El Rey Gazpacho

The king of cold soups!  Ripe summer tomatoes are juiced and chilled with a medley of garden-fresh Mediterranean veggies, plus a shot of zesty hot sauce. ¡Deliciosa! (Vegan)

Note from the Soup Charmer: This fab soup is a riff on a gazpacho that my sweet mama used to make and one of our favorite celebrations of local summer veggies. Serve it to guests and you will become their best friend, or your money back! Okay, not really, but they will love it. And your kitchen will stay cool.

(makes approx. 2 quarts)

2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped

1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1 medium white onion, chopped

1 medium green bell pepper, chopped

4 cups low sodium tomato juice

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

½ – 1 tsp hot sauce (to taste)

1 tsp salt

Couple of pinches freshly ground black pepper

3 garlic cloves, minced

Blend half of the quantities of the first four chopped veggies with ½ cup tomato juice at high speed until pureed. In a large bowl, combine this mixture with remaining tomato juice and remaining ingredients. Salt to taste, mix well, and chill thoroughly.

The mighty theatre now known as the El Rey has been a part of the Chico landscape almost as long as Bidwell Park. Many Chicoans remember when the El Rey was part of the United Artists movie theatre chain (1948-2005), Older folks will recall that it was known as The American (1938-46) until an arson fire forced its closure for 2 years. Prior to that, the theatre was dubbed The National (1924-39) and The Majestic Theatre (1906-24).

14 days after its opening, on April 23rd 1906, it showed its first set of motion pictures, a series called “Whitney’s Celebrated Life Motion Pictures”, that consisted of six or more short films of everyday life and included titles such as “Scenes Of The Russian Revolution”, “Great Mine Disaster”, “The Fire Bug” and “Spanish Bullfight”. It also screened a film of the Chico fire department that would have been produced locally.  This screening date officially makes The El Rey Theater the longest continuously operated movie theater in California and the 3rd in the entire US!

This is our recommended jam for making El Rey Gazpacho. Porque mi vida yo la prefiero vivir así .

Did you make this soup? Leave us a comment and let us know!

5 Comments Add yours

    1. Thanks for reading! Please let us know if you try it! —Sally


      1. No problem 🙂 will do!! check out my blog when you get the chance 😄


  1. Michele says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. Great blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Glad you like it, and thanks for reading! We loved putting together these soups. Hope you’ll give them a try. Lots more coming! — Sally


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