It's a perfect dish for when you want an easy meal that doesn’t require standing over a hot stove. And it's also super quick and ready in about 20 minutes.
I came by it originally way back in my grad student days when I was studying to be a translator, and lived for several months in the south of Spain.
For part of that time, I rented a room in the home of an elderly Spanish woman who also provided lunch and dinner for her boarders. These meals were simple, everyday affairs – nothing lavish or grand about them - but I enjoyed them nonetheless.
One of my favorite dinners was the Señora’s gazpacho, a delicious tangy medley of tomato, garlic and hot pepper that she served with a generous portion of bread and some salad.
This chilled soup was an entirely new culinary experience for me, and it tasted sublime in the heat of a late August Andalusian day. I loved it.