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Wazpacho AKA Watermelon Gazpacho

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Wazpacho AKA Watermelon Gazpacho is a summer twist on the cold Spanish soup that I first tasted decades ago. This melon version is just as delicious and a nice change of pace on a hot day.

Wazpacho AKA watermelon gazpacho in two white bowls with bamboo handled spoons

Wazpacho AKA Watermelon Gazpacho

I fell in love with gazpacho with my first spoonful, long long ago on a  family summer vacations spent nestled in Aspen’s mountain valley. My dad was surely on a hiking adventure, so my mom bravely took me and my three younger sisters to lunch in what looked like a Swiss chalet…that’s where we sampled this delicious soup.

My resourceful mom was able to get a recipe in the days before the Internet, probably at the Pitkin County Library. So once back home, we’d make homemade garlic croutons and chop veggies to garnish our bowl full of summer goodness.

I still make my mom’s version, but my sister, Mary, shared this watermelon gazpacho recipe a few summers ago. As the heat and humidity seemed to soar into the 90’s, I decided it was a gazpacho kind of day. I made my own version of wazpacho which was tweaked from her recipe.

Wazpacho AKA watermelon gazpacho in a white ceramic bowl with jalapenos

What is Gazpacho?

Gazpacho is a cold, blended, raw vegetable soup that hails from the Andalusia region of Spain. The gazpacho I grew up eating was composed of tomatoes, tomato juice (not so traditional), green pepper, onion, cucumber, some red wine or sherry vinegar and olive oil. All of these were pureed and then served with a garnish of vegetables and homemade croutons. This is a pretty typical classic gazpacho recipes although some include stale bread.

As you can imagine, there are variations galore! I’ve seen corn, avocado and peach gazpacho along with those garnished with seafood like grilled shrimp and lobster. My favorite is the classic, but for a slightly sweeter, summertime treat, a watermelon gazpacho hits the spot.

How Does Watermelon Gazpacho Differ from a Classic Gazpacho?

Typically, when making wazpacho, about 2/3 of the tomatoes are replaced by seedless watermelon. You must use the ripest, sweetest tomatoes and peak of season watermelon for the most flavorful results. Only half the cubed watermelon is added for the first puree in my recipe, and the other half pulsed in at the end to give a thicker consistency.

PRO-Tip: As with regular gazpacho, this soup gets better as it sits in the refrigerator. I like adding half of a jalapeno and a pinch of cayenne for a boost of flavor as the watermelon doesn’t offer the same punch as tomatoes.

Wazpacho AKA watermelon gazpacho in a white bowl garnishes with avocado, melon and cucumber

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Wazpacho AKA watermelon gazpacho - A cold refreshing summer soup with tomatoes and watermelon!

Wazpacho AKA Watermelon Gazpacho

A tasty twist on the classic Spanish gazpacho using watermelon!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Soup, Side Dish
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American, Spanish

Ingredients

2 cups sweet watermelon, seeded and diced, divided
1/2 pound good tomatoes, vine-ripened or heirloom, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/2-1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
1 tablespoon good vinegar (I used sherry vinegar)
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper to taste
A pinch of cayenne pepper or dashes of hot sauce to taste

Instructions

2 cups sweet watermelon, seeded and diced, divided
1/2 pound good tomatoes, vine-ripened or heirloom, peeled, seeded, and chopped

1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed
1 tablespoon good vinegar (I used sherry vinegar)

2 tablespoons minced red onion
1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon  freshly ground pepper to taste
A pinch of cayenne pepper or dashes of hot sauce to taste

Cilantro sprigs, diced watermelon, cantaloupe, red onion, cucumber to garnish, optional

In a blender or food processor, pulse or puree  half the watermelon and the rest of the ingredients until smooth.

Add the rest of the watermelon and pulse a few times. Chill thoroughly before serving.

Garnish with small diced watermelon, cantaloupe, peeled cucumber, avocado, thinly sliced chives, minced garlic and/or homemade croutons.

Taste for seasonings and add more salt, pepper or cayenne to taste.

Notes

Adapted from my sister, Mary

 

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14 comments on “Wazpacho AKA Watermelon Gazpacho”

  1. Liz – I can’t wait to try this recipe. Savory with a bit of sweetness – yummy! Beautiful photos too.

  2. Thanks, Hilary! Hope you enjoy~

  3. This is a PERFECT summer dinner!

  4. Watermelon and tomatoes are wonderful together. This sounds so tasty, and the garnish is gorgeous!

  5. I like Gazpacho a lot, I know I will love wazpacho, such a great idea. And guess what I have in the fridge to make this tonight!

  6. This is a fascinating recipe! I’ve never heard of a watermelon version before but know I would love it. Thanks for this Liz – I have watermelon in the fridge!

  7. First of all, it’s just fun to say Wazpacho! I’m always up for gazpacho, but have never had this melon version – sounds absolutely amazing! Perfectly refreshing for these summer temperatures that are pushing into the 100s lately!

  8. I adore watermelon gazpacho and your version sounds especially refreshing. I don’t remember the first time I tried gazpacho, but like your experience, I’m sure it was classic-style. Now I’m all about trying new variations – like this one.

  9. I have always wanted to try a watermelon gazpacho, Liz. And yours looks fantastic! A cool and refreshing way to beat this summer’s heat! 🙂

  10. Love the name of this! Neat dish, too. Great way to use watermelon. I’m big fan of gazpacho, so you know I’ll enjoy this creatie take on it. Thanks!

  11. This is so lovely! I LOVE a good gazpacho and a watermelon and tomato gazpacho sounds divine! It’s heating up here again so plan to try this very soon!

  12. Have heard of watermelon gazpacho but have never tasted one. Getting some great watermelon this year, so I’m going to give this recipe a try. It looks fabulous and love that like bit of spice with the jalapeno. 🙂

  13. I love watermelon and trying new things Liz; so you can imagine this one is calling my name. It’s such a nice bright touch with the more savory elements and sure is pretty too. I like pretty food. 🙂

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