Summertime Tomato Bliss: Jackie Alpers’ Famous Gazpacho Recipe


pitcher of gazpacho
Jackie's Famous, and Previously Secret, Recipe for Gazpacho
I got a handy little device called Vegetable Chop and Measure at Williams-Sonoma a couple of years ago. Without it the Week of Gazpacho wouldn't have been possible because I would have gotten exasperated with all of the chopping by batch #2. Also, the colors in the photo are a bit of an homage to Pedro Almodovar's wonderful film, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), which was the inspiration for me making gazpacho for the very first time, years ago.


  • One 16 oz. bottle of vegetable Juice. I like The R.W. Knudsen Family brand Very Veggie - Spicy or Spicy V8 in a pinch
  • One 14.5 oz. can can of organic tomatoes diced small
  • 1 large english cucumber diced.
  • 1 yellow red or green bell peppers, diced.
  • 1 small sweet onion diced
  • 1 serrano chili diced super small
  • 3 T Organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar for health! I like Bragg's because the tincture like packaging leads me to believe that it has magic powers.
  • 1 T Good olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 T. Sriracha hot sauce or to taste
  • 1 T. Frank's hot Sauce or to taste.
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • To make this a meal add 1/2 cup of small cooked shrimp per person.


  • Mix everything together in a big bowl, serve, enjoy!
Course Soup
Cuisine Mexican, Sonoran, Sonoran Style Mexican
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