Salmorejo –A Delicious Alternative To Gazpacho

July 9th 2015
By: Melanie

Salmorego is a cold soup which originated from the town of Cordoba in Spain, it's a cold soup not too dissimilar from Gazpacho, but has a much more delicate flavour. It’s traditionally served with little chunks of jamon serrano, crumbled hard boiled egg or tuna flakes, and finely sliced fresh onion and green pepper.

However on a recent trip to Southern Spain I sampled Salmerejo with finely chopped balsamic strawberries, and the combination was delicious, the chilled soup with its fresh tomatoes and fleshy ripe balsamic strawberries was a delight to the senses. It’s also quick and simple to make so here is the recipe from the BBC Good food website, you can substitute the finishing veggies with your marinated balsamic thinly chopped strawberries, but make sure they are chilled.

So here is the BBC recipe for Salmorego:

Chop the tomatoes, green pepper, and garlic coarsely. Put in a mixer adding the bread soaked in a bit of water, part of the olive oil and salt to taste. Pulse through. Add some water just to reach a creamy texture. At the end add the vinegar and mix again. Check the seasoning, adding more salt or vinegar and maybe more oil if necessary.
Serve drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and the guarniciones: chopped fresh onion and green pepper, crumbled hard boiled egg, flakes of tuna or small chunks of Serrano ham.

You will need the following ingredients:

 *   8 ripe tomatoes
 *   1 green pepper
 *   3 garlic cloves
 *   2 slices of bread
 *   olive oil, about 125 ml
 *   white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar

To finish: (this can be replaced with finely chopped, balsamic marinated strawberries)

 *   chopped hard-boiled eggs
 *   flakes of tuna
 *   chopped fresh onion
 *   chunks of serrano ham
 *   chopped green pepper