Ah ha! The final watermelon post from the giant watermelon: gazpacho!
My roommate suggested this idea from a recipe she found online. I went searching for that and couldn’t locate it but I did find this one from Mark Bittman who I dig so I adapted from his.
- 3 lbs Watermelon flesh
- 2 Large tomatoes, centers removed
- 1 English cucumber, seeded and roughly chopped
- 1 Clove Garlic minced
- 2 tbs Lime juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Feta – for topping
- 1/2 C Chopped mint
This couldn’t be any easier, toss all ingredients except feta and mint in to a food processor and blitz until mostly smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Place mixture in to the fridge and allow to cool for a few hours.
Top the soup with feta and mint and enjoy! To keep this vegan, skip the feta and add a drizzle of olive oil.
We served this with black garlic bruschetta. If you haven’t tried black garlic yet you’re truly missing out. It’s slightly terrifying at first glance but give it a chance and it will change your life. The flavor is like garlic and balsamic kissed with unicorn tears. You buy it in bulk and it lasts quite a while. I’ve made salsas with it, soups, stews, toast, and I’ve even eaten the cloves whole. Amazing. My favorite though is so easy, mostly because Trader Joe’s does most of the work. Their bruschetta (as seen here) is delicious and requires minor intervention on your part. Heat it up, or don’t either way it’s tasty.
- Sliced French, or other crusty, bread
- 1 Head Black garlic
- Shaved parmesan
- Olive oil
- Cheater’s method: Trader Joe’s tomato bruschetta
Drizzle bread with olive oil and smear at least a clove on each piece. You will want more, trust.
Top with parmesan and place under broiler until golden brown on top. When it’s super hot outside, the toaster over works just as well.
Serve with toppings of your choice. We also had another mix from TJ’s, I believe it was artichoke but it couldn’t compete with the tomato.
You can make your own bruschetta mix from crushed tomatoes, basil, garlic, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Or lame out like me and buy the convenient jar. =)
P.S. I’ve recently started managing a farmers’ market so expect to see some lovely fresh ideas from there!