Watermelon and cucumber gazpacho is a healthy, sweet and spicy chilled soup… refreshing, flavorful, crunchy, low in calories… and delicious!
Ooh… today’s recipe is for a delicious, cold, sweet, and a bit spicy Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho. I tried this chilled soup for the first time last year, and LOVED it! I truly enjoy the crunch of the vegetables and the sweetness of the watermelon. It’s FRESH & HEALTHY!!!!
I love this quote: “A true friend is like a good book – the inside is even better than the cover”. (author unknown) I am so grateful for the friends God has given me the opportunity to know over the course of my life. I’ve learned many things from each of them, including making this wonderful watermelon gazpacho (with cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, jalapeno, lime juice and mint). Isn’t it gorgeous?
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How I Found This Recipe
I have a beautiful, dearly loved friend named Shari who has taught me many things about cooking. She taught me great food presentation, creating recipes outside the “box”, and being fearless to try new cooking experiments in the kitchen. By far the most important thing she has modeled is how to be a loving, caring, encouraging friend.
I was first served this chilled soup in her home, at a themed dinner party (photo above shows how Shari served it to us that evening)! Can you guess what the theme was? Watermelon.
We Had A “Watermelon-Themed” Dinner
Every single part of the meal had to include watermelon. That’s right…soup, salad, beverages, main courses, (including pasta, I might add), and even the desserts (my contribution) had to include watermelon. I’ve posted one of the desserts on my blog: Tropical Watermelon Sorbet with Lime Semifreddo. Yum.
The dinner was a bit of a challenge, to say the least, but it ended up being a FUN, phenomenal, absolutely DELICIOUS watermelon-themed meal to eat, sitting outside on the deck on a gorgeous, hot summer night! Here’s a peek at the menu and a collage picture of some of the dishes we had, including this watermelon and cucumber gazpacho!
Can you believe all the watermelon-themed food we ate that night? There were 8 of us at the dinner, and we left, completely full of delicious food. I think I might have DREAMED about watermelons for weeks after this evening!
We all contributed dishes or beverages following the theme! One of the courses served and made by our hostess Shari was this Watermelon and Cucumber Gazpacho, originally created for Bon Appétit magazine (August 2005 issue) by chef Cat Cora.
What Is IN Watermelon Cucumber Gazpacho?
This chilled watermelon and cucumber gazpacho is full of yummy, healthy ingredients like watermelon, cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, onion, jalapeno, lime juice and fresh mint… and it is PACKED with flavor! The soup is served chilled, which adds to the deliciousness!
Oh my goodness…this soup was FANTASTIC! Completely HEALTHY, chock full of sweet and slightly spicy ingredients – absolutely PERFECT! My husband and I loved it so much that I got the recipe from my friend, and have made it several times since then! I’ve posted the photos I took, with her permission. Here is a picture with my friend Shari. She’s the “creative brain” behind our fun themed dinners!
This refreshing watermelon and cucumber gazpacho is amazingly simple to make! Honestly- chopping/prepping the veggies is the “hardest” thing about it. I think you will LOVE the results…absolutely refreshing, a bit sweet, crunchy, low in calories… and delicious!
The recipe can be doubled very easily! With warm Spring and hot Summer days ahead, I’m looking forward to making this wonderful chilled soup many times!
Looking For More WATERMELON Recipes?
You can find ALL my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. If you enjoy watermelon, you might also enjoy these recipes for Watermelon, Lime & Mint Agua Fresca, Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad, or Watermelon, Feta and Balsamic Bites. Have a great day!
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Recipe Source: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Watermelon-and-Cucumber-Gazpacho-232543
- 1- 3 pound seedless watermelon (about 5 cups), finely diced
- 1 small cucumber , peeled, seeded, finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium-sized red bell pepper , seeded and finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 medium-sized yellow bell pepper , seeded and finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 small jalapeno chile , seeded and very finely minced
- 3 pale green inner celery stalks , finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/2 of a small red onion , finely diced (about 1 cup)
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint
- 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup creme fraiche , or sour cream (for garnish)
- Place 4 cups of the watermelon in blender or food processor. Puree until it is completely smooth.
- Transfer watermelon puree to a large bowl.
- Add remaining 1 cup of diced watermelon and the next 10 ingredients to the puree; stir to combine.
- Cover the gazpacho and refrigerate for several hours (up to 4 hrs.).
- To Serve: Serve cold. Divide the gazpacho among bowls or margarita glasses and garnish each bowl with a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream. ENJOY!
- *Note: The dice on all the veggies is fairly small.
Be sure and chill this gazpacho very well. It's the best when completely cold!
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