Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho

Recipe Summary

Recipe Servings: 2-3 large servings
Recipe Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Cook Time: 1 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups chopped watermelon, seeds removed, rind discarded
3 small cucumbers (Persian or Japanese) peeled, seeded, chopped roughly (1½ cups)
1 small yellow or red bell pepper, seeded and chopped roughly (1 cup)
1 medium tomato, seeded and quartered
1/2 small jalapeno pepper,  seeded, deveined and chopped roughly
15 medium-sized fresh mint leaves, chopped roughly
¼ cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish
½ small red onion, peeled and chopped roughly (⅓ cup)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Lucini® Pinot Noir Artisan Red Wine Vinegar
1½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (juice of half a lemon)
¼ cup Lucini® Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil®
1½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
Lucini® Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, to finish

Instructions

Add all the above ingredients, except balsamic vinegar, to a blender or food processor (It’s going to be full—work in two batches if necessary).

Beginning with the slowest speed, blend or pulse until the desired consistency is achieved, around 30 seconds. If you enjoy your gazpacho with more texture, blend less.

Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve with a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar and some chopped cilantro.

Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho

Recipe by:Chef Nathan Lyon

Chef Nathan Lyon is known to television viewers across the country for his simple, innovative cuisine featuring fresh, seasonal, local ingredients. Nathan’s first cookbook, Great Food Starts Fresh is one of the “Top Cookbooks of 2012” by the Washington Post. Nathan is the chef and co-host of Growing A Greener World (PBS), creator and host of A Lyon in the Kitchen (Discovery Health and Fit TV), among the final four on the second season of The Next Food Network Star, and is a Sustainable Seafood Ambassador with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. He also is the host of Good Food America on Viera Living, which earned him a 2013 Emmy® nomination for “Outstanding Culinary Host”. Read more about Nathan at www.chefnathanlyon.com.