Golden Kiss Melon Avocado Gazpacho

Most of us think that tomatoes are the star of the chilled Spanish soup called Gazpacho -- and that is traditionally the case.

But for some variety and fun, why not use other wonderful fruits at the peak of their season to make gazpacho?

The vibrant orange flesh of a Golden Kiss melon makes for an absolutely stunning summer soup! This melon purées beautifully and its sweetness is delectable when paired with a creamy avocado!

This Golden Kiss Melon Avocado Gazpacho is a beautiful first course for a dinner party, a wonderful light lunch, or a lovely mid-day snack!

Golden Kiss Melon Avocado Gazpacho Recipe:

Serves 6 to 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus chilling time

8 cups roughly chopped Golden Kiss melon (about 1 large melon)

1/3 cup roughly chopped shallots

1/4 cup roughly chopped jalapeño pepper, seeds removed

1 tablespoon roughly chopped garlic, roots removed

2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup diced avocado

1. Remove about 1/2 cup of the melon and cut into a small dice. Set aside.

2. Place the remaining 7-1/2 cups of melon, shallots, jalapeño, and garlic, in a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and purée until it's as smooth as possible. Add the vinegar, lemon juice, and salt, and blend for another few seconds until everything is incorporated.

3. Pour the mixture into a large mixing bowl and add the diced avocado and melon. Stir gently to combine.

4. Refrigerate the gazpacho until well chilled, at least 1 hour.

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