Monday, June 11, 2007

Chilled Watermelon-Cucumber Soup

There are few things more refreshing than sweet, juicy watermelon and cool, crunchy cucumber—two plants that belong to the same botanical family. Piri-piri chilies are available at Fairway.

1 small watermelon, cut into chunks, rind removed and seeded

2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped into 1-inch pieces

½ clove garlic, minced

1 piri-piri chile, minced (remove seeds for less spice)

Juice of half a lemon

2 Tb olive oil

Salt and white pepper to taste

In a blender or food processor, combine the first six ingredients and blend until smooth. Season to taste. Chill soup in the fridge. If desired, garnish with a slice of grilled melon or shrimp seviche to serve.

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