Recipe 7 of my 100 Healthy Recipes Challenge: Beat the heat with this refreshing Cold Pink Watermelon Gazpacho with Tomato, Mint and with Basil Oil – Just right for summer. The flavours of watermelon, tomato and cucumber and honey meld together into a mildly sweet soup with just enough tartness added in from the yogurt and lime juice, and a bout of freshness from the parsley and mint.
This is one of my favourite cold soups, the pretty pink Watermelon gazpacho flavoured with home made basil oil and with fresh herbs. Red ripe tomatoes will help to give the pink colour to the Watermelon Gazpacho. I have used heirloom tomatoes of a darker hue, some greenish, some brown, in the image above, and red tomatoes in the image below – you can see the difference in colour.
The Tomatoes, Parsley, Cucumber and Basil were all purchased by me from First Agro Farms and Sakura Fresh. These zero pesticide vegetables and herbs enhance the health quotient and cancer fighting properties of this delicious Chilled Soup.
For the recipe for my homemade Basil oil for flavouring the Pink Watermelon Gazpacho, check out this link here. It takes just a few minutes and 3 ingredients (including salt) to make the Basil Oil, and it adds a lovely flavour to the soup.
This summer I am adding to my repertoire of Gazpachos. It is really too hot to cook and I find these cold soups refreshing as well as nutritious. And all of them are easy to make – set out all the ingredients, slice the vegetables and puree everything together, and chill!
Did you see my recipe post for Green Cucumber and Spinach Gazpacho last week? With the goodness of olive oil, yogurt and walnuts, it tasted absolutely yum! For the recipe, click here
Another Cold Soup for Summer: Ajo Blanco – a Delicious soothing Chilled White Grape Gazpacho. For my recipe, click here.