Salmorejo: Spain’s Refreshing & Hearty Cold Soup
Salmorejo is a cold soup with a tomato base– much like the ever popular gazpacho. What makes salmorejo different than gazpacho (Spain’s other cold soup) is the addition of quite a bit of stale bread, hard boiled egg, and diced serrano ham served on top. Gazpacho blends many more vegetables (like onion and pepper) whereas salmorejo is only tomatoes and perhaps a clove of garlic. Another difference is that gazpacho is often drunk from a glass, while salmorejo is served in a bowl.
Salmorejo originates in Cordoba, Andalusia where summer temperatures break 100°F quite often. When served as a very cold soup, salmorejo makes the perfect lunch or dinner option. Many people eat it as a starter, but it is hearty enough (especially when topped with hard boiled egg and diced ham) to have as a main course.
Check out this delicious Salmorejo Recipe from the Spanish Sabores Spain website.
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Lauren grew up in an Italian-American family where 3-hour meals were the norm. After 10 years in the restaurant industry, she moved to Spain where she launched her popular Spanish food blog, Spanish Sabores, and soon after led groups on the first Devour Madrid food tours.