white gazpacho*

As the weather is heating up here in Southern California, the idea of turning on any cooking appliance is getting to be out of the question. So instead why not have a refreshing, raw summer soup for lunch or dinner. Pair this delicious soup with a crisp white wine and a slice of grilled bread and dinner is served. I veganized this recipe from one I found at a beautiful blog that I love to read. Slim Paley is a woman who lives the most beautiful life you can imagine in Santa Barbara. Her home, garden, photography and writing skills will leave you breathless. So here is my veganized version of white gazpacho.

In a blender mix until smooth...

2 lbs of green seedless grapes
1 medium peeled & diced cucumber
2 scallions
1/4 c unsalted almonds
1/2 c soy buttermilk
6 oz container of plain soy yogurt
1/4 c seasoned rice vinegar
1 T olive oil
1/2 to 1 t red pepper flakes (depending on how much heat you like)
salt - pepper
~Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, overnight is even better.
~To make the soy buttermilk, mix 1/2 T vinegar into 1/2 c plain soymilk and let sit 10 minutes
.~For Slim's original recipe and a much prettier picture of the soup, go here.
*No animals were harmed in the making of this soup.

edited note:  i have since simplified this recipe by...not bothering to make the buttermilk.  i use just plain soymilk.  i have also quit adding salt and pepper.  the red pepper is enough.  and i only use between 1 and 1 1/2 lbs of grapes.


  1. I will go visit Slim Paley....this gazpacho looks so refreshing!

    Thanks again Janet.

    BTW I bought Mrs. Fyttons Country Life today...am almost at the end of The Amenable Women....can hardly wait!

  2. I love the Slim Paley blog too, her garden is divine.

    Glad to see you are back posting J.

    Is freezing here, was about 7 degrees this morning.

    Thinking of you, and looking out for my parcel!

  3. Hi Janet!
    Thank you so much for the lovely mention of my blog! I look forward to "meeting" some of your devotees.
    I'm having a moment of silence in honour of your 60 days of not acquiring. I commend your valiant efforts.
    And now back to your vegan version of the gazpacho- is there no good vegan substitute for cream cheese?! Sorry if this a dumb carnivore question :(
    Love Slim


  4. hi slim,

    there is a vegan cream cheese substitute. i just wanted this recipe to be as fresh as could be. the vegan version of cream cheese has hydrogenated oil in it and other things i really don't like to eat. once in a while is ok but i really wanted this to be super fresh and healthy and i think it is. and it tastes delicious.

    also, there is no such thing as a dumb carnivore question! having fun in kona? i'm jealous, as usual.


  5. Oh, this looks delicious, Janet. So light and fresh. I plan to try this recipe over the weekend as it's hot and humid here in Boston (finally)!

  6. Good morning, here you are. I was wondering what you were up to.

    Cooking, or rather , not cooking something delish I see.

    Stay cool and enjoy your week. xoxo Jane

  7. Hi! This sounds yummy! I think I'll try it this week...I can't stand cooking in the summertime - sliced vegetables and salads are about all I can find myself making these days. There's nothing worse than being outside all day and having to come in and turn on the stove.
    Hope your week is going well...anything fun going on?
    Talk to you soon ~
    Sarah xo

  8. This looks wonderful Janet! Love the idea of the grapes for the sweetness!
    I'm curious being that you are in sunny CA, and a vegan.... what are your thoughts on local vs. organic. I realize that local-organic is always the best, but if the product you are looking for can't be found would you choose local non-organic, or organic (from a different locale)??


  9. hi joan - b/c we are in so. calif, local, organic is very easy to find. very easy. we have at least 4 huge organic farms just 2-3 miles away from our house. but i would always choose organic strawberries for instance over local ones that used pesticides. i guess we are pretty lucky b/c we rarely have to choose.

  10. Very pretty. Sounds yummy - and easy! - too.

  11. Dear Janet, this looks delish, so inspiring, still hot here in Blightyland, have postponed my roast beef dinner as could not face stoving over a hot slave..Bx

  12. Wow, I would never have thought to use grapes and yoghurt in soup. I need to be more creative!

  13. Hi Janet - Please continue to include vegan recipes. I viewed EARTHLINGS and could not bear to watch parts of it, but I still heard the screams of the animals being slaughtered. There is no way I can now eat any kind of flesh. And the treatment of cows...there goes dairy. I think if I spend one day cooking several kinds of beans and rice and making a nut loaf and a soup or two, it should be simple to come up with vegan meals for the week. I think these can all be frozen for a while. Have you found a good substitute for eggs in baked goods? How do you manage having variety and enough protein and not spending a ton of time in the kitchen every day? BTW, I love your blog. Wish you lived in our Pasadena neighborhood! - Jan


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