Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

You can tell it’s hot here because this is the second chilled soup I’ve posted in a row.  Refreshing is the name of the game in my kitchen this week! The combination of red ripe tomato and crisp watermelon in my Watermelon Gazpacho is unexpected and wonderful.  The flavor is nicely balanced between sweet and savory – and depending on what color tomato and what type of watermelon you use, the color falls somewhere on the spectrum of an appetizing shade of peachy pink.  Serve it ice cold.

yellow watermelon

I found the yellow watermelon at the farmers market on Sunday.  I won’t pull your leg, it tastes exactly the same as regular watermelon, but I’m always in favor of supporting genetic diversity in the food chain ;) and colorful food is fun!  If you haven’t come across any of the yellow variety, use a regular one.  Seedless will be a little easier to work with, but frankly I find seedless watermelons to have less flavor.

Making Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

The formula is easy, equal parts tomato to watermelon, so you can make this in any size batch you want.  I kept mine very simple, with just a squeeze of lime and some salt, but this could easily be the base for a more traditional gazpacho with minced red onion, cukes, and peppers.

Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

I like to serve it with cubes of frozen watermelon for texture and they help to keep it icy cold on a hot night.  A little garnish of mint or basil is really all it needs.

Refreshing Watermelon and Tomato Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Yield: serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 2 medium red ripe tomatoes
  • about 1/2 small yellow watermelon
  • juice of 1 lime (2 if your lime is not very juicy)
  • dash salt
    garnish
  • mint leaves
  • cubes of frozen watermelon

Instructions

  1. Wash and give the tomatoes a rough chop. Add them to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade.
  2. Remove seeds from the watermelon and give it a rough chop. Add it to the processor. Pulse the machine on and off until the tomatoes and watermelon have been pureed. Scrape down the sides of the machine if needed.
  3. Pour the mixture into a bowl. Add the lime juice and salt to taste. Refrigerate until very cold.
  4. To serve, pour soup into small glasses and top with cubes of frozen watermelon and fresh mint leaves.
  5. To freeze watermelon, cut in small, regular cubes and set out on a parchment lines baking tray. Set the whole tray in the freezer and freeze until solid. you can transfer the cubes to a zip lock baggie after they have frozen for storage.
http://theviewfromgreatisland.com/watermelon-gazpacho/

make it your own

  • Spice it up by blending a rough chopped jalapeno in with the tomato and watermelon.  Garnish with sliced jalapeno.
  • Use colorful heirloom tomatoes.
  • Add finely minced red onion, bell peppers, and cucumber for a more traditional gazpacho.  Season with a dash of red vinegar and good fruity olive oil.

Healthy and refreshing chilled Watermelon Gazpacho

This is minimalist summer eating at its best.  Low carb, gluten free, vegan, low calorie, and delicious!

How to cut a watermelon in cubes

For instructions on how to cut a watermelon in cubes, see this post.

 

17 Comments

  • Reply
    Ryan Percarpio
    June 28, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Try just watermelon, salt, and lime. One of the most amazing combos I have seen so far. Great recipe!

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      Sue
      June 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      I will try that thanks!

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    Laura
    June 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    A restaurant near me used to offer watermelon gazpacho on its menu. They, however, used cilantro in the mix—and I loved it. Since they stopped serving this dish, I’ve been on the lookout for a recipe, and yours is a great start. If I were to add fresh cilantro to it, how much would you recommend using? Also, what is the yield of your recipe as presented?

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      Sue
      June 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Laura — this recipe serves 4-6, depending on the size of your portions. As for the cilantro, I would go by your taste, but start with maybe 1/3 cup loosely packed leaves? It sounds like it would be wonderful :)

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    Chris Scheuer
    August 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    So… pretty! I just love that yellow watermelon and also the simplicity of this gazpacho. So perfect for these sultry Southern days!

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    Toni | BoulderLocavore
    July 30, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    I am one for novel vegetables and fruit and believe that quality goes a long way to getting kids interested in food. When I first discovered yellow watermelon from one of the farms in our local Farmer’s Market I’d buy it weekly and put it in my eldest’s lunch. Not only did it attract the attention of her tablemates but I started getting phone calls and emails from Moms having to know where I got it as their kids were demanding the same! I can’t comment on the taste differential, but that lemony color gets a lot of attention. A perfect addition to your gazpacho which is gorgeous as always!

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    Susan
    July 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    I love the red and yellow watermelon together! Another refreshing and delicious idea for summer, Sue!

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    Vineetha @ Mint and Mimosas
    July 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I just had some gazpacho last week…it truly is the perfect thing to have for lunch on a HOT summer day. I love the idea of a watermelon version, this sounds delicious and absolutely refreshing!

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    John@Kitchen+Riffs
    July 29, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Yup, chilled soups and big salads are our typical meals at this time of the year. Love your watermelon gazpacho! And I have loads of watermelon on hand. Hmmm . . . :-) Thanks for this!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    July 29, 2015 at 4:09 am

    It’s hot here too, Sue (finally :) and this looks so perfectly refreshing right now. Love it!

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    Abbe+@+This+is+How+I+Cook
    July 28, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Isn’t that funny, but I always like to buy the not so ordinary variety, too? This gazpacho sounds wonderful, Sue and I bet it was so refreshing!

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    Felicia@Ingredient1
    July 28, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Wow, that yellow watermelon is so beautiful! We’re all about local and diverse fruits and veggies, and love seeing what’s fresh at the local farmers markets. What other produce do you like using for chilled soups and gazpachos?

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    Angie@Angie's+Recipes
    July 28, 2015 at 11:13 am

    A very delicious cold soup!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    July 28, 2015 at 10:57 am

    The forecast is triple digits for the next 5 days, so I need a vat of this gazpacho! :)

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    Linda@There and Back AgainFood
    July 28, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I love traditional gazpacho, but I also love watermelon. So it looks like I’ll have to give the one a try!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    July 28, 2015 at 6:06 am

    This is a lovely cold soup. We picked up an orange watermelon at the farm where I’ve been picking berries and corn. I love the color and it does taste very much like a regular watermelon. I never thought to try it with tomatoes – I am so curious and can’t wait to smell and taste this combination. So pretty! Frozen chunks of watermelon is brilliant!

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      Sue
      July 28, 2015 at 7:17 am

      Thanks Tricia – I’m not sure I’ve come across an orange watermelon, I’ll keep an eye out!

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