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Chilled Tropical Watermelon Soup with Peach Puree

Passion.  Someone once said to me “I’ve been trying to put my finger on it when people ask me to describe you.  And the word that comes to mind is passion.”  And so we will credit that very ‘passion’ with turning the discovery of National Watermelon Day into a full out watermelon event at work today.

Watermelon Gazpacho

I have the pleasure of working with the greatest group of people.  Over the years we have learned how to work hard while incorporating play into our days.  Today we played with watermelon.  That oh so lovely fruit, no wait vegetable, was the featured ingredient on our buffet.  We had Watermelon Black Bean and Corn Salsa, Watermelon Caprese Salad, Watermelon Infused Lemonade, Watermelon Cookies & Cupcakes, our mascot Turtlicious (hand carved by one of my many creative teammates), Watermelon Gazpacho & Tropical Watermelon Soup with Peach Purée.

Watermelon Gazpacho
Watermelon Gazpacho

One large seedless watermelon (not huge) yielded enough watermelon flesh to make two soups and 1 1/2 quarts of watermelon water for the lemonade infusion.  The Watermelon Gazpacho was savory and so fresh.  The layers of flavors kept us coming back for more.

Watermelon Gazpacho
Chilled Tropical Watermelon Soup with Peach Puree

Tropical Watermelon Soup with Peach Purée

Libby with Lemony Thyme
This soup could have easily been served in a glass and called a smoothie. It was cool, sweet and very refreshing.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Soup
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

For the soup…

  • flesh of one mango
  • 2 cups pineapple chunks
  • 6 strawberries
  • 6 cups watermelon purée
  • 2 Tbl. of honey or agave nectar

For the peach purée…

  • 2 sweet Georgia peaches
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish.

Instructions
 

For the tropical watermelon soup…

  • Combine the followng in a blender: flesh of one mango, 2 cups pineapple chunks, 6 strawberries, and enough watermelon purée to blend. Once smooth combine blender contents with 6 cups watermelon purée and 2 Tbl. of honey or agave nectar. Chill completely.

For the peach purée…

  • Blend 2 sweet Georgia peaches until smooth, then strain through a medium mesh sieve.
  • Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

I’d say we could be described as a passionate bunch.  Ah Watermelon, who knew you could be so much fun.

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