Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho

Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho
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Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho
Alan Campbell

Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a welcome, refreshing treat that graces many dinner tables during the summer. This version, however, puts a fresh spin on the dish with a little heat from two types of chili powder and the use of watermelon.

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6
Servings
109
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon pasilla chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon New Mexico chili powder
  • 1 Teaspoon pimentón (Spanish smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup water
  • One 3 1/2-pound seedless watermelon, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped finely
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed, and chopped finely
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded, de-ribbed, and chopped finely
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 2-3 limes, plus 1 slice for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced, for garnish

Directions

In a small dry skillet, combine the chili powders and pimentón. Stir over medium heat until lightly toasted and fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.

In a small pan, combine the sugar and water. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved; then, bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let cool.
Put half of the watermelon in a blender and add ¼ cup of the sugar syrup. Blend until smooth and set aside. Finely chop the remaining watermelon and put in a medium-sized bowl with the onion, peppers, cilantro, and toasted spices.

Grate in the zest of 1 lime. Add the watermelon purée and the juice of 2 limes; taste and add more if needed to balance the flavors. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.

To serve, spoon into small bowls or glasses. Garnish each serving with cilantro sprigs, avocado slices, and a slice of lime and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
5g
7%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
1mg
0%
Carbohydrate, by difference
14g
11%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
47µg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
33mg
3%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
16µg
4%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
10mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
27mg
4%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
72mg
5%
Water
22g
1%

Watermelon Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Watermelon Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.