Four Gazpacho Recipes to Cool Off With
It is too darn hot outside! Sometimes, in the summer, eating hot food isn’t appetizing. When you’re already sweating, heat coming off your meal isn’t ideal. Sometimes, you aren’t in the mood for a salad, but you still want something cold. Yes, you can make a sandwich with low-carb bread, but that’s not always satisfying. We love gazpacho because it is a real meal, just one you can eat without breaking a sweat.
We’ve shared gazpacho recipes before. But you can never have too many recipes for delicious, cold soup. And, these low-carb soups won’t derail your blood sugar plans!
Cucumber and Shrimp Gazpacho
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Not all gazpachos are tomato-based. This creamy cumber soup is refreshing with mint and lime juice. It has healthy fats, and you add shrimp for protein. You have to cook the shrimp, or buy them cooked from the store, but the rest of it just goes into your blender or food processor. It’s a light soup that won’t weigh you down but will still be satisfying because of the protein and fat. A serving has 227 calories and six grams of net carbs. Get the recipe.
Creamy Red Gazpacho
Olive oil is emulsified with delicious vegetables to make a creamy soup. Lemon juice and a slash of vinegar bring a little sharpness to this pepper-based soup. While the peppers don’t need to be roasted, it does make it a sweeter soup. If you don’t want to roast them, we suggest adding less vinegar and adjusting it to your taste. Topping the soup with soft goat cheese makes it even more creamy and adds a bit more salt and tanginess to the mild soup. A serving has 396 calories and 6.3 grams of net carbs. If you skip the cheese — not everyone is a fan — you shave 66 calories and one gram of carbs off the recipe. Get the recipe.
Avocado Cucumber Gazpacho
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Right now, our team is a little wary of avocados. Because you have to feel them to determine if they are ripe, we’ve been giving them a miss during the pandemic. You have no idea how many people have felt the avocado before you. Of course, you should wash all produce before eating it, but the fact that you have to feel an avocado makes them seem a little dangerous right now. If you are in the same boat, you may want to hold off on this dish. Most low-carb gazpacho recipes use avocados, but this one uses a lot of avocados. Even if you wait a few months, this is a soup you have to try at some point. It’s almost like guacamole soup, and it’s just as tasty as it sounds. A serving has 95 calories and 8.34 grams of carbs. Get the recipe.
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We love this soup. It’s sweet and savory and so refreshing. If you are a fan of salads with some fruit thrown in, this is for you. You may mistakenly think that this is a dessert, but garlic, vinegar and thyme make it a main course. Without cheese, cream or oil, this is probably the lightest-feeling meal. It’s a great option when you have something to do after dinner because you can still get up and go after eating. A serving has 109 calories and 11 grams of carbs. Get the recipes.
These recipes deserve a place on your summer dining table. They can help you stay cool on those evenings where it’s still too hot even after sundown. The summer is in full swing, and you should be able to enjoy it. Sometimes, a cool meal is just the ticket to allow you to have a pleasant — and healthy — evening.