I love this tangy and refreshing soup in the summer! You can serve it as a light lunch or serve it as an appetizer at your next summer BBQ. This is my version of the recipe I recently found in The NY Times from Chef Brian Streeter at Cakebread Cellers. Here it is!
Serves 8 (or 12 if appetizer portions)
1 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped*
3 cups watermelon, cut in 1 inch cubes
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1/2 large red pepper, coarsely chopped
1/2 bulb fennel, coarsely chopped
1/4 – 1/2 small red onion, coarsely chopped
2 T. Extra virgin Olive Oil
3 T sherry vinegar, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 T finely diced watermelon (optional for garnish)
- To make tomatoes easy to peel, fill a medium pot with water and bring to a boil. Fill a separate bowl with cold water and a few ice cubes to create an ice bath while water boils. Make a small X with a sharp knife in the bottom of the tomatoes just enough to penetrate the skin. Gently place the tomatoes in the boiling water and boil for 1 minute. Remove the tomatoes from the pot and place in the ice bath. You can now easily peel the tomatoes. Next, seed and coarsely chopped them and place in a large bowl. Place all the other fruits and vegetables in the large bowl together.
- In a blender, in batches, puree all the ingredients except the last two ingredients (salt and watermelon garnish). add a little bit of ice water (about 1 cup) to achieve a soup-like consistency. Season with salt, taste and add a little more vinegar if necessary. Chill Thoroughly.
- Divide the soup among eight cold bowls or 12 small appetizer cups. Garnish each serving with a spoonful f diced watermelon. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil if desired and serve.