Melon Gazpacho

From Bambara, a restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah.   While I was on vacation in the Rockies, I enjoyed these unusual flavors together – Enjoy!!

Serves 7

ingredients

  • 1/2 medium ripe seedless red watermelon, peeled diced into 2 inch cubes
  • 4 cucumbers, peeled, seeds removed, diced into 1/8 inch cubes
  • 2-3 fresh Fresno Chili Peppers (red Jalapenos), seeds removed, diced in 1/16 inch cubes
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh Cilantro leaves removed from stems, and chopped
  • 1 fluid ounce raspberry vinegar
  • 3/4 ounces Fresh Basil stems removed, chopped
  • 1 1/2 fluid ounces extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and Fresh ground black peppercorns to taste

preparation

  1. Puree in a blender half the quantity of the watermelon and 1/4 of the cucumbers until almost smooth
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir, refrigerate for one hour.
  3. Serve in chilled bowls, garnished with several drops of extra virgin olive oil.

Accompaniments: sour cream and chopped fresh cilantro

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