Watermelon Gazpacho

This recipe may be a little out of season, but it’s something I’ve been experimenting with. The watermelon in the soup adds an interesting sweetness and a beautiful color.

Many grocery stores sell pre-cut watermelon, which makes this recipe super easy, and you don’t need to worry about what to do with a whole watermelon. But if you do buy a whole watermelon and you have leftover pieces that you just can’t finish, put them in the freezer. I’ll post a recipe for a drink called the Fresh Prince that uses watermelon and gin once I get the amounts figured out.

4C Watermelon pieces
1 1/4 C* Fresh salsa (I like using a roasted tomato salsa)
1/2 Lime, juiced
1/4 C Cilantro
1/2 C Croutons

Place watermelon, 3/4C of the salsa, cilantro and lime juice in a blender and puree. Taste and see if you want more salsa-add more if needed and puree. Season to taste with salt. Chill before serving. Garnish with croutons.

Serves 4

* the amount of salsa is variable depending on the flavor of the salsa, and how spicy or sweet you like your gazpacho. Some people like a more tomatoey soup and other really like the sweetness of the watermelon to be the focus. So be creative and play around a bit with amount of salsa.

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