A REFRESHING WATERMELON GAZPACHO

How can you still have soup when it’s summer? Gazpacho, of course! Try this refreshing watermelon take on this classic summer soup by nutrition Expert Jessica Spiro.

There is nothing quite like backyard parties and BBQs during the warm summer months. Eating light seasonal fare while sipping on bubbly cocktails is simply the best.  With the weather warming up, it’s the perfect time to sneak in some outdoor dining every now and again.

Of course, the key to any good summer get-together is food that’s both light and refreshing. As the perfect appetizer that screams summer, this watermelon gazpacho is a dish that you will find yourself obsessing over.

If you’re curious what the heck a gazpacho is, it’s basically a fancy name for cold soup.

It may sound strange to put watermelon in a soup, but the mild sweetness of the watermelon brings out the flavor of the roasted veggies. Plus, this gazpacho is packed with nutrition.

Have you heard of lycopene?

That’s the pigment that gives foods such as berries, tomatoes and watermelon, its deep red color. Not only that, but it’s also a potent disease-fighting antioxidant and phytochemical.

Watermelon is actually called the “lycopene leader” because of its higher lycopene content than even tomatoes! This watermelon gazpacho may be rich in nutrients but it is low in calories. It is so flavorful that no oil or added sweetness is needed. In case you needed any extra convincing to try out this recipe, know that it’s also super easy to make and holds really well so you can make it ahead of time.

In fact, the longer you allow the watermelon gazpacho to sit in the fridge and marinate, the better it will taste! Who doesn’t love that, especially if you’re the person hosting the party!

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 watermelon, medium no seeds
  • 16 oz cherry or grape tomatoes
  • 1 English cucumber, skinned and seeded
  • 1 red bell pepper, skinned and seeded
  • 1 jalapeño, skinned and seeded
  • 4 greenonion (save the tips for the top)
  • 2 teaspoon Chipotle seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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IMAGE: JESSICA SPIRO

Jessica Spiro, RD, CLC is a registered dietitian nutritionist from Encinitas, CA specializing in pre- and post-natal nutrition, as well as cancer, food allergies, diabetes management, and heart health. Check out more fun recipe ideas and nutrition tips with Jessica!

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