Pineapple Gazpacho

The first time I had pineapple gazpacho was in St. Lucia in the Caribbean. We stayed at Sugar Beach resort, which was beautiful. One day my husband and I signed up for a farm-to-table adventure, which ended with a five-course meal provided by the hotel’s chef.

The whole meal was stunning, but the gazpacho was especially memorable. Maybe because we participated in picking the pineapple in the field.

Or maybe because I got to play chef in the “cold” room of the hotel’s kitchen where prep work is done. I actually put the gazpacho together without knowing any ratios. But I must have done well because the chef approved.

After I placed all of the ingredients in a large bowl, the Chef put everything in a vitamix, and puréed it. Using a very large chinois, the soup was then strained.

At that point we left the prep kitchen and moved into the main kitchen where the chef prepared some sashimi for us, as we watched him cut up the kingfish, which was to be our main.

Eventually we were seated on the outside deck with a view of the ocean, crisp white wine in hand. Then here came the pineapple gazpacho. Isn’t it beautiful!

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It was topped with chopped baby shrimp, cucumber, tomato and a few cilantro leaves, then drizzled with a little oil. So today I’m going to duplicate this gazpacho, if I can, although the tropical ambiance won’t be the same.

Pineapple Gazpacho

3 slices white bread with the crusts
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 medium-sized pineapple, peeled
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded
1/3 cup crème fraiche
Small bunch of cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon salt

Soak the bread in the cream in a bowl.

Chop up the pineapple and place in a heavy-duty blender. Add the cucumber, crème fraiche, cilantro, and all of the remaining ingredients. Add the cream-soaked bread and blend until very smooth. Let sit for a few hours or overnight for the flavors to mingle.

Pour the mixture into a sieve like a chinois and strain well.

Taste for seasoning. It should taste like a fabulous blend of pineapple and cucumber, with a little zing from the hot sauce. It shouldn’t be salty or sweet.

Serve chilled.

The gazpacho is thin, but not watery. It’s very satisfying, and perfect for lunch, or like in St. Lucia, a first course for dinner.

By Published On: August 9th, 202147 Comments

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!

47 Comments

  1. angiesrecipes August 9, 2021 at 7:20 AM - Reply

    Looks so tasty and refreshing made with fresh pineapples!

    • chef mimi August 9, 2021 at 7:32 AM - Reply

      It has such a lovely flavor with the cucumber and seasoning!

  2. David @ Spiced August 9, 2021 at 7:57 AM - Reply

    I do love a good summer gazpacho! I’ve never made one with pineapples, though, so I can see how this one really would channel the tropical vibes. Hopefully eating this whisked you back to those days in St. Lucia!!

    • chef mimi August 9, 2021 at 7:59 AM - Reply

      The flavors are incredible – pineapple, cucumber, and some zing from the hot sauce. A really wonderful flavor profile.

  3. BERNADETTE August 9, 2021 at 9:10 AM - Reply

    Totally jealous! What a great experience. I eat a cup of pineapple every day, so I definitely will try this recipe.

    • chef mimi August 9, 2021 at 9:15 AM - Reply

      You’ll love it. It’s really unique, and such great flavors!

  4. Ronit Penso Tasty Eats August 9, 2021 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    Interesting take on gazpacho. Love the flavors, though I’m not sure the heavy cream belongs in there, so would probably use water, as in the original. :)

    • chef mimi August 9, 2021 at 10:39 AM - Reply

      Originally, it was milk, not water. However I did use creme fraiche instead of Greek yogurt, which was in the original recipe. I like both the cream and creme fraiche, because they keep the soup from being too watery, in my opinion.

  5. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen August 9, 2021 at 11:08 AM - Reply

    Sounds amazing, and new to me! This would be a lovely starter for a dinner party.

    • chef mimi August 9, 2021 at 2:31 PM - Reply

      It really would. Especially for a nice summer menu.

  6. Jeff the Chef August 9, 2021 at 11:20 AM - Reply

    How interesting! I love that it’s neither salty, nor sweet. And so interesting that it incorporates bread! Amazing!

    • chef mimi August 9, 2021 at 2:30 PM - Reply

      I’ve never made a gazpacho quite like it. Don’t really know what the bread does. I mean, that’s pretty much what’s left behind after the chinois step…

  7. David Scott Allen August 9, 2021 at 3:49 PM - Reply

    This is making me want a Vitamix more than ever! Nothing purées like a Vitamix. This looks really wonderful, Mimi. I will do the best I can with my blender and chinois. The scenery is absolutely stunning… I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen photographs of the island.

    • chef mimi August 9, 2021 at 4:06 PM - Reply

      It was really beautiful, and we picked a fabulous hotel. And really lovely people. I finally bought a Vitamix years ago because I was tired of inferior blenders. I love it.

  8. Ben Maclain|Havocinthekitchen August 9, 2021 at 6:07 PM - Reply

    I love sweet and savoury twists on gazpacho (like a watermelon or cherry gazpacho), as well as dessert types of soup, but pinapple gazpacho? It never would have occurred to me. It looks and sounds delicious! and so refreshing!

    • chef mimi August 10, 2021 at 7:16 AM - Reply

      I’ve never been creative with gazpacho. Those sound wonderful! I guess it doesn’t help that my husband won’t eat anything “weird!” I need to start making more gazpachos! You’ll love this version.

