Gazpacho Rice Salad Recipe - Authentic Spanish Cuisine

Gazpacho Rice Salad

Gazpacho Rice Salad Recipe - Authentic Spanish Cuisine
Region / culture: Spain | Preparation time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 4


Gazpacho Rice Salad
Gazpacho Rice Salad

Gazpacho Rice Salad is a refreshing and flavorful dish that combines the classic flavors of gazpacho with the heartiness of rice and shrimp. This salad is perfect for a light and healthy meal on a hot summer day.


Gazpacho Rice Salad is a modern twist on the traditional Spanish dish, gazpacho. Gazpacho is a cold soup made from tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other vegetables. This salad takes the flavors of gazpacho and combines them with rice and shrimp to create a satisfying and delicious meal.


How to prepare

  1. Reserve 12 shrimp for garnish; set aside.
  2. Coarsely chop the remaining shrimp. Combine the chopped shrimp, salsa, rice, cucumber, bell pepper, onions, lime juice, and garlic. Chill for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Line one quarter of a stemmed glass or individual serving plate with lettuce. Place 1.5 cups of the salad in each glass or on the plate. Garnish each serving with 2 whole shrimp.


  • Add diced avocado for extra creaminess.
  • Substitute quinoa for rice for a gluten-free option.
  • Mix in some black beans or corn for added texture and flavor.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to cook the shrimp just until they are pink and opaque to avoid overcooking.

- For a vegetarian version, you can omit the shrimp and add extra vegetables like cherry tomatoes or avocado.

- Adjust the amount of garlic and lime juice to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Serve Gazpacho Rice Salad as a light lunch or dinner on its own, or as a side dish with grilled chicken or fish. Pair it with a glass of white wine or a refreshing iced tea.

Cooking Techniques

Grilling or sautéing the shrimp adds a delicious smoky flavor to the salad.

- Chilling the salad for 1 to 2 hours allows the flavors to meld together.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use cherry tomatoes instead of bell pepper for a sweeter flavor.

- Substitute lemon juice for lime juice if desired.

Make Ahead Tips

Gazpacho Rice Salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Just add the shrimp garnish right before serving.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Gazpacho Rice Salad in individual stemmed glasses for an elegant presentation. Garnish each serving with a sprig of fresh cilantro or parsley.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair Gazpacho Rice Salad with a crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. For a non-alcoholic option, try serving it with a sparkling water with a splash of citrus.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, gently warm the salad in the microwave or on the stovetop until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving



- Total Carbohydrates: 32g

- Dietary Fiber: 3g

- Sugars: 4g


- Total Fat: 6g

- Saturated Fat: 1g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 25g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 10%

- Vitamin C: 45%

- Calcium: 6%

- Iron: 15%




Gazpacho Rice Salad is a nutritious dish that is low in calories and high in protein. It is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as iron.


Gazpacho Rice Salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that is perfect for a light and refreshing meal. With its combination of shrimp, rice, and vegetables, this salad is sure to become a new favorite in your recipe rotation. Enjoy!

How did I get this recipe?

The memory of discovering this recipe for the first time is a joyful one. It was a hot summer day and I had just returned from a trip to Spain, where I had fallen in love with the vibrant and refreshing flavors of gazpacho. As I sat in my kitchen, reminiscing about the sights and sounds of the bustling markets in Madrid, I knew I wanted to recreate that experience at home.

I reached for my trusty cookbook, filled with recipes passed down from generations of cooks in my family. As I flipped through the pages, I came across a handwritten note tucked away in the back. It was a recipe for Gazpacho Rice Salad, written in elegant script and signed by my great-grandmother.

Intrigued, I read through the ingredients and instructions, my mouth watering at the thought of the tangy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, and fragrant herbs mingling together in a cool and comforting salad. I could almost taste the sweet and spicy flavors of the gazpacho dressing, a perfect complement to the fluffy rice and crunchy vegetables.

I decided to give the recipe a try, gathering fresh produce from my garden and pantry staples from my shelves. As I chopped and stirred, I felt a sense of connection to my ancestors, imagining them preparing this dish in their own kitchens, passing it down through the generations.

The salad came together beautifully, a riot of colors and textures that sang of summer and sunshine. I took a bite and was instantly transported back to the streets of Spain, the flavors dancing on my tongue and warming my soul.

From that day on, Gazpacho Rice Salad became a staple in my kitchen, a dish that I shared with friends and family at gatherings and celebrations. Each time I made it, I felt a sense of pride and joy, knowing that I was carrying on a tradition that had been handed down to me with love and care.

Over the years, I added my own twists and variations to the recipe, experimenting with different herbs and spices, swapping out ingredients to suit the seasons, and creating new memories with each batch I made. But the essence of the dish remained the same – a celebration of life, love, and the simple pleasures of good food shared with good company.

As I sit here today, looking back on all the times I've made Gazpacho Rice Salad, I can't help but feel grateful for the gift of cooking and the memories it has brought me. It's not just about the food itself, but the stories and traditions that are woven into every dish we create, connecting us to our past and shaping our future.

So the next time you find yourself in the kitchen, searching for a new recipe to try, I encourage you to look beyond the ingredients and instructions on the page. Dig deep into your own family history, explore the tastes and flavors of distant lands, and let your imagination run wild. Who knows what delicious discoveries you might make along the way?

And remember, the true magic of cooking lies not just in the food we create, but in the stories we share and the memories we make with every bite. So go ahead, whip up a batch of Gazpacho Rice Salad and savor the taste of tradition, one delicious spoonful at a time. Bon appétit!


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