Meatless Monday: Watermelon Gazpacho
Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. Eating 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).
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.