Watermelon Gazpacho with Lime

Vegan summer soup- watermelon gazpacho with lime
Refreshing watermelon gazpacho. Serve cold, cold, cold.

Happy August. The Dog Days of Summer are upon us. The Back To School Sales have commenced. Evenings are shorter, sultry and sticky and it's too damn hot to cook. Here in our sweet little Santa Monica sublet the modest act of baking two potatoes nudges our ambient temperature to a hot flash inducing tie-dyed t-shirt peeling UGG tossing fever pitch. I pace and prowl for air like the downstairs yellow cat who slinks into our kitchen unnoticed despite his thunderous girth. I stick my sweaty matted head out the kitchen door inhaling the hope of an onshore breeze.

My restless, itchy body you see is trying to ignore the calendar.

I'm craving baked potatoes in the thick of summer heat. It's a comfort food thing. Our lease is up in seventeen days. The house back in New Mexico is empty and waiting for our return. No buyers on the horizon. Yet. They're out there, I'm sure. Waiting, too. Waiting for the right moment to make their move. Waiting for the bottom, the optimum moment to buy.

Will it be announced, this happy, golden moment, this pivotal swing of the economic pendulum? Will a press conference be called? A glittering disco ball dropped? How will the experts know, is what I want to know. The experts in charge apparently didn't see this ride coming. Or maybe they were just, you know, flying their corporate jets to St. Tropez. Dancing in the dark with starlets. Snorting Cristal.

Maybe I should break out my tarot cards. Read tea leaves. Dance with a chicken (would a chicken lie to you, I wonder?). Or maybe I should just make some soup.

Cold soup, for a long hot wait.

Vegan summer soup- watermelon gazpacho with lime
A cold watermelon soup for hot summer days.

Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe

Tailor this recipe to your own preferences. If you prefer it more chunky, switch out the romaine for a large yellow pepper. Add a garnish of finely chopped red onion or a dollop of creamy Greek yogurt and chopped fresh mint.


1 ice cold 3 lb. ripe watermelon (thump it- does it sound hollow?)
1 large cucumber, skinned, seeded (or 2 medium)
2 large celery stalks
1 small head romaine lettuce, trimmed, cut up
2 medium, dense, heirloom tomatoes, seeded, chopped
1-2 teaspoons minced Elephant Garlic
Juice from 1-2 limes, according to taste
2 tablespoons white balsamic or rice vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro, basil, mint or parsley
Sea salt, to taste


Slice the watermelon, cut up most of it, taking out the seeds; reserve about 1 cup, diced fine. Toss the cut up watermelon into a Vita-Mix or blender. Add the cucumber, celery, lettuce, tomato, garlic. Pulse and blend the mix briefly to process it. Add the juice from one lime. Add the vinegar, chopped herbs, sea salt. Pulse till combined.

Taste test. Does it need more lime juice? A touch more salt or vinegar?

Pour into a storage container, add in the reserved diced watermelon. Cover and chill until serving. Two hours is best.

Serves 6.

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Karina's Notes:

There are so many options in this recipe. Modify it to suit your taste buds. Add some fresh chopped seeded jalapeno if you prefer it even more spicy. Use traditional garlic if you like a stronger garlic taste. Add some traditional bell pepper if you like it chunky- red, yellow or orange peppers would be best.

Taste test and make the flavors your own.

More gazpacho goodness from food bloggers:

Gazpacho from Simply Recipes
Confetti Gazpacho from South Beach Diet friendly Kalyn's Kitchen
Gazpacho with Roasted Tomatoes and Peppers at FatFree Vegan Kitchen
White Gazpacho from Hedonia (use gluten-free bread)
Fat Free Gazpacho at Lydia's Pantry (use gluten-free bread)
Elan's Pantry has Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho


Passport Foodie said...

Wow, that's interesting.

Looks stunning!

Passport Foodie

I Am Gluten Free said...

Hi Karina,

My daughter waitressed at an upscale restaurant in Nantucket a few years ago. They featured watermelon in a number of appetizers, salads, and soups. At first, I thought it odd. But when you taste these unusual dishes, your mouth just goes "wow"! So, I'll bet your watermelon gazpacho is a winner!


reluctant veggie said...

we just devoured some juicy watermelon tonight and talked about the idea of your soup.

hope you are staying cool!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Love the pairing of watermelon and hot pepper. I believe I could eat some form of gazpacho every day during the summer. There's nothing more refreshing.

Katerina said...

This sounds great! I just got a vita-mix and am looking for blended vegetable salad\soups!

Amy Green (Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free) said...

I make a really good romaine soup with cauliflower in the cooler months - the romaine adds a depth and texture that surprised me. I'm sure that this soup is a heady marriage of incredible flavors.

Rach said...

This sounds sooooooo refreshing! When I hit the farmer's market tomorrow night - I'll see if I can find ingredients.

Your blog is looking sweet!

My fingers have been (symbolically) crossed for months *you will get a buyer* *you will get a buyer* *you will get a buyer* *you will get a buyer*

Amy Sherman said...

Gorgeous soup! Here's to the disco ball...

Alta said...

Wow, what an intriguing combination of flavors. I have half a watermelon in my fridge right now, maybe I should adapt it to a version of this soup! With the 100+ temps they're forcasting this week, it would be just the thing to cool off with!

Kalyn said...

I'm always stunned by the beauty of your writing before I even get to the recipe. Then when I read the ingredients, I amazed again. You are truly so multi-talented.

Putting watermelon in gazpacho is brilliant. I need to make some gazpacho soon!

moongypsy said...

Once again, I find serendipity here. My daughter just had her braces tightened, and can't chew anything without pain for a few days. I logged on hoping to find a cold blender soup to feed her, and there it was, posted mere hours earlier. Sweet!

Good luck keeping cool, and with everything in your life. Again and again, many thanks.

NemuriNeko said...

That actually looks quite nice and refreshing (even though I'm not too fond of some of the ingredients!).

Thanks for this great blog, hopefully mine will be half as good as this one and others I've seen someday! (Not easy.. but I'm just starting!)


fresh365 said...

I’m usually not a huge fan of cold soups, but this looks so refreshing and delicious. And I love the color!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! I read your story on how you became gluten free and boy! can I relate. It's a real journey going gluten free but, well worth the trip. That watermelon gazpacho looks like something I'll have to try. Thanks for your blog!

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

Yes! Watermelon gazpacho... Perfect.

Mary said...

I don't even remembeR how I found you - but I am SOO HAPPY. I will love every one of your posts - I just know it. Thank you thank you

Keerti Prasad said...

O my God!! This is so delicious!!

I love it!!

Koko said...

Wow this looks great. I would love to try watermelon in a savoury sort of recipe.

Rach said...

I just made this and put it in the fridge to chill - tastes awesome already! I used a couple heirloom tomatoes instead of canned with chiles. I can't wait to have some later tonight!

Amanda on Maui said...

I recently had a watermelon gazpacho at a neighborhood restaurant that is 80-90% local ingredients. They made their gazpacho with curry powder in it. It was amazing.