Turkish Seasonal Food – Cold Tomato Soup Recipe

Back in June we celebrated the arrival of the giant, summer, Turkish tomatoes and posted a recipe for tomato salad. Well, we’re just about surviving the Fethiye July heat and mentally preparing ourselves for a predicted temperature rise over the coming weekend.a

Enter the tomato. Such a versatile, seasonal food that is the main ingredient in so many Turkish dishes (spicy Antep Ezmesi is a dish that immediately comes to mind) and today, with the temperature increase in our thoughts, we’re thinking cold tomato dishes once more. It’s not a Turkish recipe but it’s perfect for the Turkish summer heat.

Gazpacho

A garnish of fresh mint leaves on the tomato soup

Refreshingly Cold Tomato Soup Recipe

Does a cold, tomato soup automatically become a gazpacho? Whatever you choose to call it, it’s a perfect recipe for long, lazy days in the sun and it’s easy. If you have a food mixer, you can just throw everything into your food mixer. We use a hand blender so all our ingredients just go into a large pan, ready to be blended.

  • Take a handful of stale breadcrumbs and pour a little water over them. Leave for around 20 minutes and then drain off any excess water.
  • Roughly chop 2 of the huge, summer, Turkish tomatoes (about 1 kilo) and add to your food mixer, along with the breadcrumbs.
  • Roughly chop a cucumber and as many chillies as you can handle and add to your mixture.
  • Deseed and chop a couple of peppers and add those. (If you want to change the flavour slightly, you could roast and peel your peppers first.)
  • Now add a clove of garlic, a dash of vinegar and a good few glugs of olive oil.
  • Blend the soup to a smooth consistency and chill in the fridge for a few hours.
Cold Tomato Soup

A serving of refreshing cold tomato soup

When you’re ready to serve the soup, garnish with a drizzle of oil and fresh seasonal mint. A quick scan of gazpacho recipes across the internet will show a variety of ideas for different garnishes but we prefer to keep it simple. Some people add ice to their soup but, for us, although it’s tempting at this time of year, it takes away from the sweet tomato flavour so we leave it out.

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Comments

  1. It’s been so hot here, some of this would have been perfect!

  2. Hi Julia! We LOVE tomatoes and the ones in our new little garden here in Assos are v successful! We have just had the visit of friends from the UK and neither of them like tomatoes!! Can you imagine?
    BTW congrats on being a Top 5 Turkey Cooking Blog!!! Your blog is excellent in every way 🙂

  3. this looks wonderful and i am going to make it asap! how bad are your temperatures? it has been in the triple digits for a month here.

  4. Tomatoes are my fruit of choice in the summer since I eat them just like apples. This soup is perfect for the summer heat we are having but so far there are not tomatoes since the season started slowly due to all the previous rain.

  5. How can you not love tomatoes? We eat them practically every day in a salad….If you wanted to make the soup a little fancy, you could always brunoise some of the cucumbers too. 🙂 Looks good!

  6. I love gazpacho, but I’ve never added bread crumbs before. What a clever way to thicken it. 🙂

  7. Absolutely delicious. Tomatoes are summer’s most perfect food. 🙂

  8. @ Belinda: Yep, it’s definitely hot, hot, hot in Fethiye, too. 🙂

    @ Seasonal Cook in Turkey: Oh, glad you’ve had a successful tomato crop. No room in our garden for things like that but we’re not green-fingered, anyway. 🙂 Thank you for the compliment. 🙂

  9. @ Jaz: We’re supposed to be touching 40 degrees in Fethiye towards the weekend – not sure what that is in Fahrenheit but it’s certainly hot. 😉

    @ Bellini: Yes, we had a bad winter in Turkey, too. Can’t remember if the tomatoes were late, though. Cherries were very late and are still around. Most unusual.

  10. @ Joy: The tomatoes in Turkey are just so tasty aren’t they. They’re a staple of our shopping at the pazar. And how would we go about the brunoise, then? Mint looks good to us. 😉

    @ Rambling Tart: We saw the breadcrumbs idea on a Jamie Oliver programme about Spain. We still had a chunk of bread with the tomato soup though. 🙂

  11. @ Krista: Think we might have to agree with you there as we add them to most Turkish dishes that we make throughout summer. 🙂

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