Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon is a used in Chinese Dietary Therapy to help cool the body and relieve thirst.  This recipe uses both Watermelon and cucumber together, which can help to beat the heat on hot summer days.


8 cups 1/4-inch-diced watermelon

1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and finely diced

1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoons minced shallot

2 medium garlic cloves, minced

3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

3/4 teaspoon salt

Black pepper to taste


Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Puree about half of the mixture in a blender or food processor to the desired smoothness. Stir in the remaining diced mixture.

Chill for at least one hour, to allow flavors to combine, and stir well before serving.

Serve chilled and enjoy!