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Gazpacho Shooters

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 These Gazpacho Shooters bring back memories of a glorious childhood.  Served as appetizers, these mini soups make an elegant, cool addition to summer menu!

Years ago, my mom introduced us to a cold tomato soup garnished with homemade croutons and diced vegetables. My sisters and I fell hard for her GazpachoRecipe with all the toppings.

Gazpacho Shooters sitting on a marble tray

Gazpacho Shooters

From about the age of 10 on, my family would pile in our Plymouth Satellite station wagon (in the days before seatbelts!) and drive across Iowa, Nebraska and half of Colorado to the sleepy ski town of Aspen. The jet-setters were gone and mainly locals wandered the streets. We hiked, picnicked, listened to practices at the world-renowned music tent, and dined at some of the tony restaurants for lunch. Each day we had another adventure.

Aspen was where my mom had her first taste of gazpacho and then hit the Pitkin County library for a recipe to recreate it in our condo. It was those buttery homemade croutons that reeled me in, such a divine garnish along with chopped bell peppers, cucumbers, and onions. Perfect as a summer appetizer, these Gazpacho Shooters are a refreshing mini version of my favorite summer soup.

Gazpacho Shooters on a white rectangular tray with a sprig of cilantro

Summer Memories

I love nostalgic summer recipes. So many delicious treats remind me of those idyllic childhood days. We always had a garden and I remember eating radishes still warm from the rich Iowa soil.

Classic Rhubarb Pie and fresh sweet corn were a given. Plus, my mom would always make a big batch of this gazpacho with all the trimmings. Nowadays, it would be a big, healthy summer salad, like this scrumptious Summer Caprese Salad, that I’d want to repeat numerous times each summer. What’s your favorite summer food memory?? 


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Gazpacho Shooters

Gazpacho Shooters

A mini version of my favorite summer soup.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 15 appetizer sized servings


  • 1 14.5-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato or V-8 juice
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 small red onion, chopped
  • 2-3 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Tabasco or favorite hot sauce, to taste
  • Red bell pepper, cucumber, onion, avocado diced, to garnish
  • Homemade croutons, to garnish*
  • Fresh Italian parsley or cilantro, to garnish


  1. Place tomatoes, tomato juice cucumber, onion, green pepper, 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar, and olive oil in a blender and puree. Taste, then season with another teaspoon of vinegar, salt, pepper and Tabasco if desired.
  2. Pour into small glasses (I used 2-ounce capacity glasses) and garnish with diced vegetables, croutons, and a small herb leaf to serve.
  3. *To make homemade croutons, cut slices of a sturdy loaf into small cubes. Heat equal parts olive oil and butter in a saute pan and add bread. Cook till all sides are lightly browned. Sprinkle with salt if desired. Cool before garnishing soup.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

Small shooter glass

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 43 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 98mg Carbohydrates: 5g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 1g

Gazpacho Shooters - Appetizer size portions of the classic Spanish gazpacho


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27 comments on “Gazpacho Shooters”

  1. Aspen in the summer sounds like the ideal place, Liz. Isn’t it funny how many of our best memories of being a kid meant exploring and adventure. I wonder how many children get to do that anymore. Your gazpacho shooters are gorgeous! They’d make a fabulous starter at any party!

  2. Gazpacho is such a great summer recipe, and you’ve got some great toppings that make your recipe standout. The toppings, and the gorgeous photos, that is 🙂

  3. I’ve made gazpacho many ways but never with avocado. I love the little shooters!

  4. Oh Liz, I need one of these! So pretty and I love the shooters!

  5. This looks like such a refreshing summer treat. I can’t wait to experiment and try this with garden fresh tomatoes!

  6. I’ve never had gazpacho but yours look gorgeous! Love all the flavors. Thanks for participating in today’s event!

  7. Beautiful. Beautiful story. Beautiful photo. Beautiful recipe.

  8. Those shooters are beautiful! I’ve never made my own gazpacho, but now I really want to once the garden starts burying us in produce!

  9. This is truly one of my favourite summer soups. I can’t wait to try your recipe, it’s going to be a scorcher here today.
    One of my favourite summer memories is the family piling into the car and driving up to Wasaga Beach to picnic and swim all day. Mom always had an amazing lunch of German potato salad, oven-fried chicken and bread!

  10. It might be 100 degrees in LA tomorrow. This cool beauty is well-timed. GREG

  11. Love all the vegetables in this fresh summer soup.

  12. Oh my gosh! I love, love, love this recipe! I have to plan a summer get together just so I can serve this!! Thanks so much for sharing, Liz

  13. Off season Colorado is sometimes nicer than tourist / student crowds. Buttery croutons would reel me in, too…And your shooters are perfectly grownup sophisticated soup treats for a current Colorado (California or Tokyo) cocktail party!

  14. These shooters sound absolutely amazing! Gorgeous photos and I love the toppings.

  15. Oh wow, I can never resist such temptations, Liz! Have a wonderful week, my dear! xoxo

  16. This is a summer favorite in our house. I have to admit I don’t have a recipe – I just go out to the garden and pick tomatoes, cucumbers and see what else I can throw in. Love your presentation…how clever to have a shooter!

  17. i love gazpacho! perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing, Liz!

  18. Now this is how to enjoy gazpacho!

  19. These mini shooters are fabulous. Perfect to ‘wet ones whistle’ so to speak!

  20. I read the title of this post as ganache shooters, haha!
    But gazpacho shooters are just as amazing, they seem to feature on many of the establishments I have worked at over the years, often with an oyster in them. I prefer the vegetarian version tho. Very pretty and making me wish for summer. Have a shot for me please.

  21. Peach Cobbler is the summer treat that I remember. I don’t remember if Mom made it with canned or fresh peaches but it was good. Your gazpacho shooters look elegant enough for a fancy dinner party!

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