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WATERMELON GAZPACHO

Yields1 Serving

For a sweet and savory soup, try this no-cook chilled cucumber and watermelon soup. For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has used watermelon to cool sunburns, reduce fevers, promote urination, rehydrate the body’s fluids, and clear toxins. Cucumbers perform similar functions.

 8 cups of seedless watermelon, diced
 ½ red bell pepper, finely diced
 1 medium cucumber, peeled and seeded and finely diced.
 ¼ cup of chopped flat-leafed parsley
 3 Tablespoons of red-wine vinegar
 ¼ cup of chopped fresh basil
 2-3 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
 3/4 teaspoon salt
 ¼ jalapeno pepper
1

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Using a hand blender, puree 3 cups of the mix, transferring to another bowl.

2

Puree 3 more cups and add to pureed mixture.

3

Stir in 3 cups of the remaining mixture.

4

Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature.

5

Makes 6 servings.