To help you incorporate watermelon into your diet creatively and simply, Chef Rich has created the Watermelon Summer Gazpacho just in time for the heat. He says, “This dish is sweet, herbaceous and refreshing, and of course packed with amazing live nutrients and enzymes. You can also play around with the flavors, herbs and seasonings to personalize this soup to your own tastes. I love it with the fresh ginger added, and some extra mint and basil, but you can try the recipe as is and make it your own.”
2 medium tomatoes, excess water squeezed out, and chopped
½ red bell pepper, seeds and spine removed, and chopped
½ English cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 T. shallot, minced
½ T. fresh ginger, grated or minced (optional)
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 T. lime juice, or to taste
½ tsp. sea salt, or to taste
½ T. Ume plum vinegar (optional)*
2. Let sit in the fridge for at least an hour to chill before serving.
3. I like to blend this gazpacho fairly smooth, and then garnish it with some diced watermelon and finely chopped mint.