On the Back Porch and Watermelon Gazpacho!

Watermelon Gazpacho

I’m on the Back Porch trying to beat the heat,

 and staying cool with Watermelon Gazpacho!

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Refreshing, light, and flavorful for the summertime.

Best of all, no oven required and you can mix up a small batch of this gazpacho, altering the ingredients to your taste!

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Watermelon Gazpacho,

adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients

*5 cups peeled, seeded, and roughly chopped watermelon, plus 1 cup finely chopped

*1/2 cup cranberry juice

1 cup peeled, seeded, and diced cucumber (I used an English cucumber, no seeding or peeling needed)

1 cup diced celery (I used 1/2 cup)

3/4 cup diced red bell pepper

1/4 cup diced red onion

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, minced

1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced

Juice of 1 lime

1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar (I substituted white balsamic vinegar)

1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper, minced

* I added additional watermelon (chopped slightly larger) so the gazpacho had a little more texture, along with more cranberry juice until I had desired consistency for us.

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Directions

Combine 5 cups watermelon and the cranberry juice in a blender or food processor, and puree until mixture is smooth. Pass through a fine sieve into a large bowl, discarding pulp to give you approximately 3 cups of strained liquid.

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Add cucumber, celery, bell pepper, onion, herbs, lime juice, vinegar, jalapeno, and remaining chopped melon to watermelon liquid, and stir to combine. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator until soup is well chilled, at least 1 hour. Serve, or store in refrigerator up to 1 day.

You can find a printable recipe, here.

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I skewered blackberries and cubes of watermelon on bamboo knots picks (World Market) to garnish the jars for serving! Serve your gazpacho in glasses, jars, or even shot glasses for shooter/ appetizer servings if your fruit and veggies are a fine dice.

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highly recommend adding some feta cheese crumbles to this watermelon gazpacho (and didn’t get a picture of). The creamy, salty cheese is the perfect partner to the sweet, juicy melon!

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Porch Details:

Very Berry Tablecloth by Moda/ Amazon

Flatware/ Pottery Barn

Red Marble Enamelware, Crow Canyon Home/ Mast General Store

Jars by Ball :)

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I hope you’re staying cool and

finding ways to beat the heat!

Anita Cedar Hill Farmhouse Porch

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  14 comments for “On the Back Porch and Watermelon Gazpacho!

  1. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    July 18, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Sounds very tasty and perfect for hot weather Mary! Lovin’ your vintage style tablecloth, great colors and so cute:@)

  2. July 18, 2014 at 7:15 am

    What a perfectly cool and delicious gazpacho for summer, Mary! I love your pretty vintage-style tablecloth, and your potting shed looks like a relaxing spot. Happy weekend!

  3. July 18, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Oops, I just realized that it’s your back porch and not your potting shed porch!! It’s all so pretty

  4. July 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Summertime = hot and humid = watermelon!!!!!! YeeHaw!!!!!

  5. July 18, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Great summer cooler! I love water melon and the gazpacho sounds perfect for a summer meal starter. Thanks for sharing.🍉

  6. July 18, 2014 at 10:26 am

    BEAUTIFUL! I love the idea of watermelon gazpacho! Very yummy!

  7. July 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I make watermelon gazpacho but have never thought of adding cranberry juice…will do next time.

    Love the use of that old wooden ironing board shown in the Cedar Hill Farmhouse porch!

  8. July 18, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Hi Mary, This sounds like a delightful way to quench a thirst on a hot day, or even use as a salsa! I was very tempted by that tablecloth but I choose another one to add to my linen collection. Yours looks so cute that I may have to rethink my choice! By the way, I really enjoyed your feature at Cedar Hill today! It’s always fun to learn more about my blogging friends. Linda

  9. July 18, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    The gazpacho sounds wonderful I will have to try it. I made the other one with tomatoes and it was really good and so refreshing on a hot summer day.
    thanks for the recipe.
    Mary

  10. July 18, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I did visit over at Anitas. I love the idea of adding the feta! Have a great weekend.

  11. July 19, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I’m not really a big fan of gazpacho, but if it had cranberry and watermelon in it I would probably love it! What a great twist on a summer recipe~ I did go over to Cedar Hill Ranch and really enjoyed your interview~ I didn’t know you had an art degree! Of course, with your great sense of design and style I am not surprised~ taking a photography class is at the top of my to do list. I can totally relate to so much of what you shared at Anita’s, I guess that’s why I have always felt so comfortable visiting your lakeside paradise! Thanks for bringing so much beauty, fun and wagging tails to blogland :)
    Jenna

  12. July 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Oh my gosh! I have several large watermelons sitting in the garden so I must try this. I made some regular gazpacho day before yesterday and we’re still eating on it! I hopped on over to read your feature and I just want to say that I’m so glad you picked up a camera again!

  13. July 19, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Love this! I have had a similar recipe to try but the opposite problem as you, ITS TO COLD HERE! There is no summer on the coast, it’s always winter, we’ve been eating chicken pot pie and chili…

    Love the red and white metal too~

    So are you stashing away any picnics yet, 4 down for me ;-)

  14. July 24, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I love gazpacho – one of my favourite summer soups – and I’m loving this refreshing take on a classic. Beautifully presented too :-)
    Visiting from Foodie Friday – hope you have a great weekend.

Thanks for your comments~ they make my day :)

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