When summer arrives, watermelons begin to be seen everywhere, making it impossible to ignore their great nutritional and hydrating value. All this makes it the ideal fruit for any occasion, be it a first course or dessert. This watermelon gazpacho recipe belongs to vegetarian food dishes , being consumed mainly during the summer and is usually served as an entrance to diners.

It is a very simple option , a blender and 5-10 minutes is enough to make a refreshing dish perfect for any occasion. Compared to the original gazpacho , this dish uses less water, since watermelon is a fruit whose composition is almost entirely water. It also does not take bread and uses little oil.

The difficulty of the dish is categorized as a quick and easy preparation, as well as having a low cost. Who is encouraged to try it?

Ingredients for a delicious watermelon gazpacho recipe

The following amount is enough for approximately 4 glasses, so the number of diners must be taken into account.

  • The main ingredient, ½ kg. of watermelon without skin.
  • 35 gr. of onion.
  • 600 gr. tomato branch.
  • 40 gr. of green pepper.
  • Water to taste if necessary.
  • 2/3 of a teaspoon of salt, or else add to taste.
  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 small garlic clove.
  • Between 1 and 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, depending on the person’s taste.

Preparation of the watermelon gazpacho

The preparation of this dish is as easy as adding the chopped ingredients to a blender and grinding them looking for a homogeneous preparation. Ingredients can be added little by little, in case they do not all fit in the glass at the same time.

  • Ingredients should be washed thoroughly first.
  • Proceed to peel the onion well and cut approximately 35 grams. About 40 grams of green pepper and voila, the cuts can be large, it is not necessary to finely chop these ingredients.
  • It is necessary to peel the garlic and remove the germ from the center to avoid making the shake bitter.
  • The tomatoes are cut into pieces to facilitate the shake and everything is added to the glass to mix it.
  • The watermelon must be prepared, removing all the skin and seeds, cutting into several pieces of a normal size. Add the pieces to the blender and add the extra virgin olive oil, the teaspoons of vinegar, along with a pinch of salt to taste. It should be beaten for a few minutes until it is a completely homogeneous mixture.
  • Try the gazpacho and if you need water or salt add to taste, you can also add a little more vinegar.
  • Let it chill for a while in the fridge, at least a couple of hours to cool it down.
  • Before serving it should be stirred, since it is normal for the mixture to settle a little. Simply stir it with a spoon or tap it in the blender.

This recipe has some variations, such as those that add cucumber or beets for a different taste. It all depends on the taste of the person, being perfect for children or older adults, it is a drink full of beneficial properties, many vitamins and a great source of hydration.

It does not always require water to prepare, since the watermelon provides it almost entirely. If necessary, it should be added while stirring until it is thick enough.

Nutritional value of watermelon gazpacho

On the surface, a 100-gram serving provides approximately 18 kcal, 0.6 grams of protein, 4.5 grams of carbohydrates, 0.3 grams of fat and corresponds to a glycemic index of approximately 75 grams. It represents a great source of antioxidants and other macronutrients, which are increased with the presence of watermelon.

Considerations for preparing a watermelon gazpacho

To obtain approximately 500 gr. of watermelon, about 900 grams should be obtained, to remove the skin and the seeds correctly.

During preparation, you can strain the mixture at the beginning, at the third step, after beating the first vegetables. It is not recommended to do it at the end of the mixture since the fiber of the watermelon will be lost and the texture of the recipe will be lost.

For its storage, it is best to do it in the same glass as the blender, or otherwise avoid using a metal container as it can alter the flavor. In addition, in the first way, mixing is facilitated each time you want to serve a portion.

The normal thing is that the mixture separates in two phases, where the greater amount of water remains below and the rest above. Therefore it is important to mix before consumption.

Finally, if you want to drink immediately, it is best if the watermelon has been in the fridge, or else you can add a few ice cubes in the glass when mixing, to give it a more refreshing touch. Cold water can be used to complement this, as it does not need much water for its preparation, it ends up being an unlikely option.

From the hand of some experts, to taste a delicious recipe for watermelon gazpacho , you can add some shavings of Serrano ham on the surface, or batter and fry some prawns or prawns to place on top of the plate.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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