An Element of Surprise with Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

Today Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho, a cold soup recipe, is packed with not only fresh vegetables, but fresh fruit and watermelon, and perfect for summer entertaining!

Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

I’m happy to share a delicous summertime treat that makes entertaining so easy, especially if you want a quick, healthy appetizer, or you have been delegated the “soup” portion of a dinner party.

Welcome Maria!

Let me introduce to you my friend, Maria, who moved here to the Rogue Valley last year, because they were looking for somewhere a little cooler and greener than Mesa, AZ! My hometown, Medford, was where they landed!

Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

I love Maria’s story, how after she got married, and moved to Argentina in 1977, she found herself entertaining quite a bit, primarily larger groups such as ex-pats and diplomats.

Start with a color.

Maria says to make it beautiful you need to create a theme, something as simple as a color. She also relishes having an element of surprise that can change up a dish in a slightly different way. And she’s a party favor girl. For seasonal and special occasions, she likes to present her guests with something from the party to take home with them.

For a recent party, she made her Watermelon Gazpacho recipe ahead of time, arranging martini glasses on a tray as a centerpiece, and when the guests arrived, they all thought they were having martinis.

Element of surprise.

What a beautiful tray! Are we having martinis? This was her element of surprise.

Maria was always a foodie, with an Italian mother who was an excellent cook and an inspiration to her, as well as her daughter, Tricia, who at an early age exhibited a special talent and passion for cooking.

Her own daughter gave Maria a run for her money!

I feel the same way about my daughter, Abby. Watch out … she’s a talented girl in the kitchen. :)

I’m happy Maria could be here on RE today to share this summer delight!

What’s your fresh spin on gazpacho that makes it different than a traditional recipe?

Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 ½ cups seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or more, to taste
  • 1 to 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup ripe tomato, cubed into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 cup peeled or unpeeled seedless cucumber, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ½ cup (total) sweet yellow, red and orange pepper, cubed into ½ inch pieces (makes great color)
  • 3 tablespoons minced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro or parsley
  • Pinch sugar
  • Mint leaves
  • ½ cup watermelon ½ inch cubed
  • ½ cup pineapple ½ inch cubed
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • Set aside cubed watermelon
  • Set aside cubed pineapple

Directions:

  1. Purée 3 cups watermelon and transfer to a large, nonmetallic bowl. Add lime zest, lime juice, salt, garlic, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, red onion, vinegar, oil, and fresh herbs of choice. Add sugar and mix well by hand.
  2. Chill before serving (at least 1 hour).
  3. For a festive arrangement, fill martini glasses with the gazpacho, then add cubed watermelon, pineapple and raspberries. Garnish with mint leaves.

   

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One Response to “An Element of Surprise with Maria’s Watermelon Gazpacho”

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — July 20, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

    Wow is about all I can say. I am blown away by the table and how the soup was served. You don’t see cold soup often. And yet it is sooo perfect for summer. In this case so totally elegant. If I was a guest with this presentation, I would be thrilled.

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