This is a go-to recipe in the summer months when the produce is at it's peak. The watermelon gives the soup the liquid it needs without making it too heavy and adding just a hint of natural sweetness, which in reality brings out the rest of the flavors. I’ve made gazpacho without it before, and to be honest, if I don’t have any watermelon on hand, I don’t make gazpacho.
As far as the jalapeno goes, I throw the entire thing in, seeds and all. If you don’t want it as spicy, core your jalapeno. Most of the heat is in the seeds and veins. And DO NOT PUT IT ALL IN THE FOOD PROCESSOR AT ONCE. You’ll end up with juice. Chop them in batches so you’ll have better control over the consistency of the recipe. The yogurt and feta add a nice little tang, and help cut the heat if you made it too spicy!
You can adjust any of the above quantities to your tastes. When I make this, I tend to double this recipe because it never goes to waste. —Josh Gannam
Large English Cucumber
chopped fresh parsley
red wine vinegar (or more to taste)
Salt & Pepper, to taste
Crumbled Feta Cheese, for topping
Greek Yogurt, for topping
In This Recipe
Chop red onion, bell pepper and cucumber in food processor, one at a time, placing in a large bowl.
Pulse garlic and jalapeno together, stopping to scrap down sides of food processor.
Add tomatoes to garlic/jalapeno mixture in processor and puree to desired consistency and pour into bowl with other chopped vegetables
Puree watermelon until almost completely liquid.
Combine watermelon and all other ingredients( except toppings) with chopped vegetables and chill until cold, allowing flavors to mix.
To serve, ladle into bowls and top with a dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese.