Sunday, August 19, 2007

Watermelon Gazpacho Soup

Check it out: watermelon and corn! Of all the plants we've grown this year, I'm clearly most excited about their success. To celebrate, then: watermelon gazpacho. It's almost the end of summer--what could be better? The only foodstuffs I couldn't find locally were the citrus.

2 cups 1/4-inch-diced watermelon
2 cups orange juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 (seedless if you can find it) cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, basil or cilantro
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Process 1/2 cup of watermelon, along with the orange juice and oil, in a blender or food processor until pureed. Transfer to a medium bowl, along with remaining ingredients. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (Can be made several hours before serving.)