Recipe: Ajo Blanco (A Cold Garlic and Almond Soup)

This blog post was originally posted on July 9th, 2015 and was updated on August 3th, 2017

Ajo Blanco Recipe: A Refreshing Summer Soup from Andalusia

Ajo Blanco, A cold garlic and amlond soup, recipeThis ajo blanco recipe couldn’t be easier, and it is perfect for these hot summer days! Ajo Blanco, which literally translates to “White Garlic” is surprisingly mild and very tasty. You can also switch it up by adding different garnishes. We’ve seen ajo blanco made with shrimp, grapes, or even watermelon. As with many dishes from Spain, the ingredients are simple and the result is delicious! Just make sure no one in your party is allergic to nuts, as the base of the soup is not cream, but crushed almonds! Read on for our traditional ajo blanco recipe.


Ajo Blanco (Cold Garlic and Almond Soup)
Recipe Type: Starter
Cuisine: Spanish, Andalusian
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  • 200 grams of fresh breadcrumbs
  • 200 grams of peeled almonds
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (to taste)
  • Sherry Vinegar (to taste)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Note: You might use grapes, shrimp or even watermelon to garnish your ajo blanco and give it a unique touch.
  1. Put the breadcrumbs into a large bowl and soak in cold water
  2. In a blender, mix together the almonds, garlic, sherry vinegar and salt until the mixture is creamy and homogeneous.
  3. Slowly add some olive oil until the mixture reaches the desired consistency.
  4. Chill the soup in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
  5. When you serve this soup, put your garnish in the bowl first (the shrimp, grapes or melon), then pour the cold soup over the top.
  6. Enjoy!

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