Meatless Monday: Watermelon Gazpacho

By: Mallory Stuchin
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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Are you a soup person? You either love it or hate it and, most likely, you’ll instinctively announce your chosen camp. This fruity gazpacho is for the pros — the soup lovers who puree with vigor and slurp in solidarity. Sweet, ripe watermelon, tomatoes, serrano chiles and cucumbers are blended until smooth, forming a vibrant, refreshing stew that will make wonder why you weren’t eating this dish all summer. Crumbled feta cheese and a sprinkle of dill offer a hint of tang, while a few extra cubes of watermelon lend satisfying body to the overall dish. And since the entire recipe comes together in just 15 minutes, it’s the perfect last-minute dinner for a hot summer night (or for convincing soup foes to come around).

1 large tomato, pureed
1/2 serrano chile
2 cups cubed fresh watermelon
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1/2 cucumber, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh dill, plus more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

In a blender, puree the tomatoes, chile, and 1/2 of the watermelon. Pour in the red wine vinegar and olive oil and pulse. Add the onion, cucumber and dill and season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour into chilled bowls and sprinkle with dill, feta, and remaining watermelon. Serve.

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