This recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho comes from the book Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life by Louisa Shafia. This is a fantastic soup: healthy, delicious, and absolutely perfect for a hot summer day.

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Plus it couldn’t be easier to make, as your blender does most of the work. My husband and I loved this so much that we devoured the entire batch without even pausing to offer any to our children.

Louisa says this is one of the signature dishes of her catering company (which is also called Lucid Food). She serves it to guests in shot glasses, occasionally topped off with a little vodka(!)…might be a fun idea for the 4th of July, don’t you think?

You can make this Watermelon Gazpacho a day ahead, if you like…if you don’t, make sure to chill it for at least an hour before serving.

Recipe for Watermelon Gazpacho

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

*6 cups coursely chopped seeded (or seedless) watermelon
*5 ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered
*1 rounded tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
*1 clove garlic, smashed
*1/2 cup whole toasted almonds
*3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
*1 teaspoon chipotle sauce
*sea salt
*1/2 sweet white or red onion, finely diced
*1 cucumber, seeded and diced

Directions:

1. Blend 2 cups of watermelon in a blender until liquid. Add the rest of the watermelon, the tomatoes, paprika, garlic, almonds, balsamic vinegar, and chipotle sauce and blend until smooth. Taste and season with salt. Chill for at least 1 hour.

2. Spoon into serving bowls and garnish with the onion and cucumber dice.

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17 Comments

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    Cook with Madin — July 2, 2010 @ 7:42 pm

    Lovely, lovely. This is great during this time of the year. Made me laughed, that you devoured without pausing and offer some to the children. I’m sure it’s really great, just by looking at it.

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    Monet — July 2, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

    I have only recently heard of watermelon gazpacho, and your recipe is only giving me more inspiration to give this a try. I can only imagine how refreshing this would be on a hot summer day. And such a beautiful hue!

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    Ari — July 3, 2010 @ 5:30 am

    Yum, thanks for the recipe!

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    Cookin' Canuck — July 3, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    I was just served a version of watermelon gazpacho a couple of days ago and found it so refreshing. I would love to try this version.

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    Cookin' Canuck — July 3, 2010 @ 10:19 am

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    Kathryn — July 3, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    I have a whole watermelon in the refrigerator and lots of tomatoes plus all the other ingredients to make this. It is rare for me to read a recipe and actually be able to make something without going to the store. I may just try this.

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    Kasie — July 3, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    I love gazpacho. The watermelon adds a refreshing twist.

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    Memoria — July 3, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    I’m not a fan of watermelon, but I just had to comment on how lovely and inviting your photo is. Great presentation.

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    Aubree Cherie — July 5, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    Huh, I never would have thought to use watermelon as a base for gazpacho. Seems like an amazing dish though! The photos are stunning too :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

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    Rebecca Lawrence — July 5, 2010 @ 1:43 pm

    Looks like a really great recipe, and a wonderful collection of flavors. I’m definitely going to try making this as soon as the watermelon shows at the local farmer’s stand.

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    redmenace — July 6, 2010 @ 1:59 pm

    What a fantastic idea for a refreshing summer soup. Thank you for the inspiration! I’m actually making a summery soup tonight!

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    Wishy — July 8, 2010 @ 6:29 am

    I commented on your kale recipe, just followed you on Twitter and “liked” you on Facebook! Can you tell, I’d really love that copy of Lucid Food? Your blog is great too! Healthy Green Cooking is my favorite! Thanks!

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    Carrie — July 9, 2010 @ 11:45 am

    Interesting soup! I only recently tried gazpacho, and I really enjoyed it. This variation sounds fantastic! And what a gorgeous color.

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    Lindsay at Kitchen Operas — July 27, 2010 @ 1:39 pm

    Ohhh yum, this is going on the To Make list, thanks!!!

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    D'Ann — July 4, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Any chance you can suggest an alternative for the tomatoes? I’m too sensitive to nightshade family foods…which are, of course, some of my favorite foods. I haven’t had gazpacho in years because all the recipes I’ve seen have tomato in them…