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What to serve with gazpacho (19 insanely appetizing sides!)

Picking the right-side item for a dish is sometimes challenging. In my case, there are days that I found myself stuck in the kitchen thinking about what to pair my chicken cordon bleu with.

Well, cooks often have those moments, eh?

Same as goes with my gazpacho, I have a hard time choosing the right pair to complement its refreshing and summer flavor. The good news: I found these recipes online, and I can’t wait to share them with you all!

The idea of gazpacho making is quite simple. It features spices and chopped raw vegetables, such as tomato, onion, pepper, and cucumber.

This dish is also best served cold and popular during hot summers in Spain and Portugal.

If you’re wondering what to eat with gazpacho, then keep an eye on these eleven appetizing side dishes and transform your ordinary gazpacho into an unforgettable meal.

1. Crab cakes

There are great ways to enjoy a hearty gazpacho – one of them is to pair the soup with this crab cake recipe.

Whether it’s baked, deep-fried, and sauteed, this crab meat-based dish is a total partner for your gazpacho due to its sweet and tangy flavor.

Crab cakes go perfectly with mango salsagrilled asparaguscoleslaw, and grilled avocados.

Unlock this recipe here.

2. Southern-fried okra

This Southern-fried okra is my go-to dish for my meal, especially with cold gazpacho. It’s made with buttermilk, flour, cornmeal, and of course okra, resulting in a savory and crispy dish.

You’re probably intimated with the okra, but no worries! These okra balls are too good for you to ignore.

Check out the recipe here.

3. Pasta salad

What goes well with gazpacho? Who can ever forget the pasta salad?

This creamy pasta salad isn’t an ordinary pasta you’d usually consume. It’s made with ranch! The salad is light and creamy, making it a great bet to pair with your gazpacho.

Plus, making the salad is pretty simple. All you need is to cook the pasta, prep the veggies, combine the ingredients, and that’s it! It’s easy.

Feeling adventurous today? Feel free to add bacon and chopped tomatoes!

Here’s the recipe.

4. Red beans and rice

If you’re still confused about what goes good with gazpacho, then this third recipe might be the one to clear your mind!

This traditional Creole recipe is hearty and bursting with flavors. It mixes spices including Creole seasoning, vegetable stock, rice, kidney beans, and Andouille sausage. The presence of hot sauce creates a zing of spice to the recipe.

The best part? This dish is made extra easy using a slow cooker! How’s that possible?

Full details of the recipe here.

5. Artisan bread

When it comes to sides with gazpacho, this artisan bread always pops into my mind. Who can blame me? It’s crusty on the outside and tender on the inside – features that make it an excellent candidate to pair with cold gazpacho!

They’re also more enjoyable when you add sesame seed, poppy seed, or shredded parmesan cheese. Yum!

Get the recipe here.

6. Spanish Tortilla

Your gazpacho soup might be bland without a slice of this Spanish tortilla. It’s packed with few ingredients such as potatoes, onion, olive oil, eggs, and black pepper.

If you haven’t tried one, every bite is so filling and satisfying. It’s a go-to dish if you’re gunning for a tasty snack, lunch, light dinner, or even a pair for your gazpacho.

Check out the recipe here.

7. Bacon-wrapped Hawaiian chicken skewers

If you’re on a quest looking for a grilled side for your gazpacho, then this bacon-wrapped Hawaiian chicken skewers is the one you’re looking for!

The star of this recipe is not the chicken and bacon, but the marinade. This mixture that consists of soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic enhances the overall flavor of the dish.

Adding the pineapple into the scene creates that nice sweet and tangy pack against the meat.

Full details of the recipe here.

8. Extra-crunchy calamari

Guess what the secret ingredient is to the nicely tender and crunchy texture of this calamari recipe? Buttermilk!

The presence of buttermilk in the recipe eliminates the need for the addition of beaten eggs. If you want to add extra crunch, cornmeal works well in this dish, too.

Served hot with lemon wedges, marinara sauce, or your all-time favorite Spanish-style soup, gazpacho.

Check out the recipe here.

9. Home fries

The simplicity of the recipe makes it a great pairing choice for gazpacho soup.

These home fries are a simple and light dish consisting of fried potatoes, then seasoned with thyme and paprika. The inclusion of butter in the recipe enhances the creamy profile of the potato.

Quick tip: Try microwaving the potatoes first to shorten cooking time.

Here’s the recipe.

10. Classic empanadas

These classic empanadas are filled with minced beef, boiled egg, green olives, potatoes. It features a tender and crispy texture that’s so addicting once you taste it.

These baked empanadas are indeed delicious on their own, but they’d be more enjoyable with avocado salad and gazpacho.

Get the recipe here.

