Watermelon and feta salad – in liquid form.
Yes, I missed her gazpacho-eating days.
Anne, my daughter, co-blogger and culinary muse, grew up in Colorado with a mom who made gazpacho (described here recently) and she downed it by the gallon.
I missed those years after she was placed for adoption. Turns out that I, too, was still a kid and had some growing up to do before I was capable of being the mom she deserved.
Since we reunited in 1999, Anne very graciously welcomed me into her life and we began cooking our way along, making up for lost time all the while chopping, stirring, braising. More importantly for purposes of this blog, we are both adventurous in the kitchen and love taking ordinary foods and tweaking them, making a whole new creation we never thought possible. Kind of like us.
So here, as a tribute to you Anne, is a fresh take on gazpacho made with the winning flavor combo of watermelon and feta. If you would have been in my kitchen with me today, I am certain we would have made this exact dish together. Tasting and laughing as we went.
I had leftover watermelon and thought of making a watermelon feta salad, which I have eaten many times in restaurants. But then I thought of Anne’s recent gazpacho post, and decided to throw caution to the wind and whirl a batch of gazpacho in my food processor.
This will surprise you – I mean, how could something that looks like salsa in a bowl taste sweet and summery and refreshing? Well, it just does.
Happy Fourth Everyone!
WATERMELON FETA GAZPACHO
8 cups of watermelon cubes
1 large English cucumber, chopped
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced cilantro
Juice and zest of one lime
Dash of cayenne pepper sauce
1 cup tomato juice (I used V-8, because I had it on hand)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
A Dash of sugar IF watermelon is not sweet enough
Place half of watermelon, cucumber, and all of the onion, cilantro and zest and juice of the lime in food processor and process until very smooth. Pour into serving bowl.
Place remaining ingredients into food processor and pulse until very small pieces. Add to serving bowl.
Stir in half of the feta.
At this point, taste and add salt, pepper or sugar as desired.
To serve, ladle into serving bowl and then sprinkle with remaining feta as a garnish.
other food bloggers do gazpachos:
Watermelon Gazpacho, Perfect Pantry
Gazpacho, Brown Eyed Baker
Confetti Gazpacho, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Watermelon Strawberry Gazpacho, Delicious Days
Delicious Gazpacho, Jungle Frog Cooking
Beat the Heat Gazpacho, Taste Food
— posted by Donna