Salmorejo, one of my favourite Spanish cold soups, or should I say puree.
The difference between Gazpacho and Salmorejo
The main and most important difference is texture; Gazpacho is a cold soup, which is very easily drinkable. Therefore often served in a glass. Salmorejo is more like a puree. And is enjoyed with a spoon.
It is a certain style of bread which creates the difference. This particular bread is called Pan de telera, Pan candeal or pan sobao depending in which region you are. This bread is very dense and with little hydration. With this bread you can create the beautiful creamy texture of a Salmorejo.
But, this bread is not everywhere available, so instead just try and find a local dense white bread in your area. I am sure you can find a good bread anywhere to make your favourite cold soup. You might have to add more bread to create the thick creamy texture.
Originally a salmorejo should only be made with; tomatoes, bread, garlic and olive oil. In contrary, for gazpacho you can add cucumber, red bell pepper (paprika) and sherry vinegar.
So when you follow my recipe you will notice that this Salmorejo is in texture a salmorejo, but with some added ingredients taken from the famous gazpacho (read why in the next chapter). I have tried all different options, and this one has become my favourite :). Feel free to experiment yourself.
As a famous chef from Cordoba once said; ‘There are as many recipes for a salmorejo as there are hands that make them.’
Traditionally, a salmorejo is topped with a hard boiled egg (crumbled) and pieces of Jamon serrano. These ingredients are both non-vegan. Therefore I have adjusted the traditional recipe. By adding a small amount of red bell pepper (paprika) and sherry vinegar, the soup has more depth and complexity. Which without the savoury toppings would otherwise become to boring for my palate. You can top this soup with a few finely diced pieces of cucumber, to add a bit of crunch and freshness.
I hope you enjoy experimenting with this soup. To find your own personal favourite cold soup! & Check out my other Spanish favourite cold soup recipe >> Ajo Blanco.
This Salmorejo recipe is part of my new series; ‘Travels of taste‘. In which we meet other cultures through food by using all our senses and imagination. Smell its salty air & feel the hot sun while tasting its incredible variety of fresh food. Check out my full Mediterranean ‘travels of taste’ post; >>> The Med; Olive oil, herbs & fresh produce.