    Let me know what you think 🙂

  • June 10, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I looooove cold soups in the summer! Such a refreshing change and sometimes I can actually feel my body temperature lowering when I eat something like this. Thanks for the reminder! I’ll be testing yours out soon!

  • June 10, 2010 at 11:56 am

    What beautiful pictures! I have yet to visit Portugal, but this reminds me of eating cold gazpacho in an outdoor restaurant in Toledo last summer. It was so refreshing on a broiling hot summer day in Spain…

  • June 10, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Great summer recipe!
    .-= Belinda @zomppa´s last blog ..Photo of the Day: Pop-in Pizza =-.

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I like the shrimp and cucumber salad, it looks and sounds delicious! I really love shrimps, and I like them best when grilled or in salads like this one. I’m not so sure about the gazpacho, but I may give it a try as well. Thanks for sharing this, I can’t wait to do my groceries now, lol!

  • June 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I love gazpacho -so perfect for the season. Great post! I appreciate Portugal , Latin America and Africa in all of its influences and down right initial recipes. Very influential!
    .-= thedabble´s last blog ..My Cooking Heaven and Cheesy Creamed Corn =-.

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