Fruity Gazpacho

Two recipes today, both really show off summer's best fruits! First, an unusual savory-sweet soup I call "Fruity Gazpacho" that's good as an appetizer, an entrée, or truly, even a dessert. It mixes healthy summer fruits and vegetables and is positively fresh and delicious. Make sure to make room in your fridge for a batch this summer! Next, a light and summery fruit salad, sweetened with no more than a little sugar and fresh mint.
Fruity Gazpacho ♥ KitchenParade.com, an arrestingly bright green colorful fruit 'n' vegetable chilled soup that's good as a starter, an entrée, even a dessert. Positively fresh and delicious. Vegan. Whole30. Gluten Free. Paleo.

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How I Became a Seasonal Cook, Way Back When.

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. “Ohhhh,” 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. Fruity Gazpacho 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!

So Many Ways to Make Gazpacho!
But Only When It's Hot-Hot-Hot, Okay?


Tomato Gazpacho ♥ AVeggieVenture.com, the classic chilled Spanish soup, so special every year. Low Carb. WW Friendly.

The most authentic Spanish gazpacho is made with tomatoes and other fresh, ripe summer vegetables. I promise myself a giant batch of Tomato Gazpacho every year, it's one of A Veggie Venture's top summer recipes!

But apparently I also love the fruit 'n' veggie combination gazpachos since over the years, I have collected three recipes!

Summer Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint


Summer Fruit Salad, another simple fruit salad ♥ KitchenParade.com, just summer fruits sweetened with sugar and fresh mint.

At its peak, summer fruit requires no adornment. Summer Fruit Salad is sweetened with no more than a little sugar and fresh mint. It's a simple combination, really just nudging you to mix summer fruit with sugar and fresh mint, ground together. So good! Here's the info, not a recipe per se, just an idea to make your own, Summer Fruit Salad.



READER RECIPE: FRUITY GAZPACHO

A starter, entrée or … dessert!
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Makes 5 cups
    GAZPACHO
  • 1/2 a honeydew melon, skin washed well before cutting, skin sliced off, melon 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
    GARNISH
  • Quartered grapes and diced cucumber, pepper and avocado or lime slices, optional

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

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. But a double batch is too big for even my large food processor. 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.
NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cup (Freestyle assumes chopped up like a fruit salad, see Make It Freestyle Friendly below): 102 Calories; 2g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 26mg Sodium; 22g Carb; 3g Fiber; 17g Sugar; 2g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 2 & PointsPlus 3 & SmartPoints 5 & Freestyle 1
MAKE IT FREESTYLE FRIENDLY So here's the thing. At first glance, Fruity Gazpacho's ingredient list makes our eyes light up! Every ingredient (save the avocado, which is optional) qualifies as "free" in Weight Watchers' Freestyle program. But Weight Watchers applies an important asterisk to fruit in Freestyle: whole fruit and unsweetened fruit salads are free but smoothies are not free. And while Fruity Gazpacho isn't a smoothie, per se, it is blended fruit and that's the worry, that by puréeing the fruit, fruit's usual impact on satiety and sugars is shot. (And that's without the whole thing about Rethinking Fruit for Weight Watchers, which has an enormous impact on my litmus-test-of-one ability to actively lose weight while eating fruit at all, let alone free fruit.) So. To make Fruity Gazpacho Freestyle friendly, I'd chop it up like a fruit salad. To make the jalepeño distribute well, I'd mince it really small, maybe even in a mini food processor with a few grapes and the parsley, to create a "binder" of sorts to hold the fruit salad together. What do you think, Weight Watchers, is this a good solution? Me, I'm going to enjoy it as is but count the SmartPoints.



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.


More Cold Soups for Summer

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Cantaloupe-Tomato Gazpacho Cold & Creamy Cantaloupe Soup Vichyssoise
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Comments

  1. 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

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  2. I do trust you and I think it sounds great.

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  3. Ok ... I trust you!

    Love the plate too!

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  4. Wow, I'm bookmarking this one right now!

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  5. Such a pretty color! I think it sounds like a great starter for an outdoor party.

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  6. I'm always intruiged if I can't imagine how something will taste...this one is pretty far out!

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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!

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  9. 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

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  10. 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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  11. Looking made me think green tomatoes or tomatillos ... but oh my I do love the look of that FRUITY GAZPACHO!

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  12. Tanna ~ Tomatillos would be a great addition to Fruity Gazpacho. And you know what I’m thinking? Wouldn’t it be even prettier with a few blueberries on top to set off the green? Next time!

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