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Summer Watermelon Gazpacho

This chilled soup is the epitome of summer in a bowl, bursting with the flavors of juicy watermelon, crisp cucumber, bell pepper, basil, and tomatoes. But this delightful dish is not just about its delicious taste; it’s also a powerhouse of health benefits. Watermelon, the star of this gazpacho, is not only a quintessential summer fruit but also a hydrating powerhouse. With its high water content, watermelon helps to keep you hydrated during hot summer days, while providing a dose of essential vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin C. With each spoonful of watermelon gazpacho, you’ll not only savor the essence of summer but also nourish your body with a wealth of health benefits. From the hydrating properties of watermelon and cucumber to the immune-boosting vitamins in tomatoes and bell peppers, this chilled soup is a delightful way to stay refreshed and energized during the summer months.

Serves 6

Ingredients

4 heaping cups cubed seedless watermelon (this is about a quarter to a half of a full sized watermelon)
1 English cucumber, diced, reserve half
2 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 T red wine vinegar
3 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
2 teaspoons flaky sea salt, or to taste
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 jalapeño pepper, optional
diced avocado for garnish
micro greens for garnish

Directions

  1. Set aside the reserved half of the chopped cucumber, tomatoes, red pepper and green onions and place the remaining half in a blender. I recommend starting with 2 cups of the chopped mixture so the blender isn’t overfilled.
  2. Add the watermelon, garlic, basil, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and jalapeño pepper, if using. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Pour into a large bowl and stir in the reserved chopped vegetables.
  4. Chill for 3 to 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil and garnish with diced avocado and/or micro greens!

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