Fruit soup is a delicate balancing act — you want the sweetness of the fruit but you also want to balance that sweetness with a little acid and piquant heat. I think I accomplished just that for this month’s 5 Star Makeover Challenge: chilled soup.
This is such a quick and easy dish. It’s perfect for summer entertaining because it’s refreshing and light … a tantalizing tease for what follows.
And, it’s a NO-COOK soup. All you need is a blender and 10 minutes to prep. It can then be served immediately or chilled, but keep the 2 components separate until you’re ready to serve.
Serving Tip: To avoid soup splash up the side of the bowl and to center the drizzle, use funnels. A chopstick works well to spread the drizzle.
Ingredients for Watermelon Soup
2 cups watermelon chopped
1 tbs red onion minced
1 small clove of garlic minced
1/2 lime juiced
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp malt vinegar sea salt (or a splash of vinegar and a dash of salt)
liberal grind of black pepper
The cilantro mix was pre-made and stored in the freezer, but apparently it wasn’t something I did for the blog because I can’t find a recipe. At the time I froze it, I labeled the container “cilantro pesto”. But, it’s not exactly pesto. From what I tasted (and knowing my customary food pairings), the following ingredients (blended to your taste) would work well.
Ingredients for Cilantro Drizzle
red chili flakes
Don’t forget the entire cooking group’s posts will be published Friday here. I can’t wait to see what everyone did. Thank you, Natasha and Laz, for coming up with fun challenges month-after-month. What’s next?
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