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Cold Melon-Berry Soup | An elegant summer soup made with luscious fresh fruits and a slosh of crisp white wine

Cold Melon-Berry Soup

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On a hot summer’s day, this Cold Melon-Berry Soup makes a perfect lunch or even a starter for a dinner party.

Cold Melon-Berry Soup

This Cold Melon-Berry Soup is perfect for the dog days of summer.  Miss Lambeau is spending her days lounging in the house with one ear to the cool hardwood floors for most of the day, then hanging out near the air conditioner vent after her slow mosey around the block.  Yes, it’s HOT, and cool dishes are in demand. My mom was a huge proponent of cold fruit summer soups. I recall sampling cantaloupe and strawberry versions. But as a child, the thought of anything besides a piping hot bowl of soup seemed outlandish. Thank goodness my taste buds have matured!

Cold Melon-Berry Soup | An elegant summer soup made with luscious fresh fruits and a slosh of crisp white wine

Easy and Refreshing

This Dorie Greenspan recipe went together quickly.  Sweet and ripe melon was whizzed in the food processor with a wee bit of fresh ginger and lime juice.  Some sauvignon blanc was added at the end, along with melon and berries for garnish.  It was quite beautiful and refreshing. I can see preparing this cold berry-melon soup for a summer dinner party.


Cold Melon-Berry Soup | An elegant summer soup made with luscious fresh fruits and a slosh of crisp white wine
Cold Melon-Berry Soup

Cold Melon-Berry Soup

Recipe Adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Around My French Table

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 servings


  • 1 ripe cantaloupe (about 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sweetish white wine, I used Sauvignon Blanc (optional)
  • About 20 small strawberries
  • 4 mint sprigs


  1. Cut the cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds. Using a melon baller or a small spoon, cut balls from one of the melon halves. Put them in a bowl, cover, and chill for at least 2 hours, or for up to 6 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the other half of the melon, cut it into chunks, and toss the chunks into a blender or food processor. Process, scraping down the container often, until the melon is reduced to a juice. Add the ginger, 1-1/2 tablespoons lime juice, and the salt. Taste and, if you think it needs it, add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice. Pour the soup into a pitcher and chill for at least 2 hours, or for up to 6 hours.
  3. At serving time, divide the soup among four widemouthed glasses (or four small bowls) and top each portion with a tablespoon of wine, if you're using it. Spoon in the melon balls, top with the berries, and finish each with a spring of mint.


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44 comments on “Cold Melon-Berry Soup”

  1. Lizzy…I am giving this a miss coz I could not find a cold melon and looking at yours…I am salivating already ๐Ÿ™‚ Well done !
    Have a nice weekend,

  2. I will be making this later today (it’s Charcutepalooza posting day anyway) and am still wondering what I will do since here in Paris I do not have any sort of machine that can blend the melon. Perhaps just a salad? Yes, a salad with wine, sounds good, no? Yours look wonderful!

  3. Love the addition of the kiwi! The green just adds a pop to the orange and red from the other fruit.

  4. Beautiful photos. This soup was differetn.

  5. I would eat bowl after bowl of this!

  6. Pretty pictures. I love the glasses and the kiwi. And your melon seems a richer color than most – must have been a flavorful one!

  7. This sound refreshing and great for summer! Looks so pretty!

  8. I am a huge fan of cold fruit soup in the summer. this one looks amazing and so bright. I had a honey dew melon and coriander gazpacho one last week in a restaurant.

  9. Lizzy, Your melon soup looks so fresh and summery! I really enjoyed this and it was very refreshing. As always great photos!

  10. Lizzy look absolutely delicious!! gloria

  11. Perfect for a sweltering week. I’m having so much fun seeing the different glasses everyone is using for serving.

  12. Lizzy, this looks great! Love that you added the kiwi!

  13. Beautifully presented in these lovely glasses. I like the melon berry soup for dessert but also makes a wonderful appetizer, very summery;-)

  14. The kiwi gives the soup such a pretty pop of color. And I bet it also gives it such a great flavor.

  15. Your glasses look so pretty, Lizzy! Love the addition of kiwi to the mix – all the colors now pop out. I hope you are enjoying your time with your boys.

  16. This is perfect for the weather that’s on its way. First I thought – aha! A breakfast cocktail. Then I saw the addition of wine and said – aha! A dinner cocktail! And you presented it so beautifully.

  17. That does look absolutely refreshing! I love cold soups!

  18. This is simply beautifully Lizzy. The colours are incredible. I love the little kick of alcohol in there too.

  19. A wonderful recipe – perfection for this summer heat. Lovely presentation:)

  20. yummy combination looks wonderful

  21. A wonderful dish for a summer get together. Great look!

  22. Beautiful!! I adore cold fruit soups.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  23. Sounds refreshing and delicious. I love light and easy desserts during the summer. Great job!

  24. I love your new photo! Thesoup reminds me of one I loved on our cruise last year …. very refreshing!

  25. I have never had melon soup. Your pictures and description have me sold.

  26. Lizzy, this is a wonderful, refreshing soup. Beautiful presentation. Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. I love the summery colors of this soup, and sounds deliciously cooling!

  28. This sounds incredibly refreshing, I love the combo. Those glasses are so cute too…and I love your new photo!

  29. First, your profile pic is gorgeous!!! Second, I hate melons, BUT you could have fooled me with that first photo…it looks so good!

  30. When I think of summer soups I always think of gazpacho first, but summer fruit soups are a great alternative to other desserts (and way healthier). Love the colors of this soup! Dorie has done it again ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Everyone always crazy over melons and loupes but … they leave me cold (pardon the pun!) Your kiwi in the photo looks really pretty with it!

  32. This looks so delightful and I am salivating ;-))

  33. This drink is really perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing.

  34. I love melons, and I loooooove fruit soups! Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing!

  35. Have to agree that this would be nice at a summer dinner party!

  36. That would be so perfect for a nice brunch.

  37. Hi Lizzy! This looks incredible and your pictures are SO beautiful! I love French Fridays with Dorie – I keep telling myself I should do this….

  38. This is what makes summer so delicious. Love, love, love this soup!

  39. Hi (again) Lizzy! I’ll have to check it out…the first thing I have to do is go get the book!

  40. Hi Lizzy,
    Gorgeous soup, refreshing for the summer heat. Hope you had a great weekend.

  41. Liz, this soup sounds wonderful! Especially on a day like today when the temperatures are soaring! I love that you have used a variety of fruit here for lots of delicious sweetness! Hope you had a great weekend!

  42. Such lovely glasses! Kiwi is a great add-in, too.

  43. I absolutely love summer fruit desserts. Yours rocks! Thanks for sharing.


  44. I left the wine out of mine since I was feeding my son. The ginger threw him. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

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