Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho
This unique recipe for Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho features a combination of sweet and savory – it makes for a great lunch on a hot summer day!
Summer is the perfect time of the year for fruit! I absolutely love all summer fruits: cherries, peaches, strawberries, watermelon…the list goes on and on. In fact, my lunch in the summertime is often just a mix of various fruits! And of course, I also enjoy using summer fruits in different dishes, too. (Check out these Peach Shortcakes or this Bourbon Sour Cherry Pie!)
One of my favorite ways to use summer fruits is to turn them into a cold soup. I know it might sound strange, but chilled soups make a delicious lunch on a hot summer day…and most chilled soups are pretty healthy, too! I recently made this Cold Carrot Soup with Jalapeno Coconut Milk…and it didn’t last long in our house at all. (I know carrots aren’t a fruit, but this cold carrot soup was still delicious!)
This past week, I happened to find a seedless watermelon on sale at the market, and I decided to make a Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho.
This watermelon gazpacho is a fun and different way to serve summer fruit…and it’s a great appetizer if you are having company over for lunch or dinner! This recipe is particularly easy to adapt to your own tastes as all of the ingredients go into a single container and get blended using an immersion blender.
In fact, nothing in this recipe is ever actually cooked, so it doesn’t take much time at all to make! However, soup (both hot and cold) always tastes better on the second day. I tasted this Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho right after I made it, and it was pretty tasty. But after it sat in the refrigerator overnight, the flavors had a chance to meld and the soup became much tastier!
If you’ve never made a soup using fresh fruit, then the summer is the perfect opportunity to give it a shot. This recipe is easily adaptable, too. All out of chili powder? Leave it out. Like smoky flavors? Add some smoked paprika. It’s all about having fun in the kitchen and trying something new! Be creative!
Chilled Watermelon Gazpacho
- 6 cups chopped watermelon
- 2 green apples diced
- ¼ cup diced onions
- ½ cup diced green bell pepper
- ½ cup diced cucumber
- ¼ cup diced pineapple
- 1 tsp dried basil
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
- 1½ Tbsp honey
- Add all of the ingredients in a large bowl.
- Use an immersion blender to mix until no large pieces remain. (The gazpacho should have a smooth consistency.)
- Chill overnight, and serve cold.
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I was looking on the web for chilled soups and found this recipe..huge thank you for posting! Will let u know how it comes out…
Thank you so much, Jane! Chilled soups are certainly not as popular as the winter version, but I do still find them to be a fun twist for summertime lunches. I also have a chilled carrot soup that is quite delicious! Check it out here: http://spicedblog.com/cold-carrot-soup-with-jalapeno-coconut-milk.html I hope you enjoy them! 🙂
Hi David…..I’m going to make this for a first course at my dinner party. How many people do you suppose the recipe feeds?? Thank you! Pam
Hey Pam! Hmm, that’s a good question. We haven’t made this one recently, and I’m honestly having a hard time remembering how big the batch was once it was done. And of course it would also depend on the size of bowl that you use! I’m thinking you could easily serve 6-8 people. I always like to err on the side of having too much food when we have people over…so I’d probably make a double batch just to be safe. 🙂 (And this would make for good lunches throughout the week, too.)
I do hope you enjoy this gazpacho! It’s full of summer flavors, and it’s not bad for you at all! And now that you’ve reminded me of this one, I might need to make a batch for us again soon. 🙂
Oh perfect. Thank you David. I’ll let you know how it turns out. It’s beautiful to look at too!!!! Pam
Excellent! Thanks, Pam. This one is super fun for a summer dinner party. 🙂 Cheers!!
I made the gazpacho and it was a bit hit!! This recipe served 6 people a medium sized bowl each for a first course. I will make it again this weekend for more company. Thank you!!
You are the best, Pam! Thank you so much for dropping back by to let me know how the gazpacho turned out. I’m so glad everyone enjoyed it!! And I just picked up the ingredients to make a batch ourselves later this week. 🙂