Watermelon Gazpacho

Summer dishes are often characterized by their lightness and refreshing qualities, and few recipes embody this better than Watermelon Gazpacho. This chilled soup, an inventive twist on the classic Spanish gazpacho, blends the sweetness of ripe watermelon with the savory essence of tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers to make it a perfect treat for people with CKD and needing a low sodium meal.

Watermelon Gazpacho in a white bowl with a metal spoon dipping in to grab a bite.

Watermelon Gazpacho not only delights the taste buds but also provides a nutritious option packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and hydrating properties. Whether you're hosting a summer brunch, looking for a creative dish to impress guests, or simply in need of a cooling, healthy meal, this vibrant soup is sure to become a seasonal favorite. It's got easy ingredients and is made in a blender so no heating up the house!

If you love watermelon, then you may also love this Watermelon Mint Lemonade!

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Ingredients

The ingredients for Watermelon Tomato Gazpacho come together to create a symphony of flavors and textures, each playing a unique role in this refreshing summer dish.

Ingredients for Watermelon Gazpacho laying out in individual bowls ready to be made.
  • Fresh watermelon - Adds a sweet and hydrating base to the gazpacho, providing a refreshing contrast to the other ingredients.
  • Sliced cucumber - Contributes a crisp texture and cool flavor, enhancing the soup's overall freshness.
  • Tomatoes - With seeds removed, bring a rich and tangy depth, balancing the sweetness of the watermelon.
  • Red bell peppers - Offer a mild sweetness and vibrant color, while also adding a slight crunch.
  • Chopped green onions - Using only the white portion, introduce a subtle, sharp bite that complements the other flavors.
  • Fresh garlic - Infuses the gazpacho with a robust and aromatic undertone.
  • Ginger - Spice adds a warm, zesty kick, elevating the overall complexity of the soup.
  • Fresh basil leaves - Provide an aromatic herbaceous note, lifting the flavors with their fragrant essence.
  • Red wine vinegar - Contributes a tangy acidity, enhancing the brightness of the watermelon and vegetables.
  • Black pepper - Introduces a gentle spiciness, rounding out the flavor profile.
  • Crumbled feta - Adds a creamy, salty finish, pulling the ingredients together with its rich, savory notes.

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Instructions

Preparing Gazpacho with Watermelon is a straightforward process that requires minimal effort, making it an ideal recipe for a quick and delicious summer dish. By following these simple steps, you'll blend together fresh, flavorful ingredients to create a refreshing soup that can be enjoyed almost immediately - and bonus, it's low in sodium. 

Ingredients for Watermelon Gazpacho in a blender.

1. Add the tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, onions, and half of the watermelon to a blender. Puree until smooth.

Blended up ingredients for Watermelon Gazpacho in a blender.

2. Add garlic, ginger, basil, vinegar, pepper and rest of watermelon. Puree until smooth.

3. Pour into bowls and sprinkle with feta cheese.

Hint: For a refreshing twist, balance the sweetness of the watermelon with a bit of acidity by adding a splash of red wine vinegar or lime juice. This will enhance the flavors and give your gazpacho a delightful tang. Make sure to blend it until smooth and chill it thoroughly before serving for the best flavor!

Mathea Ford taking a bit out of the Watermelon Gazpacho she just made.

Substitutions

One of the great things about Watermelon Gazpacho is its versatility, allowing you to tailor the recipe to your personal taste preferences or dietary restrictions. Here are three easy substitutions to consider:

  • Mint for Basil - If you prefer a different herb or simply don't have basil on hand, fresh mint leaves can be used as a replacement. Mint will add a cool, invigorating twist to the gazpacho.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar for Red Wine Vinegar -  In case you're out of red wine vinegar or want a slightly different tang, apple cider vinegar can be used. It brings a similar acidity with an added touch of sweetness.
  • Goat Cheese for Feta - For a creamier texture and a slightly tangier flavor, substitute crumbled goat cheese for feta. This will still give you the rich, savory notes that complement the watermelon and vegetables.

