Beat the heat with this delicious Watermelon Gazpacho. A refreshing cold soup to cool you and your little ones down for this summer season.
Hey All. Did you know we just completed 3 years of Easy Baby Meals? I am so excited and thankful for all the love and support you all have been giving us throughout these years. Without you all, I think we wouldn’t exist. Things are looking good and again a heart felt thanks to each one of you. To celebrate the third year and summer time, today I have come up with a delicious cold soup recipe. My version of Watermelon Gazpacho is kids friendly, so you and your little ones can enjoy this refreshing soup together during meal time.
Gazpacho is traditionally made from raw vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices and is served cold. It is widely popular in Spain and is relished on any given hot summer day. For us in Arizona, cold soups are a life saver. Just a bowl of cold gazpacho helps replenish the loss of nutrients.
Watermelon Gazpacho usually has watermelon along with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, garlic, jalapenos etc. Since the soup is not cooked, the raw ingredients give out a very intense flavor, which is many times not accepted by kids. So in kids world at times gazpachos are frowned upon.Beat the summer heat with this Watermelon Gazpacho Click To Tweet
So I wanted to make a recipe which was totally kids friendly. Hence I came up with this version of Watermelon Gazpacho. I have used watermelon and fresh basil leaves as a base for the soup. I have added roasted cumin powder and garlic powder and little cilantro leave for just little flavor. I ran this through the food processor until it has the consistency of a puree. Little bit thickness is fine. I refrigerated this until it was chill. Then just before serving, I added shredded cucumber in the serving bowl, just to give it a more texture and also shredded cucumber worked as another coolant. According to my missy, shredded cucumbers are baby green noodles.
Finally, I added the chilled watermelon puree on the top of the cucumber and finished it off with freshly grounded black pepper and olive oil. For garnish, few basil leaves or cilantro leaves and you are done. See, how simple is it. If you use a watermelon from the that already chilled, then you can skip the chilling step of the puree.
For the grown-up version of this recipe, you can add chopped onions, tomatoes and jalapeños along with cucumber and relish this with your summer meal. My husband adored this recipe and had a big bowlful after coming back from work. This soup really helps to cool down your body and replenish the lost nutrients. So why not give it a try soon? Let me know how did you like it.
Let’s go the recipe and How-To video.
- 2 cups watermelon cubes
- ½ cup cucumber (shredded)
- 3 fresh basil leaves
- A pinch of garlic powder
- A pinch of roasted cumin powder
- Freshly grounded black pepper for garnish.
- In a food processor, add watermelon cubes, basil leaves, garlic powder and roasted cumin powder. Process this into a puree. Keep this is a refrigerator for 10 mins or so to chill.
- Now in a serving bowl, add shredded cucumber. Add chilled watermelon puree on top go the cucumber.
- Finish off with fretting grounded black pepper and olive oil and serve chill.
My Little Tips:
Since this recipe is made keeping in mind the needs of the babies below one year of age, I haven’t added sugar and salt. You can add these while making this or older kids and grown-ups. Similar you can add more spices and herbs as well as vegetables according to you wish.
Make sure to shred the cucumber into small pieces, so that they don’t become a choking hazard for little ones.
Watermelons can be introduced to babies at the age of 8 months and above. They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, niacin, folate, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sodium, iron, manganese, copper, and zinc. Watermelon can produce a rash in some babies, so use caution or talk to your pediatrician before introducing it to your child.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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