Watermelon Gazpacho & Summertime & Things Too Good Not To Share

A good friend shared this recipe with me a few years ago and I still love it! I always look forward to summer and the juicy, red, ripe watermelon it brings, so I can enjoy this refreshing soup once again. I also love thinking about my friend and our friendship while I’m making it. That’s a bonus!

I’ve loved cooking since I was a young woman and I’ve owned many cookbooks in my life, but most of my favorite recipes over the years have come from friends…friends who have delighted in a recipe and have shared that delight by passing it on.

I’ve heard of people not wanting to share a recipe because it was a “secret recipe”, but I have never understood that way of thinking. My father was an artist who taught many students and his students were always pleasantly surprised when he shared every little secret he had learned while practicing his art. He felt there were some things, like his painting secrets, that were just too good not to share.

I feel the same way, and I believe that if we don’t share we lose out on all the fun, our world becomes smaller, and important things like our stories, our feelings, our love, and our recipes, are all lost when we make that last journey home.

I hope you’ll enjoy this soup as much as I do, and I hope you’ll share the recipe, and maybe a story along with it, because there are some things that are just too good not to share!

Watermelon Gazpacho
Refreshing, Cooling and…..Healthy!

4 Cups watermelon, seeded and puréed in a blender
1 Cup tomato, diced small (about two medium tomatoes)
1 Cup peeled, diced small baby cucumbers (about 3 or 4)
1/2 Cup diced small red or yellow or orange pepper
2-3 TBSP. fresh lime juice
1 small handful of cilantro leaves, chopped
1 TSP. minced ginger
1/2 small jalapeño, seeded and minced (optional)
1 green onion, minced
1 TSP. sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl, stir well, and chill!

If you don’t have to a food processor check out the 2 cup Ninja express chopper for about $20 at Target. It makes short work of this recipe.

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