I plan to make gazpacho in a blender. I'll be using the following ingredients, all blended together:

3 medium-large tomatoes
1/2 cup cucumber pieces
1/4 cup onion
1/2 cup bell peppers
1 Tbsp. Red wine vinegar
A few ice cubes
1 drop Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper

The problem is that the cucumbers we have on hand are somewhat bitter. Will using these make the gazpacho also taste too bitter?

  • Did you peal the cumbers?
    – paparazzo
    Aug 3, 2016 at 21:51
  • No. Perhaps I should though.
    – user48147
    Aug 3, 2016 at 22:42
  • You absolutely should if they are bitter, most of the bitterness is in the peels.
    – Ecnerwal
    Aug 4, 2016 at 4:13

3 Answers 3


This is kind of turning into a recipe question so it may get closed.

Most recipes call for peeled and seeded. See how it tastes peeled and seeded. You have a other strong flavors so unless unless it is very bitter it is probably OK. Maybe cut back on the cucumber.


Gazpacho is a classic chilled summer soup that has transcended its Spanish origins and found its way onto the menus of a multitude of Spanish and non-Spanish restaurants throughout Europe and beyond. Cooling cucumber is one of a number of staple ingredients but using bitter-tasting cucumbers will likely upset the established taste parameters in a classic version of this delicious cold soup.


My gazpacho recipe makes 6 cups. I used different cucumbers, and suspect they caused bitterness. I added 2 teaspoons balsamic glaze (balsamic vinegar slowly reduced at a simmer by half volume) and this was perfect!

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