Category: Soups & Salads | Blog URL: http://www.eating-sf.com/2009/07/part-ii-summer-goodies-dinner-first.html
This recipe was entered in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook contest, a compilation of the world’s best food blogs which was published in Fall 2010.
Photo: Kasey Fleisher Hickey
I have been waiting patiently, very patiently, to tell you about this chilled watermelon soup that left me ooo'ing and ahh'ing. I know we started with dessert, but this (hopefully) will get you equally excited. Despite foggy, cold and quite frankly, icky, weather we've been having, I've been craving some serious summer produce. And nothing says summer like watermelon. I don't know about you, but I could eat a small watermelon all by myself. I will methodically eat every last bit or juicy red flesh.
I've always associated watermelon with dessert and picnics, so was quite intrigued to find a recipe for a chilled watermelon soup with a kick of jalapeno and lime. The combination seemed a bit odd, but I wasn't turned off. I envisioned the taste of a sweet tomato gazpacho--my favorite chilled soup--and thought to myself, "why not?"
This watermelon soup came together not unlike a fruit smoothie. Mix everything together and throw it all into a blender. Refrigerate. Boom. Done. It's the perfect starter to a fresh summery meal--preferably oriented around a fish main (and that crunchy/creamy/juicy dessert we featured on Monday). The best way that I could describe this soup is to say that it's very much like a bowl of more traditional tomato/cucumber gazpacho. The watermelon pairs perfectly with the spicy kick of the jalapeno and the tartness of the lime. The mint and green onion provide a refreshing finish and any additional garnishes are welcome is small or large amounts. The bottom line with this soup is that you just can't go wrong.