Watermelon Rhubarb Gazpacho

Cool off this summery with a crisp watermelon and rhubarb gazpacho. This would be fantastic garnished with some crumbled feta. You could also add vodka for a spin on the classic Bloody Mary mix. Trust me!

Rhubarb watermelon gazpacho

Every year around this time gazpacho recipes start flooding my Pinterest feed. Gazpacho is a soup made with raw vegetables and served cold or at room temperature. Not only did the idea of cold soup never appeal to me, but I also never really understood the gazpacho craze. I mean, how is a raw, cold soup different from a smoothie? I didn’t get it.

Flashback to last weekend. I met my girlfriend at The Green City Market for breakfast and as we were walking around the market, I noticed booth after booth with piles of rhubarb. I’ve never had rhubarb so I bought some figuring the internet would tell me the best way to use it.

Rhubarb

First, I stumbled upon a recipe for Chipotle Rhubarb Salsa from Naturally Ella. Her blog led me to this recipe for Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce from Local Kitchen. Then, I found this recipe for Blueberry-Rhubarb Granita from Poor Girl Eats Well and my wheels started turning. Isn’t the internet wonderful?

I sliced a small piece off of the end of my rhubarb stalk and tasted it. It was tart and reminded me a lime. I liked the idea of a salsa, but I also liked the idea of a granita so I thought, “What about a gazpacho?” Since I’d never had gazpacho before, I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing, but I figured how hard can it be? All you are doing is puréeing a bunch of raw veggies!

Watermelon Rhubarb Gazpacho

Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would work on the first try (Seriously, when does that happen?!), especially since I didn’t have any strawberries on hand and strawberries are pretty much the only thing I see consistently paired with rhubarb. I knew I needed something sweet to offset the tartness of the rhubarb so I used watermelon because it is what I had on hand. I placed all of my ingredients in my trusty VitaMix and after two minutes I took a taste and wondered where gazpacho has been all my life! Now, I get it. 

The result is a sweet, but spicy soup that would make an excellent first course at summer dinner party. It’s doesn’t resemble a smoothie at all and it would be excellent garnished with feta or fresh mint. I was super bummed I didn’t have either on hand, I will not make that mistake next time. 

If you aren’t on the gazpacho train yet, that’s ok. I understand. Make this anyway and add vodka because I also think it would make a KILLER Bloody Mary mix!

Watermelon and Rhubarb Gazpacho
Serves 4
Cool off with this summery gazpacho or add vodka for a spin on the classic Bloody Mary mix!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups chopped rhubarb, about 3 stalks
  2. 1 red pepper, chopped
  3. 4 cups watermelon, chopped
  4. 1/2 habanero (*optional, see note at the bottom of this recipe)
  5. 2 tablespoons shallot, finely chopped
  6. 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar per serving (for finishing)
Instructions
  1. Coarsely chop watermelon and red pepper and add to a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. If using, add habanero. Finely chop the shallot and add 2 tablespoons to the blender or food processor.
  3. Bring a small pot of water to boil. Roughly chop rhubarb into 1/2 inch slices and soften in boiling water for about 3 minutes. Strain and add rhubarb to the blender or food processor.
  4. Blend on high for 2 minutes or until smooth.
To serve
  1. Divide soup into bowls and finish each with 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar.
  2. You can garnish with any left over shallot or feta if you have it on hand. I didn't and I was super sad about it!
Notes
  1. I have an extremely high tolerance for heat and spice, which is why I used a habanero. If you do not like things spicy, you can remove the habanero seeds, substitute with a jalapeño, or omit it completely.
Cucina Kristina http://cucinakristina.com/

2 Comments on Watermelon Rhubarb Gazpacho

    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      June 11, 2014 at 10:28 am (1 year ago)

      I’m using a Canon Rebel. I love it! It helps that winter is over and I have more than 5 seconds of daylight to shoot photos. :)

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