Summer Watermelon Gazpacho

De Mane serves this savory cold soup as an appetizer or as part of a light summer lunch. The beauty of this recipe is that can be adjusted to suit your taste. If you like it spicier, add more jalapeño pepper, Tabasco or Sriracha sauce. Add a smidgen of raw sugar, raw honey or agave syrup if the watermelon isn’t sweet, suggests De Mane.
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Place first 10 ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Reserve 1⅔ cups watermelon-vegetable mixture in a bowl and set aside. Put rest of mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. (This may take a couple batches). Pour in a large bowl and add tomato juice or puree, lemon juice, lime juice, seasoned rice wine vinegar, Tabasco, Sriracha, Old Bay Seasoning and stir. Put in refrigerator to chill 30 minutes.

While soup is chilling, cut reserved watermelon-vegetable mixture to ½-inch cubes (medium dice). Place in refrigerator to chill.

Take soup from refrigerator, and season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, ladle soup into individual bowls. Put about ⅓ cup of watermelon-vegetable mixture in center of bowl. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon goat cheese around mixture. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon herb mixture over soup. Dot with smoked paprika oil and basil oil, if using. Sprinkle Aleppo pepper over top.

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  • 4¼ cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • ½ red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ orange bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup seedless cucumber, chopped
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • ½ small fennel bulb, chopped
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, with seeds, chopped
  • 1 medium red heirloom tomato
  • ½ cup organic tomato juice or puree
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • ⅛ cup seasoned rice wine vinegar
  • Splash Tabasco
  • Splash Sriracha sauce
  • ½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • ⅓ cup goat cheese
  • ⅓ cup mixed herbs (basil, cilantro, mint), chopped
  • Smoked Paprika Oil (see related recipe)
  • Basil oil (homemade or store-bought) (optional)
  • Aleppo pepper
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