Fruity Gazpacho

Two recipes that let summer's best fruit star. First, an unusual savory-sweet soup I call 'Fruity Gazpacho' that's good as an appetizer, an entrée, even a dessert. It mixes fruits and vegetables and is positively fresh and delicious. Next up, a light and summery fruit salad, sweetened with no more than a little sugar and fresh mint.

Fruity Gazpacho

Blame the gazpacho.

Yes, it was a bowl of tomato-y, onion-y, pepper-y soup that heaved my culinary style into the camp called seasonal fare.

Setting: A basement meeting room in a downtown hotel in Kansas City.

Time: November, not the unseasonably warm and sunny golden days that Missourians love but an unseasonably wet and bone-chilling day that Missourians dread.

By noon, the group was shivering and starved, happy to move just to generate heat, better yet to hunt up lunch in the next room.

Waiting there were big bowls of soup. “Ooo,” we thought. “Something warm.” But instead the soup was cold, spicy gazpacho, a summer specialty. Not a spoonful was eaten.

So make it hot soup in November. But on a steamy summer day, cold soup is refreshing and soothing. This is a new-this-summer favorite shared by a Webster Groves reader who reports that her young sons eat it up.

It’s savory enough for a starter, hearty enough for a main dish and sweet enough for a dessert – really!

ALANNA's TIPS Fruity Gazpacho holds its taste and color in the fridge for several days so don’t hesitate to make two batches one after the other to use up the cucumber, pepper and avocado. If you’re watching calories closely, the avocado creates a creamier texture but isn’t essential. I've learned the hard way to pull out the food processor: my low-power blender doesn't have enough power to blend this mixture. It might do better if the melon and vegetables were cut into small pieces.

READER RECIPE: FRUITY GAZPACHO

A starter, entrée or … dessert!
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Makes 5 cups
  • 1/2 a honeydew melon, skin washed well before cutting, cut into large pieces
  • 2 cups green grapes
  • 1/2 a cucumber, preferably English, peeled and seeded if not
  • 1/2 a green pepper
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds & membrane removed
  • Zest & juice (about 1 tablespoon) of a lime
  • 2 tablespoons Italian parsley
  • Optional, quartered grapes and diced cucumber, pepper and avocado or lime slices for garnish

Mix all the ingredients in a food processor (see TIPS) until smooth. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Cup: 135 Caloriesl; 3g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 29g Carb; 3g Fiber; 30mg Sodium; 0mg Cholesterol; Weigh Watchers 2 points



SUMMER FRUIT SALAD

Lovely flavor, texture and color contrast
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
  • Blackberries or cherries
  • Green grapes
  • Peaches, chopped
  • Other fresh fruit, to taste
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Gently combine the fruit. Whiz the mint and sugar in a food processor and sprinkle over the fruit.

At its peak, summer fruit requires no adornment. This Summer Fruit Salad is sweetened with no more than a little sugar and fresh mint.

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Hi Alanna, what a great recipe ! This is the kind I like - unusual combinations with a kick. I will put this on my to-do list and make it after my weekly visit to the market. Have a perfect summer weekend ! angelika
 
I do trust you and I think it sounds great.
 
Ok ... I trust you!

Love the plate too!
 
Wow, I'm bookmarking this one right now!
 
Such a pretty color! I think it sounds like a great starter for an outdoor party.
 
I'm always intruiged if I can't imagine how something will taste...this one is pretty far out!
 
I sometimes find that people are put of by cold soups, especially if they have fruit in them. But, they aren't excessively sweet and people would find them very refreshing, if they gave them a try. Your recipe looks wonderful.
 
The interesting thing about this unusual combination is that it doesn't taste 'weird' like fusion foods some times can. For me it's like peacherry ... like God somehow missed the great something that happens when you combine peaches and cherries. I hope you'll try: and report in!
 
Hi Alanna,
Visited your blog for the first time today. Liked your Summer fruit salad idea. Have some fresh mint in the fridge right now. So will try out your fruit salad today
 
Alanna - you have the best recipes, and I love that you have the points values; but you also have a great name :) Thanks for sharing!
 

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