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Eat Well Aug. 6. 2013
Soups

Watermelon Gazpacho

Aug. 6. 2013
Soups
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Gazpacho, okay another word that I have some fun saying (like galette or ghanoush). This gazpacho is a summer twist on traditional gazpacho, the main ingredient is sweet watermelon instead of tomatoes. I love using watermelon any possible way I can in the summer and this recipe showcases watermelon in a savory way; it’s a combination of traditional ingredients in gazpacho mixed with watermelon resulting in a sweet yet spicy soup. Also this recipe comes in perfect timing as Saturday August 3rd was National Watermelon Day! If you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I was having fun posting many pictures and comments about the wonders of watermelon.

What is gazpacho? Gazpacho is a tomato based soup, served cold. The ingredients used vary from culture to culture, with tomato as the main ingredient followed by onions, cucumber, garlic, herbs, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Other additions you may see around the world include seafood, meat, vegetable stock, bread, grapes, avocados, etc. Not only can the ingredients in gazpacho vary, but the ending texture as well depending on whether the dish was pureed using a blender or traditionally mashed with a mortar and pestle. I chose to use my Vitamix to create a smooth texture.

 

I know what you may be thinking, cold soup? Yeah, I was thinking the same thing as well when I first heard of gazpacho. To be honest, for years I didn’t enjoy gazpacho and oddly enough I love cold tomatoes, cool cucumbers, and every ingredient that typically makes up this dish; but the phrase ‘cold soup’ left me feeling ehhh. That was until I came across the concept of adding in watermelon to a traditional tomato based gazpacho. This is a great recipe to “dip your toe” into the world of gazpacho (unintentional rhyming). It’s very light, refreshing, easy to digest, sweet, spicy, and zesty all in the same bite. All perfect characteristics for a summer soup (especially because this makes plenty to share!).

Serve with |

  • diced red onions
  • cool avocado slices
  • thinly sliced cucumbers
  • herbs// cilantro, mint, parsley
  • cubed watermelon
  • thinly sliced jalepeno peppers
  • toast (gluten free for me!)
  • crackers (this is my favorite brand)
  • and much more!

 

Watermelon Gazpacho
Recipe Type: soup
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 10
A refreshing spin on traditional gazpacho made with watermelon, tomatoes, and summer ingredients. Raw VGN GF Paleo
Ingredients
  • 8-10 cups watermelon, fresh (after blending)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced (reserve 1/4 cup for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, fresh
  • 1/2 cup mint, fresh
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • 1 juice of lime
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
  • sea salt (to taste)
Instructions
  1. Reserve a small portion of the diced cucumber, tomato, red onion, and cilantro for a garnish.
  2. Simply add all ingredients into your Vitamix or food processor/blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately or keep chilled in refrigerator.
  4. Enjoy!
Serving size: 1/8 Calories: 80 Fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 18 (net 1) Sugar: 12 Fiber: 1 Protein: 1

For more information about the nutrition of WATERMELON click here.

Have you tried gazpacho? What were your first impressions and thoughts of the dish? Share below, I love hearing about your experiences with foods!

Be well!

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 10

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Ingredients:

  • 8-10 cups watermelon, fresh (after blending)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced (reserve 1/4 cup for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, fresh
  • 1/2 cup mint, fresh
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • 1 juice of lime
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
  • sea salt (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Reserve a small portion of the diced cucumber, tomato, red onion, and cilantro for a garnish.
  2. Simply add all ingredients into your Vitamix or food processor/blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately or keep chilled in refrigerator.
  4. Enjoy!

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  • Interesting combo! Gazpacho is one of those dishes I want to love (especially since it’s so easy to find a vegan version at restaurants right now) but I just don’t. Not going to keep me from trying though! I love cold watermelon, maybe this will be the winner! 🙂

  • Patti

    Omg! This is seriously the best website ever!! I love the feature where you can save and print the recipes! Thank you! 🙂

    • Thank you for your feedback and support, very glad you like the new recipe feature! Come back soon! 🙂

  • Mmm looks so refreshing! Sweet, spicy & savory?! Definitely need to try!

  • This looks so refreshing and easy!

  • Maggie Mahoney

    I am making this for a Spanish culture day at my high school because I didn’t want the spiciness of regular gazpacho to turn people off. Decided to put it in small clear disposable cups to show off the beauty of this recipe. Love! Thanks a ton!

    • That’s so awesome Maggie! If you have social media, I’d love to see this shared! xx mh

  • Beautiful blog! This recipe looks so wonderful!!!

  • I’m going to make the watermelon gazpacho . Do I blend the watermelon first to get the 8-10 cups of juice and then add it to the remaining ingredients? Sorry , I was just a little confused and I am making this for someone and I want it to turn out just right. It sounds delicious! Thank u.

    • Great question, this is a one “pot” soup, so you literally blend everything together including the whole watermelon!

  • Larry

    I’ve *always* loved gazpacho & it’s a summertime standard in our home. Your twist looks very interesting and I eagerly await the arrival of Summer in the Southern Hemisphere so that I can make it. Thank you.

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