Monday, May 5, 2008

Watermelon Gazpacho

I cheated a bit on this month's MBP. I went out searching for a specific recipe - a chilled watermelon soup - and searched lots and lots of blogs. The watermelons have really been calling out to me and the Chennai heat (100 deg F), the past few days has me making anything that'll cool me down!


I found this recipe at Married with Dinner and it looked fabulous. I tried it out, and made some changes, and have been having a bowl of it for breakfast, lunch and dinner! It's amazing! You can access the original recipe HERE. I made a few changes, and here's my version:



Watermelon Gazpacho
(adapted from Married...with Dinner)

1 6-pound watermelon, red-fleshed, seeded and cut into chunks
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp or more hot sauce (I used Sriracha)
1/2 medium red onion, chopped
2/3 cup tomato juice (I blanched 2 medium tomatoes, removed the skins and pureed)
1/4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp kosher salt
fresh-ground black pepper

Garnish:
your best olive oil, for drizzling
chopped olives
feta cheese, crumbled

Blend together all the ingredients for the soup. Strain and blend again.
Cover and refrigerate for atleast an hour.
Serve drizzled with olive oil and/or any of the garnishes.

I have mine with just some extra pepper, because I was trying to make it super healthy and wanted to cut down on the calories from the olives and cheese. My husband, though, loved the combination of the olives with the watermelon.

All in all, this is going to be a permanent feature in our refrigerator all summer.



This goes out to dear Raaga of The Singing Chef, this month's host of MBP, where the theme is Soups and Salads. MBP was originally started by Coffee of The Spice Cafe.

28 comments:

bhags said...

The soup loos divine i must say....well gazpacho seems a little difficult to remember....but the colour of it is inviting

Arundathi said...

Thanks Bhags - Gazpacho is just Spanish for cold soup, i think. was just trying to recreate the original! :)

Lavi said...

Anu..What a Great Idea,,the colour is so inviting and all the ingredients are really coolers..

Nice Photograph's!!!

Nandita said...

Romba super a irukku! Nothing like fruit in a soup :)

Arundathi said...

Thanks Lavi - yup, it really cools you down.

nandita - nanri nanri - haven't had fruit in soup before this one - now i'm hooked!

Jennifer Harvey said...

How delicious. I have to wait until next summer here to try it,but I agree, it would be wonderful in the heat.

sowmya said...

watermelon soup???thats a lovely entry...looks delicious.

bee said...

j has planted so watermelon saplings. will make this if we get fruit.

Arundathi said...

thanks jennifer - its definitely a summertime soup!

sowmya - thanks - i loved your spicy buttermilk - very nice!

bee - good luck with the fruit - or i'm sure you'll be able to get watermelons in the market in a month or so - guess its still too cold there!

jj said...

Looks wonderful, great way to use watermelon, thanks!

Sagari said...

beautiful entry arundathi ,making soup with water melon is a great idea

ranji said...

ohhh i love this.....watermelon are so refreshing and cooling especially on ahot summer day.....

Cham said...

The colour is very inviting, better for hot days

ANJALI J. said...

AHH, SUCH A RFRESHING DRINK.. IT LOOKS SO INVITING.. WE ALL NEED IT THIS SUMMER :)

kamala said...

Love the color of the soup Arundathi.Never tried before.I have bookmarked

Uma said...

wonderful soup! looks so colorful and refreshing.

Arundathi said...

Thanks everyone - hope you'll try it - its really delicious and great for the summer. i've made my second batch already - now thats twice in 3 days!

Medhaa said...

wow this is new to me never had a fruit in a soup. Love the color it is so tempting.

Trupti said...

hey arundathi, soup looks delicious..nice color..this recipe is new to me..thanks for sharing

Arundathi said...

Medhaa - I'd never had fruit in soup either - but with watermelon, i guess you can't go wrong! :)

Trupti - Thanks!

Srivalli said...

this looks so yummy!

Arundathi said...

thanks valli :)

Swati: Sugarcraft India said...

Apt soup for the summers ...lovely red color!!

Arundathi said...

thanks swati! yes its definitely great for the summer.

Ranjani said...

I love variations on gaspachos!
Looking good:)

Arundathi said...

Thanks!

Chef JP said...

Excellent job on this recipe!

Arundathi said...

thanks!