It is gazpacho season. Don't know if you've ever noticed, but very few recipes as simple as "buy vegetables, blend and chill" inspire such strong preferences as this iconic cold soup. (We give props to the oil-laden, paprika-orange smoothie variety over the chunky salsa in a bowl style, but hey, that's just us.)
In fact, there are many ways to do this chilled soup. But it turns out, there was also a first way. The first gazpacho on record was a white soup brought to Andalusia by the Moors, before the Euros had any idea tomatoes existed. It was a simple recipe that made use of leftovers—crusty bread stubs, withering grapes and almonds. So we gave it a whirl. Besides making a batch with too much raw garlic, and learning that the stuff thickens overnight, we quickly seized on what we liked and stuck to the basics, adding only cucumber.
As for garnish, a simple grape or almond with a swirl of olive oil keeps it vegan and does the soup justice. But for full-on indulgence, we have added a single crouton topped with Spanish sheep's milk cheese. So many ways!