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Watermelon Gazpacho

Blend sweet seasonal watermelon with onions, cucumbers and fresh herbs for a savory, refreshing soup...

In this modern version of gazpacho, a traditional cold Spanish soup, watermelon stands in for tomatoes. It’s a sweet and refreshing way to beat the heat. It’s also like eating a bowl-full of antioxidants, since it’s filled with bell pepper, cucumber, onion, garlic and fresh herbs. Add extra vinegar for a slightly tart flavor. An 8-pound watermelon is more than adequate -- in fact, you’ll probably have a little left over. One serving contains 215 percent of your daily vitamin C needs and over half your vitamin A!

Makes about 6 servings (1 2/3 cups each)

Ingredients
10 heaping cups diced watermelon (1/2 to 3/4 inch pieces)
1 1/2 cups finely chopped white onion
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 1/2 cups finely chopped, peeled and seeded cucumber
1 medium yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 heaping cup)
1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 heaping cup)
1/3 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions
1. After dicing and chopping all ingredients, combine everything in a large bowl and toss lightly.

2. Puree about half of the mixture, in batches if necessary, and transfer to another large bowl.

3. Stir remaining diced mixture in puree.

4. Serve immediately at room temperature or chill. Refrigerate in tightly covered container.

Nutrition information (per serving)
150 calories
3 g protein
30 g carbohydrates
3 g fat (0.5 g saturated)
0 mg cholesterol
300 mg sodium
575 mg potassium
48 mg calcium
1.4 mg iron
2815 IU vitamin A
129 mg vitamin C
3 g fiber

 

 


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