Watermelon Gazpacho

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Watermelon Gazpacho

 

I don’t really know if I have talked about my love affair with watermelon. I really really truly LOVE watermelon. I think I can confidently say that it’s my favorite fruit (well almost!) I am generally a fruit person but there is something about watermelon which makes it irresistible. It’s sweet, crisp, juicy and oh so delicious!

Watermelons are right now in season and I am totally indulging in them. I think the main reason why I love summer is all the delicious fruits that it brings. There is not a single day when there is no big piece of watermelon in our refrigerator. My husband and now my daughter also love it. There are days when we have only watermelon lunch or dinner :)

I don’t think there is even a single post on watermelon in my blog. The problem is I love this fruit so much that I simply have to eat it fresh. In fact that’s how i feel about most fruits. When I see them I can’t bring myself to mess with it. They are perfect by themselves so no need to cook/bake them!

 

Watermelon Gazpacho

 

Yesterday we bought 4 HUGE watermelons and one of them wasn’t really great.  It was not as sweet and crispy as the other fruits. There was no way I was throwing it out! First I made a big jar of watermelon juice for my husband and daughter and then with the leftover watermelon I decided to make myself a nice big bowl of gazpacho!

I made tomato gazpacho for the first time recently and instantly fell in love with it. I think it’s going to be one of my most favorite summer meals this season. It’s quick and easy to make and is incredibly refreshing. I always have the ingredients on hand so I can make it whenever I am hungry. Try the same recipe with just tomatoes for a tomato gazpacho.

Next time I have a not so good watermelon I will definitely make this instead of the regular sugar filled juice.

 

Watermelon Gazpacho

 

Notes:

Skip the tabasco if you don’t want your gazpacho to be hot.

Reduce the shallots and garlic quantity if you like your soup less pungent.

While balsamic added a nice depth of flavor, it tastes light and more fruity without it too. Adjust the flavors to see what suits you the best.

 

Watermelon Gazpacho

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup + 1/4 cup deseeded watermelon
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • a few springs of cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp balsamic
  • 1/4 tsp tabasco

 

Put everything except for the 1/4 cup of watermelon in a blender and pulse it a few times till everything is combined. Taste and adjust the flavors. Blend a little more if you like your gazpacho smooth and creamy. To serve pour the soup into a bowl and top it with the 1/4 cup of finely chopped watermelon with a spring of cilantro.

 

 

 

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