11. Portuguese rolls

Last but not least, the Portuguese rolls! Aside from empanadas and artisan bread, I always opt for these rolls when I have gazpacho on hand.

It has a nice crusty outside with a perfectly light and soft inside. You can also dip them in a gazpacho or any sauce of your liking.

Here’s the recipe.

12. Tortilla chips

Even if you only have 25 minutes, that’s still plenty of time to pull together these homemade and crunchy tortilla chips for your gazpacho. The recipe is also a tasty way to use your microwave, especially when you have a tight schedule to get the side items done. 

These chips are best eaten when warm and freshly made. So don’t forget to sprinkle them with more salt to serve. 

Here’s the recipe.

13. Crostini

Skip the store-bought crostini because this homemade recipe is so much better. As it is, it’s sturdy and makes an excellent dipping vehicle for gazpacho. 

You can top the bread with whatever ingredients sound delicious, whether sweet, savory, or spicy. Consider cheese, fruit or jam, honey, tomatoes, and leafy herbs as toppings in this hearty Italian appetizer. 

Get the recipe here.

14. Spanish pan-fried shrimp with garlic

The recipe may sound like it will require an all-day cooking affair, but it can only be readied in just 25 minutes or less! 

The secret behind dishing out an amazingly delicious pan-fried shrimp is the fusion of flavors from garlic, olive oil, and chili peppers. I recommend adding a dash or two of fresh parsley right before you dig in. 

Get the recipe here.

15. Chicken and bacon shish kabobs

In just 40 minutes, you can dress up simple yet filling kabobs with chicken chunks, bacon, mushrooms, pineapple chunks, and honey. And for these kabobs, the secret doesn’t only lie in the spices – it’s all in the overnight marination!

If you still have time, put green pepper, pineapple chunks, and onion chunks on skewers, then grill them next to your chicken and bacon kabobs. 

Check out the recipe here.

16. Ham and cheese jambon pastries

This no-fuss and the kid-friendly recipe will save the day whenever you need a quick family meal or a pleasurable side item for your gazpacho. 

When baked perfectly, you’ll enjoy its flaky layers with creamy, gooey cheese and sharp little bites of ham. Prep these treats beforehand, keep them in the fridge and bake the pastries until they’re ready to impress everyone.

Unlock this recipe here.

17. Lemon-herb chicken skewers

This recipe should be your next trick for the upcoming gazpacho feast. It’s laden with tangy and aromatic herbs, chicken thighs, asparagus, and red pepper. 

And the best part of these light and summery kebabs? The presence of lemon marinade. Just make sure to cut the chicken into strips, thread them onto the skewers along with thinly sliced lemons and asparagus.

Get the recipe here.

18. Calamari

Frozen calamari tubes with herb-flavored flour mixture cooked to perfection come together to create a dish you’ll make again and again. This light, golden-brown crust and tender calamari are great for a quick appetizer or snack but also sufficient enough to serve as a side alongside your gazpacho dish. 

To tenderize and tame the strong smell of calamari, soak it for about 30 minutes in milk. This process also helps the flour coating to better stick on the rings. 

Unlock the recipe here.

19. Spanish rice

This recipe should help you achieve a bowl of restaurant-quality rice in just less than an hour. 

Herby and savory, it’s also the easiest upgrade of your everyday long grain rice. Tomato sauce, oil, chicken-flavored bouillon, cilantro, cumin, and garlic pepper is all it takes to concoct this Spanish staple. 

It’s great to serve along with taco, enchilada, and gazpacho dishes. 

Full details about this recipe here.

The bottom line

There’s no such thing as perfect side dishes. It would be best if you looking for something that complements your main dish instead of overpowering its taste.

If you’re puzzled over what to serve with gazpacho soup, don’t stress out. Just experiment and try those dishes you enjoy the most.

The most important thing to keep in mind is to get an enjoyable and unforgettable meal rather than looking for a perfect side.

What to serve with gazpacho

What to serve with gazpacho

This recipe list features eleven delectable side dishes that can turn your ordinary gazpacho into an unforgettable meal

Ingredients

  • Crab cakes
  • Southern-fried okra
  • Pasta salad
  • Red beans and rice
  • Artisan bread
  • Spanish Tortilla
  • Bacon-wrapped Hawaiian chicken skewers
  • Extra-crunchy calamari
  • Home fries
  • Classic empanadas
  • Portuguese rolls
  • Tortilla chips
  • Crostini
  • Spanish pan-fried shrimp with garlic
  • Chicken and bacon shish kabobs
  • Ham and cheese jambon pastries
  • Lemon-herb chicken skewers
  • Calamari
  • Spanish rice

Instructions

  1. Choose a few sides to try 
  2. Tell us your best pick

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