Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho is a delicious, refreshing appetizer or a light dinner – perfect for those sizzling summer nights. I try to use my oven as little as possible during Toronto’s stifling summers, it  reduces my carbon footprint and my utility bill.  This has led me to experiment with lots of fresh meals like this watermelon gazpacho. This watermelon gazpacho is so quick and easy. Just grab your ingredients and blend them together – no cooking required!

Watermelon Gazpacho by @JesseLWellness #glutenfree

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Thirst quenching watermelon is packed with powerful antioxidants like vitamin C, which boots your immune system, and vitamin A, which is good for your eyes. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals in your body, preventing them from causing inflammation, cholesterol build up in your arteries and cancer. Juicy watermelon is also high in B vitamins, such as B6 and B1, which boost energy levels.

Watermelon by @JesseLWellness #watermelon

How To Choose a Watermelon?

You want to look for one that is heavy for its size and has a nice and smooth rind. You also want to look for a section this is more yellow in color than the rest of the watermelon. This section is the part of the watermelon that was sitting on the ground while it grew, and if it is not present then the watermelon was picked too early and it won’t be a juicy and delicious.

Watermelon Gazpacho by @JesseLWellness #gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

(vegetarian, gluten free)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Inactive prep time: 10 minutes

Serving size: 4 appetizers or a meal for 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 jalapeño pepper (2 heaping Tbsp), seeded and roughly diced
  • 1/8 red onion (1/2 cup), roughly diced
  • 3 Tbsp mint (20 leaves)
  • 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups watermelon, diced
  • 1/2 seedless cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice (1/4 lime)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta *optional

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, mince jalapeno pepper, red onion and mint.
  2. Add tomato, 1 cup watermelon cut into rough cubes, cucumber and puree until smooth.
  3. Add lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and pulse until mixed.
  4. Place in the fridge and chill for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, dice remaining watermelon into 1cm cubes. Pour the watermelon gazpacho into individual bowls and garnish with cubed watermelon, crumbled feta and a sprig of mint.
What do you like to eat on those sizzling summer nights when it is too hot to cook? Share your answer in the comments section.

Watermelon Gazpacho by @JesseLWellness #watermelon

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Watermelon Gazpacho is a delicious, refreshing appetizer or a light dinner - perfect for those sizzling summer nights.
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Recipe type: Soups Sides
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (2 heaping Tbsp), seeded and roughly diced
  • ⅛ red onion (1/2 cup), roughly diced
  • 3 Tbsp mint (20 leaves)
  • 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups watermelon, diced
  • ½ seedless cucumber, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp lime juice (1/4 lime)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta *optional
Directions
  1. In a food processor, mince jalapeno pepper, red onion and mint.
  2. Add tomato, 1 cup watermelon cut into rough cubes, cucumber and puree until smooth.
  3. Add lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and pulse until mixed.
  4. Place in the fridge and chill for 10 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, dice remaining watermelon into 1cm cubes. Pour the watermelon gazpacho into individual bowls and garnish with cubed watermelon, crumbled feta and a sprig of mint.

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