Summer is my favorite season EVER! I love the warm weather, the sunshine (which has annoyingly been missing the past week and a half in my neck of the woods 😦 ), the cute clothes (shorts, tanks, dresses and flip-flops…YES!) and the food. I love all the fresh, yummy produce that summer brings like berries, watermelon and apricots. Summer is usually the season when I eat the healthiest, because my daily diet is packed with fresh fruits and veggies (fruits mostly…I have a huge sweet tooth 😉 ). I love incorporating all this yumminess into the recipes I make. So without further ado, I introduce you to…gazpacho!
It’s a cold soup usually with a tomato base that’s perfect for hot summer days. It’s the perfect side to a veggie burger, pasta or a big salad. Since I’m not a huge fan of tomatoes, I’ve been on the lookout for a gazpacho that didn’t have them. I searched the Whole Foods website (love that store and their recipes) and found lots of gazpacho recipes but one caught my attention: strawberry melon gazpacho. I LOVE strawberries and melons, and I thought it sounded really yummy.
Into the food processor went 2 cups cubed watermelon (make sure to take out the black seeds first!), 1 pound strawberries, 1/4 of a large cucumber (peeled and chopped) and some lime juice. Then I pureed it until it was smooth with some chunks.
I served mine with some grilled mahi mahi topped with a strawberry pico de gallo (recipe to come!)
Q: Have you tried gazpacho?