  9. Healthy World Cuisine August 9, 2021 at 9:28 PM - Reply

    Feeling the tropical vibes! It is always so fun to learn new tricks and recipes, isn’t it? Must give this recipe a go. Love your smile, you look so happy in the kitchen.

    • chef mimi August 10, 2021 at 7:14 AM - Reply

      I was happy. I had been so hot in the fields foraging, and then that room was so cold, but it was a really great experience. And my husband had fun, too!

  10. sherry August 9, 2021 at 11:40 PM - Reply

    hi mimi
    well St Lucia looks amazing and this soup looks wonderful. I must give it a go in summer. I often make regular gazpacho and i think i made a white (or green?) one once but this looks different and interesting.

    • chef mimi August 10, 2021 at 7:13 AM - Reply

      I’m no gazpacho expert. I think I’ve only made one! But this pineapple version is pretty amazing.

  11. Tandy | Lavender and Lime August 10, 2021 at 5:30 AM - Reply

    Such an interesting recipe. And I gather not too sweet? I would not mind the luxury of a vitamix for recipe such as these :)

    • chef mimi August 10, 2021 at 7:12 AM - Reply

      Actually not sweet at all. Just a lovely pineapple flavor tempered with cucumber, and then you get the zing… it’s really lovely.

  12. Ann Coleman August 10, 2021 at 1:23 PM - Reply

    That looks really good! I love pineapple.

    • chef mimi August 11, 2021 at 7:32 AM - Reply

      You would definitely love this gazpacho!

  13. Eva Taylor August 11, 2021 at 7:30 AM - Reply

    What an incredible memory, I just love it when the taste, smell and texture of food takes me right back. I’ve made many gazpacho in my day but never pineapple.

    • chef mimi August 11, 2021 at 7:32 AM - Reply

      It’s very unique from what I’ve gathered. Not a gazpacho expert.

  14. kitchenriffs August 11, 2021 at 9:47 AM - Reply

    Really, really interesting recipe. Such a different gazpacho (at least to me) — thanks!

    • chef mimi August 11, 2021 at 10:54 AM - Reply

      You’re so welcome! It’s light and full of flavor.

    • chef mimi August 11, 2021 at 5:55 PM - Reply

      It’s so good. I love the hot sauce zing!

  15. Raymund August 11, 2021 at 5:48 PM - Reply

    I would love this version over the traditional one, pineapple makes more sense to me for cold soups

    • chef mimi August 11, 2021 at 5:55 PM - Reply

      Actually you’re right! It really does make sense!

  16. Sippity Sup August 11, 2021 at 6:05 PM - Reply

    You words describing the experience are all the ambience I need. I know I’d love every drop. GREG

  17. For the Love of Cooking August 12, 2021 at 10:40 AM - Reply

    So refreshing and tasty! It looks pretty too.

    • chef mimi August 12, 2021 at 4:03 PM - Reply

      It’s really good!

  18. Molly Pisula August 14, 2021 at 12:49 PM - Reply

    Oh Mimi, I love this story so much. What an amazing experience! And that pineapple gazpacho sounds so creative and delicious!

    • chef mimi August 14, 2021 at 2:11 PM - Reply

      And it’s so so good. Subtle but great flavors, all with a little zing!

  19. cookingontheweekends August 15, 2021 at 12:54 AM - Reply

    Such a unique gazpacho. And now I’m really wanting a farm to table adventure! Sounds like it was so much fun and a great experience — and delicious, of course. :-) ~Valentina

    • chef mimi August 15, 2021 at 6:51 AM - Reply

      It was a really great day. I was hot, but I’m always hot in the sun! A wonderful experience and the gazpacho was my favorite treat of the day.

  20. thatskinnychickcanbake August 15, 2021 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    What a wonderful experience!! And pineapple gazpacho sounds amazing!! My first taste of gazpacho was in the 1970’s in Aspen. My mom took me and my sisters out to lunch and we all became fans that day!

    • chef mimi August 15, 2021 at 11:24 AM - Reply

      That’s a good Mom!!! This recipe is fabulous. Hope you get a chance to make it.

  21. Karen (Back Road Journal) August 15, 2021 at 4:04 PM - Reply

    I’ve never had a cream based gazpacho. Yours looks and sounds great.

    • chef mimi August 16, 2021 at 7:08 AM - Reply

      Interestingly enough, it was creamy. You’d never guess there was actually cream in it. It’s mostly about the pineapple and cucumber, which are both watery, so maybe the cream made the soup a bit more substantial in texture?

  22. neil@neilshealthymeals.com August 15, 2021 at 11:51 PM - Reply

    I was actually looking at St. Lucia as a possible holiday destination for Lynne and I this December recently Mimi. Our travel rules change by the day here though so it could be Mexico instead. Who knows? Anyway your Gazpacho recipe looks lovely. I love the sound of picking pineapple straight fresh from the fields then putting it straight into the recipe!

    • chef mimi August 16, 2021 at 7:10 AM - Reply

      It was a fabulous experience, and I highly recommend this hotel. No idea of its status right now, of course. St. Lucia is beautiful. You can see the island in one day; we hired a driver and it was very relaxing. Very poor people, but very nice people.

  23. Our Growing Paynes August 16, 2021 at 9:57 AM - Reply

    What a great experience, cooking with the chef in a beautiful locale. I love those types of immersive experiences.

  24. Judee August 29, 2021 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Such an unusual gazpacho and it sounds delicious.

    • chef mimi August 30, 2021 at 6:53 AM - Reply

      Right. Quite unique and very tasty!

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