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Really ‘Cool': Watermelon Soup with Cilantro Drizzle

June 27, 2012 by Joan Nova in "Foodie" Activities, 5 Star Foodie Makeover Cooking Group, Appetizers, Blogging, Finishing Touches, Food Challenge, Marrying Flavors, Party Food, Soup | 23 Comments

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
handful cilantro
olive oil
cider vinegar
red chili flakes


  • Pulse both components separately in blender .
  • Yields 2 small bowls or 4-6 shooters.

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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  1. I just love the shot glasses….A perfect Summer soup for a lazy hot day.

    It’s funny how we always find a little surprise in our frezeer that comes in handy as this pesto did.

    5 estrellas Baby!
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  2. Maya says:

    I love your glasses and your brilliant serving tip! I always have a problem pouring liquids neatly into glasses. Your soup looks amazing!

  3. Faith says:

    Looks like a delicious chilled soup! I love the use of watermelon, how refreshing!
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  4. I use funnels all the time, and never think of telling about it. Well done. The soup looks delicious and would be, too! I only wish I would scrounge in my freezer and USE the stuff in there. That is definitely a goal. I freeze the most amazing stuff, and then never seem to use it again.
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  5. Wow, Joan. I adore cold soups and this is a definite winner. I like the idea of the tiny amount of red onion. And thanks for the tip about using a funnel. I always have splash from my soups and didn’t know how to correct it. Now if I can just find the right size funnel…
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  6. Lori Lynn says:

    Awesome Joan! Fabulous color. Fabulous photos. So crisp!
    Great tips too, thanks!
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  7. The drizzle sounds drinkable alone! Great job, Joan. Glad for you being able to make it work.

  8. Shannon says:

    those soup shooters are beautiful! and good tip for the drizzle ;) i’d happily slurp this one up!
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  9. you really are creative! and such an elegant summer pleaser
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  10. really nice soups and the cilantro drizzle sounds divine. Great presentation too.

  11. A beautiful combination! Loving the cilantro drizzle! Gorgeous presentations in the shots!

  12. Great combination, perfect for a sunny day

  13. Watermelon makes a great soup, but especially when spiced up like this. I threw vinegar in my cantaloupe soup too, but didn’t post that ingredient, because you have to get it just right, so I was glad to see you did it too. (Need that acid).
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  14. Looks like you’re def enjoying the summer with all this watermelon Joan! This is sensational! It looks so refreshing and I love the Nova touch by serving it in those cute shot glasses!
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  15. First off – right you are fruit soups are tricky and all about the balance.

    Second of your cilantro drizzle is killah!

    And third – those shot glasses? DROOOLLL!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
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  16. deana sidney says:

    Looks like you and Trix had shooters in mind with your soups. A great way to eat something cold and spicy. You have made a great soup, wonderful flavors and I just loved the textures, colors and shapes of the photo… gorgeous.
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  17. Marisa says:

    Lovely soup! Great flavors, great color, and I love the cilantro drizzle on top.

  18. I love this. Cold soups are one of my favorite summertime treats. Can’t wait to try yours!

  19. Victoria says:

    What an amazing color! I wouldn’t have expected this was watermelon because the color is so orange, but it’s a great surprise! I love the drizzle on top as well.

  20. Tanantha says:

    That was watermelon soup? I would have thought it was carrot soup haha. Love the vibrant color and how wonderful use of watermelon, Joan!
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  21. Laz says:

    Simple, flavorful, smart and visually appealing. Marvelous job my friend.

  22. The cilantro drizzle sound like such a beautiful component here…lovey flavors Joan! And love the funnel tip as well :)

  23. Kelsey Deluise says:

    I can almost smell the wonderful flavours from these. Great recipe and I’ll be sure to try it over the summer months.
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