Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

In the past few weeks, I’ve gone from hot Austin, to hot New York, to hot Chicago. I’m currently sitting in my parent’s kitchen in the west suburbs where the breezes have nicely cooled off, but not before I could make this watermelon gazpacho at least a few times. I can’t think of anything as refreshing and hydrating as watermelon so this soup has really hit the spot during these hot summer days. Note that this recipe makes a pretty big batch – I love to keep it in the fridge for quick lunches all week.

Watermelon Gazpacho Watermelon Gazpacho

I always thought watermelon gazpacho seemed like an odd concept, but here’s the thing – when everything is mixed together, this doesn’t actually taste like watermelon. The tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, scallions and herbs make this a savory soup while the watermelon brings a subtle sweetness that nicely balances these flavors. I also snuck in a half of a jalapeño for some spice, but you leave that out if you’re not into spicy things.

Watermelon Gazpacho Watermelon Gazpacho

I usually like my gazpacho really creamy, but this summer I’m just going crazy for this super light version with tons of chopped vegetables mixed in. And like most soups – this one gets better the next day, and even better the day after. It’s also great with a little chopped avocado on top.

Watermelon Gazpacho

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Watermelon Gazpacho
 
Serves: serves 6
Ingredients
  • 4 heaping cups cubed seedless watermelon
  • 1 English cucumber, diced, reserve half
  • 3 medium tomatoes, diced, reserve half
  • 1 small red bell pepper, diced, reserve half
  • ⅓ cup chopped green onions, diced, reserve half
  • 1 garlic clove
  • small handful basil
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ jalapeño pepper, optional\
  • diced avocado, optional
  • micro greens, optional for garnish
Instructions
  1. Set aside the reserved half of the chopped cucumber, tomatoes, red pepper and green onions and place the remaining half in a blender. Add the watermelon, garlic, basil, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and jalapeño pepper, if using. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. Pour into a large bowl (or small individual jars, as pictured) and stir in the reserved chopped vegetables.
  3. Chill for 3 to 4 hours or overnight. Serve with drizzled olive oil.
  4. Optional: garnish with diced avocado and/or micro greens before serving.

 


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23 comments

  1. Thank you so much for this recipe – needed it real bad:-)

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  3. Jan Heaton from janheaton.com on said:

    Saw your post this morning….immediately headed to Whole Foods for my missing ingredients. It makes a big batch…about four quarts, but I think it will be gone quickly. I added a whole jalapeño and it is divine. I would definitely make this again. Thank you!

  4. Krysten from momnoms.net on said:

    This looks so fantastic!
    I never thought about doing a watermelon gazpacho!
    I have a pregnant friend that is craving everything with watermelons right now and we are having her shower this weekend in 105 degree weather, outside.
    I’m making her this!

    • Ha, it sounds perfect, I hope you all enjoy!

  5. Jenn from jennstravelogueblog.blogspot.com on said:

    When does the watermelon get added? I’m midstream into the prep… :)

    • Into the blender with the tomatoes and other things — oops! Fixing that now…

  6. Caroline on said:

    I made this today and loved it! I’ll admit I didn’t follow the recipe proportions exactly, and added a little bit of cilantro (mostly stalks) because I had some left over. Mine ended up on the sweeter side (it was a sweet watermelon, but maybe I was too light handed with the salt?) but it was DELICIOUS nonetheless. Jalapeno is a must in my opinion. Thank you for sharing!

  7. What a wonderful and beautiful mix of ingredients! And a great way to use extra watermelon!

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  11. Rhonda on said:

    Made this yesterday – delish!!!

  12. Mary Beth on said:

    We made it for dinner last night. It was tasty and refreshing. Thank you.

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  14. This soup looks so easy! I love ordering gazpacho, but have never made it myself. Yum!

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  16. Ashley M on said:

    Absolutely incredible. Perfect combination of summer flavors! I also made some croutons from a day old pain au levain and they were a delicious addition. Will definitely be making this again (probably this week!)

  17. Strategic from strategic-insurance.com on said:

    What a wonderful idea! I would never have thought of a watermelon gazpacho. Can’t wait to try this.

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  19. Rhianon from bubbies.com on said:

    Hi, this is a great recipe! Thanks so much for sharing. I really love soups of all kinds, but I often have trouble finding new and different recipes like this one. I can’t wait to try it! One soup recipe I found recently that I really enjoyed was Creamy Dill Soup: http://bubbies.com/kitchen#Creamy-Dill-Soup. It’s delicious and not something I would have thought to have done!

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