Watermelon Gazpacho

Summer has flown by in a way I’ve never witnessed before, but I think Eric and I have done our best to make the most of it.  We got our hands on bags of cherries, husked countless ears of corn, sliced up peaches and devoured bowls of berries.  Summertime dishes are some of my favorite and, especially here in New England, where our produce seasons can end rather abruptly, you really have to work to cram them all into your diet.

It’s hard to say what the weather will be like these next few weeks.  Right now, it’s mellowed out quite a bit.  The humidity has dissipated and the highs only reach the 70s.  But, knowing how temps have been these last six months, I suspect we haven’t seen the end of this muggy season.

This gazpacho has been my own personal savior on days when I come home from a quick walk with Maki covered in sweat (and you should see how she looks… tongue hanging out, uncontrollable panting).  A bowl is not only sure to take care of heat stroke, but it also makes for a surprisingly satisfying meal.

The key to keeping this gazpacho hearty is by leaving out a portion of the chopped cucumber and watermelon salad.  Top the pureed soup with the remaining salad and some feta (creme fraiche works well too).  Now, I know that there are a lot of gazpacho naysayers out there, but I think that this might change their view.  It’s bright and refreshing… and it’s undeniable that we can all use a dish like this right now.

Watermelon Gazpacho

(adapted slightly from Tyler Florence’s recipe, via FoodNetwork.com)


1 large tomato, seeds removed

1/2 anheim (milder) or serrano chile (spicy)

2 cups cubed fresh watermelon

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons minced red onion

1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


In a food process, chop the tomatoes, onion, chile, and 1/2 of the watermelon until it has reached your desired consistency (I like to leave mine a little chunky). Pour in the red wine vinegar and olive oil and pulse a couple of times. Add 3/4 of the cucumber and dill and season with salt and pepper. Pour into chilled bowls and top with remaining watermelon and cucumber, Sprinkle with dill and feta. Serve.

  • August 20, 2012 - 8:33 am

    Jeanette - Oh my – I want a bowl of this right now! I’ve never tried watermelon gazpacho, but I love both watermelon and gazpacho, so I know I’d love this. Gorgeous color!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Let’s just go ahead and use a funnel for this.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 9:47 am

    Stephanie - I’ve never used watermelon like this before. Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 10:21 am

    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies - I am most definitely a gazpacho naysayer, but the addition of watermelon in this one might help me change my mind. What a beautiful summer meal!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 10:30 am

    Brooks│Cakewalker - My word this look glorious, Brian! This gazpacho will find its way to my table especially since Sac sunshine is relentlessly pushing daytime mercury into the 100s. The California growing season will keep these ingredients on hand into October, just about the time the sun decides to cool it.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 10:36 am

    MikeVFMK - This looks marvellous! I love a great gazpacho and watermelon included just enhances how great this is. Love this, my friend!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 10:56 am

    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel - What a great way to enjoy the flavors while they’re around! I’m also shocked at how insanely fast this summer flew by. I don’t remember it ever speeding by quite this quickly before.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Monet - Highs only in the 70s? Now why am I not in Boston with you and Eric? And with a lovely bowl of this watermelon gazpacho, I’d be even happier. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve been wanting to try a watermelon gazpacho and now I have the perfect recipe. Thank you for sharing, my friend.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    RavieNomNoms - My goodness what a lovely color that is! I mean that is just amazing. Yes the weather has been very nice in CT as well. I am enjoying the low 80s while I can right now before the muggy hits again. I hear you on the short “in season” seasons here in New England. You really have to pay attention before they disappear!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 3:13 pm

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - What a beautiful creation! I love this idea!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 3:37 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - Gazpacho is a perfect summer dish. I love how you made yours with sweet watermelon and would love to try it with a little spice from serrano chile’s. This looks fantastic, Brian.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - So pretty, I was ready to eat it before in went in the food processor. And the idea of red wine vinegar with watermelon makes me really happy. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    Stacey - This looks delicious and I love your fab photos! Would be nice to enjoy right now – 90 and huuuumid.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 4:50 pm

    JulieD - That’s just completely gorgeous, Brian!! And I love that you used feta too!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Jessica@AKitchenAddiction - This would make a wonderful summer meal!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. - awesome Brian! I am sharing this on my facebook fan page todayReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    Bob - I would love to have a bowl of this gazpacho right now!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 6:47 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Watermelon + dill? How interesting! This looks sooooo delicious.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 7:36 pm

    Lori @ RecipeGir - So perfect for end of summer! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 8:52 pm

    TidyMom - What a fabulous way to enjoy watermelon!
    Gazpacho naysayers? GASP!!!! I’ve always been a fan!!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2012 - 11:35 pm

    Kelsey - Totally intrigued! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2012 - 6:44 am

    Joanne - I agree…this weather may seem tame at the moment but it’s all a ruse in my opinion. I’m sure the 80s and 90s will be back with a vengeance. I recently came around to gazpacho and this watermelon variety is one that I need to try. It actually might be the only fruit I haven’t eaten yet this season!ReplyCancel

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    TFB - Looks amaazing! xx

  • August 21, 2012 - 4:32 pm

    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Amazingly refreshing, Brian! So sad summer is coming to an end. Bet I’d be making this before it’s too late 😉ReplyCancel

  • August 21, 2012 - 5:08 pm

    Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) - Oh wow, that looks amazing! So many neat things you can do with watermelon..ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 9:37 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Hmnnnn. . . I think that I loves me some gazpacho, but I’m not quite sure about the watermelon thing.

    Es muy importante de tener cuidadez con la arena cerca de la vaselina.ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Seriously refreshing stuff!ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2012 - 11:26 pm

    Lisa | With Style and Grace - I would love a big bowl of this, right now. gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • August 23, 2012 - 6:59 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - I just discovered that I like gazpacho last summer… And, now I am obsessed with it. I will definitely give this one a try. We just got another watermelon from our fruit CSA this afternoon… Perfect timing!ReplyCancel

  • August 24, 2012 - 11:14 am

    sippitysup - My first watermelon gazpacho was in a restaurant. It was sweet and spicy and had me hooked. I’ll give yours a go too. GREGReplyCancel

  • August 26, 2012 - 4:26 pm

    foodwanderings - I usually jump into the ingredient list and I like what I see. I bet Jonathan would love this. He is the one in this household who is big on gaspachos!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 1:24 am

    Kathy - Panini Happy - I would absolutely love to taste this!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2012 - 8:28 am

    Russell van Kraayenburg - I don’t get gazpacho. Just saying. Who doesn’t heat there soup up?! Lovely ingredients though ; )ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 9:33 am

    katie - Yes please! I recently had a tomato watermelon salsa so I think I would love this gazpacho!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2012 - 11:55 pm

    Laura (Tutti Dolci) - What a refreshing dish for late summer! I love the textured topping.ReplyCancel

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