Watermelon Gazpacho - Cold fruit and vegetable soup made easily in a blender, perfect for hot summer days. gluten free and paleo options
Soup, Vegetables and Salads

Watermelon Gazpacho with Goat Cheese – Crazy Ingredient Challenge

This month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge ingredient’s had me stumped at first: Watermelon and Goat Cheese. Then I had a vision in the middle of the night. I love it when that happens, don’t you. Watermelon Gazpacho served with goat cheese crumbles. PERFECT, especially in this summer heat.

Watermelon Gazpacho - Cold fruit and vegetable soup made easily in a blender, perfect for hot summer days. No cook soup. paleo and gluten free options

 


The Crazy Ingredient Challenge is similar to Chopped, without anyone getting voted off. A group of bloggers votes on two separate ingredient lists, then we have to pair those ingredients and post a recipe with them. Scroll below the recipe to see what everyone else made. I got a couple of sneak previews and it promises to be a delicious month.

Gazpacho is a Spanish cold soup, traditionally made with tomatoes as the base. I have two unique Gazpacho recipes on the site already, both of which are fabulous in their own ways.

To make this one, I started with little brother’s Beet Gazpacho recipe. To serve it I added crumbled goat cheese on top for the CIC. The creamy saltiness was a great compliment to the spicy sweet soup.

But, I thought the vegans will balk at the cheese, but a little bit of protein is nice.  Not that I try to please every diet with every recipe, but … Then I remembered the White Gazpacho adds almonds, so I added that to the recipe as an option.

The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled, but you may need to make it in batches. My blender only held half of a “personal size” watermelon.

 

Watermelon Gazpacho

Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Fruit, Salad and Vegetables, Soup
Occasion Summer
Watermelon Gazpacho - Cold fruit and vegetable soup made easily in a blender, perfect for hot summer days. paleo and gluten free options

Ingredients

  • 6 cups watermelon (cubed)
  • 1/2 Large cucumber (peeled)
  • 1/2 Large red pepper (seeded)
  • 1/4 Large yellow onion
  • 1 Large clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup french bread (torn into pieces (gluten free if desired))
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (or sherry vinegar or white wine vingar)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Optional

  • 1/2 cup almonds

Note

If you do not have smoked paprika you can quickly smoke it yourself by putting it in a small skillet and heating until it begins to smoke. Watch carefully!!! It will only take a few minutes.

Directions

Put the watermelon, cucumber, pepper, onions and garlic into a blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth.
Add spices and bread (and almonds if using) puree until completely smooth.
Drizzle in vinegar and olive oil.
Serve immediately or chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.

 


Until next time, happy eating.
~Audrey

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