Watermelon Gazpacho

As much as we love to spend time in the kitchen, this time of the year we prefer to stay outside. So when we are inside, preparing a meal, we usually make a short story out of it. Throw some salad in a bowl or blend a few vegetables into a soup.

One of the things that we’ve been quite obsessed about this summer is Gazpacho. We’ve tried different recipes every time; a classic recipe, a mango version, a white gazpacho (we might actually make a post of that too) … But the gazpacho that stayed in our mind was the one where watermelon replaced the tomato juice. It made it a little sweeter and a lot fresher than a classic recipe. And it is super easy to make: chop, blend, freeze, eat.

We served it in small glasses and had as a starter, but you could just as well put it in bowls and have it as a light dinner, maybe together with a slice of our lemon spelt bread?

Before we move on to the recipe I just want to say that I love these pictures! This time my talented sister helped us out and we took them in the evening sun. She works as a photographer, shooting for both glossy travel magazines and cool literary magazines. She has also been my photographic mentor, teaching me about natural light, reflectors and raw format. And when she helps us out she always seems to not only make the food look great but also catch that vibrant feeling.

Watermelon Gazpacho (adapted from simple blueprint)
Serves 8 as a starter or 4 as a dinner

6 cups watermelon, seeded and diced in 1-inch dices
2 stalks celery, chopped
3 medium size tomatoes, roughly chopped
1/2 cucumber, roughly chopped
2 red bell peppers, roughly chopped
fresh ginger, about 1 inch, peeled and minced
1/2 chili pepper
juice from 2 limes
handfull of fresh basil
salt & black pepper

Put 5-6 dices of the watermelon and a couple of celery pieces in each of the 8 glasses. Pour the rest of it in a blender or a food processor together with all the other ingredients. Pulse it until it’s got soup consistency, taste it and add more salt & pepper if needed. Divide it in the glasses and set them in the freezer or fridge (depending on how soon you serve it), it should be cold but not frozen. Serve with a thin slice of watermelon attached to the glass.

Photos by: Johanna Frenkel


  • Mina
    We have just tried this recipe and everyone loved it, including my toddler.
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    This recipe didn't work for me and my husband. we followed each and every one of the directions, but it ended up green and nothing like the picture...
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  • just added every ingredient to the list for the farmers' market trip. maybe I'll make a hibiscus drink with soda water, lime juice and ginger to match in color and some flavors. the hibiscus could replicate color of the watermelon, but won't steal its thunder from the soup. so inspired and beyond thrilled that I stumbled on your blog!
    • Oh wow, that hibiscus drink sure sounds yummy! But what kind of hibiscus do you use, a ready made juice, tea or dried? /David
  • oh how fun! love that you adapted my gazpacho! I will have to try this one out next time, sounds yummie! ;)
  • This sounds wonderful and refreshing. I had a lovely strawberry and crab gazpacho in a restaurant last summer and loved it. I can't wait to try this! Also, your pictures are gorgeous!
  • These photos are beautiful. Watermelons are perfect for the Summer. I was playing with one today. This recipe sounds delightful for all the really hot weather.
  • What vibrant photos! The very name of the recipe sounded good but with those bright colors it's totally refreshing.
  • I love this watermelon/summertime recipe!! Love your photography! I hope you will submit this (and more) to http://www.FindingVegan.com ~Kathy
  • Wonderful fresh photos (and soup)- wish I could understand your sister's blog!
  • bo
    wonderful photo blog, what is the name of the blog theme you are using?
    • Hi bo! We use a wordpress theme called autofocus. We have done a few tweaks here and there but it basically looks likes this right away. /David
  • Oh David, you made the Watermelon Gazpacho! Brilliant! Looks absolutely lovely! I would definitely add a generous shot of Vodka to that, haha! Looks like a perfect savoury cocktail!
    • Haha! Yes, a shot of vodka would probably make it to a pretty good savoury cocktail. It would be a Not Very Bloody Mary, right ;)
  • Thanks for visiting my blog, leading me to yours. Wow! I love your space. The design and recipes are amazing! This watermelon gazpacho is a must try. Looks so beautiful and refreshing!
  • I have never made gazpacho, but I have a soft soft for watermelon-anything. This just scream summer to me. Perfect!
  • Thanks David! :) But I think you take just as lovely pictures without my help!
  • Oh my does this look delicious! I've never tried making gazpacho, but I really, really want to. Would love to hear about your white gazpacho, too. I also don't know what chili fruit is :)
    • Hi Chelsea & Nicole: I don't know why I wrote chili fruit, it's kind of Swenglish, right? What I meant was chili pepper or jalapeno. Thanks for pointing it out, I'll change it in the recipe too.
  • Chelsea
    This looks amazing! What is a chili fruit?
    • Winnie
      Chili pepper not fruit
  • Gorgeous photos, as always! Looks so fresh & yummy!
  • I haven't had gazpecho since last year. It's a favorite for my daughter and myself. Watermelon, tomatoes,cucumbers, peppers are ripening in the garden, so I know I'll get around to making it soon. I'm having so much fun using whipping up delicious meals with our garden produce.
  • I am all about less time in the kitchen and more time outside especially in the summer time :) I've been on a gazpacho kick myself! What a fabulous way to eat raw veggies....this recipe has been bookmarked and will be made soon! Thank you.
  • With just a few pictures you have cooled me down on this brutally hot day. Thank you! I'm such a fan of gazpacho and am always looking for new recipes to try. A fantastic post and your photos are stunning!

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