Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho

gazpacho

I wanted to make a gazpacho that was thirst quenching, nutritious and refreshing, so I married some juicy heirloom tomatoes, seedless watermelon, with the traditional bell peppers and cucumbers. All of which have a high water content, making it unnecessary to add tomato juice. This recipe was pretty simple even though the list of ingredients seems a bit daunting. As long as you have the right measuring tools it’s quite simple to make. Optional: make a big batch and store in the fridge for up to five days.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of diced heirloom tomatoes + 2 tbsp for garnish
  • 1 ½ cups of diced cucumbers – seeded and peeled + 2 tbsp for garnish
  • 1 ½ cups of diced red pepper – seeded + 2 tbsp for garnish
  • 1 cup of diced onions
  • 2 cups of chopped watermelon – seeded + 2 tbsp diced for garnish
  • 1 cup of croutons
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil + 1 tsp for drizzle on garnish
  • 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp diced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Chill the soup for minimum 4 hours but can be stored in the fridge over night. Mix all the reserve garnish (tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, and watermelon) with olive and salt. Place a tbsp onto each serving. Serve with a cool cocktail, perhaps a watermelon margarita or mojito.

Watermelon Margaritas

Watermelon margaritas

Watermelon margaritas are a great summer cocktail! We made these on our girl’s trip in Mexico, but ironically it was hard to find fresh limes! Definitely start with 100% Agave Tequila, fresh limes and use seedless watermelon to save time. I always use Agave Nectar for my margaritas over sugar or simple syrup. My favorite tequila for margs, that won’t break the bank, is Espolon Silver Tequila. It’s a great value and perfect for mixing into a marg.

When it comes to measuring out my ingredients, I always start with the fresh squeezed lime, as it’s harder to squeeze limes than pour the tequila, or add the agave. Best to buy an entire seedless watermelon, and chop into pieces and place half into food processor. Save the other half to cut into wedges for garnishing the glasses. This recipe is a little different from the 1,2,4 margarita recipe I posted as we replace the soda water with the watermelon puree.

Measurements for a single Watermelon Marg:

  • ½ oz. Agave nectar
  • 1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice (not bottled – please!)
  • 2 oz. 100% Agave Tequila
  • 1 oz. fresh pureed watermelon (No seeds!)
  • Salt for the rim, and sprig of mint or watermelon wedge for garnish

Place all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds at least, then pour into glass, with or without salt or a mixture of salt and sugar. I also sometimes add a sprig of fresh mint.

Measurements for a Batch of Watermelon Margaritas:

  • 1 cup Agave nectar
  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lime juice (not bottled – please!)
  • 4 cups 100% Agave Tequila
  • 2 cup Fresh pureed watermelon
  • 2 large scoops of ice

Combine lime, agave, watermelon and tequila into a  drink dispenser. Stir in the ice, making sure it is mixed well. Add a little bit of club soda at if you want to dilute it. Make sure to stir occasionally as the lime and watermelon tend to settle. Enjoy! And please drink responsibly!