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Southern Summer Gazpacho

June 29, 2011
Author Notes

The flavors of summer in the South - watermelon and fresh mint - are used in a traditional Spanish preparation for the ultimate cold summer soup. —TheRunawaySpoon

  • Serves 6 - 8
Ingredients
  • 7 cups seedless watermelon cubes (about a 4 pound melon)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup slivered blanced almonds
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. In a blender, place the mint leaves topped by the watermelon chunks and puree. This may need to be done in batches. Strain the watermelon puree through a wire mesh strainer into a pitcher or large bowl, scraping on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible and to remove any stray seeds.
  2. Puree almonds, garlic, red wine vinegar and salt. Tear the bread into small chunks and place in blender and add about 1 cup of watermelon puree. Puree until smooth, adding olive oil in a slow steady stream and some additional watermelon puree (as much as the blender will hold). Pour this gazpacho mixture into the remaining watermelon puree and stir until thoroughly blended. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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