Whether you need to swap out an ingredient you don't have on hand or wish to experiment with new flavors, there are several simple substitutions that can be made without compromising the essence of this refreshing dish.

Variations

Watermelon Gazpacho is a versatile dish that can be easily adapted to suit different flavor profiles and dietary preferences. By experimenting with a few key ingredients, you can create exciting new versions of this refreshing soup while still maintaining its core appeal. Here are three delightful variations to consider:

  • Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho: For a spicy kick, add a finely chopped jalapeño or a dash of hot sauce to the mix. This will infuse the gazpacho with an exciting heat that beautifully contrasts the sweetness of the watermelon.
  • Avocado Watermelon Gazpacho: Blend in some ripe avocado to create a creamier texture and an added dimension of richness. The avocado's smooth consistency pairs wonderfully with the crispness of the other ingredients.
  • Tropical Watermelon Gazpacho: Incorporate tropical fruits like pineapple or mango into the gazpacho for an exotic twist. These fruits will enhance the sweetness and introduce a new layer of complexity to the flavor profile.

Storage

Proper storage is essential to maintain the freshness and flavor of your Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe. Here are three effective storage options to ensure you can enjoy this delightful dish at its best:

  • Refrigerator Storage: Store the gazpacho in an airtight container and keep it refrigerated. This method will preserve its freshness for up to 3-4 days, allowing the flavors to meld together beautifully over time.
  • Individual Portions: For convenience, divide the gazpacho into single-serving jars or containers before refrigerating. This makes it easy to grab a quick, refreshing meal or snack without having to portion it out each time.
  • Freezing: If you need to store the gazpacho for a longer period, consider freezing it. Pour the soup into freezer-safe containers, leaving some space at the top for expansion, and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving, and stir well to recombine the ingredients. Note that the texture may change slightly upon thawing, but the flavor will remain delicious.

Top tip

For an extra burst of flavor, allow the Watermelon Gazpacho to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving. This resting period lets the ingredients meld together, enhancing the overall taste and balance of the soup. Serve the gazpacho with a garnish of fresh herbs or a drizzle of olive oil for an added touch of sophistication and freshness.

A white bowl of Watermelon Gazpacho, ready to be enjoyed by a person with Chronic Kidney Disease.

FAQs for Easy Watermelon Gazpacho

Can I make Watermelon Gazpacho ahead of time?

Absolutely! In fact, making Watermelon Gazpacho ahead of time is recommended. Preparing it a few hours or even a day in advance allows the flavors to meld and develop, resulting in a more robust and balanced taste. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve.

Can I customize the consistency of Watermelon Gazpacho?

Yes, you can easily customize the consistency to your liking. If you prefer a chunkier soup, blend the ingredients for a shorter period and add reserved chopped vegetables for texture. For a smoother consistency, blend the mixture thoroughly until it reaches the desired smoothness. You can also add a bit of water or vegetable broth if you find the gazpacho too thick.

How long does gazpacho last?

Gazpacho can last for 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For the best flavor and freshness, consume it within this time frame. If you need to store it for a longer period, consider freezing it for up to 1 month. Remember to thaw frozen gazpacho in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

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Watermelon Gazpacho

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Watermelon Gazpacho is a refreshing and vibrant chilled soup, perfect for summer. Combining sweet watermelon with savory vegetables and aromatic herbs, this easy-to-make dish offers a nutritious and delicious way to cool off on hot days.

  • Author: Mathea Ford, MBA, RDN, LD
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Salt

Ingredients

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  • 4 cups cubed fresh watermelon, remove as many seeds as possible
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup tomato, sliced and seeds removed
  • 1 ½ cup sliced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions, white portion only
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1 tsp ginger spice
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta

Instructions

  1. Add the tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, onions, and half of the watermelon to a blender. Puree until smooth.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, basil, vinegar, pepper and rest of watermelon. Puree until smooth.
  3. Pour into bowls and sprinkle with feta cheese.

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