The delicate flavors of cucumber and watermelon go hand in hand to create a sweet-and-savory chilled soup, perfect as a first course on a hot night.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2005


Recipe Summary

20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Mix watermelon, cucumber, bell pepper, basil, parsley, vinegar, shallot, oil and salt in a large bowl. Puree 3 cups of the mixture in a blender or food processor to the desired smoothness; transfer to another large bowl. Puree another 3 cups and add to the bowl. Stir in the remaining diced mixture. Serve at room temperature or chilled.



Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Tip: Melon selection & storage: Look for symmetrical unblemished melons, without flat sides, that have a creamy yellow spot on the bottom indicating ripeness.
At 92% water, this fruit should feel heavy when you heft it. Precut melon flesh should be dense, firm and appear moist. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week or keep in a cool, dark spot. Cover the cut surface of melon with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

Nutrition Facts

114 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 17.4g; dietary fiber 1.4g; sugars 13.6g; fat 5.1g; saturated fat 0.7g; vitamin a iu 1831.2IU; vitamin c 34.1mg; folate 21.5mcg; calcium 27.6mg; iron 0.9mg; magnesium 28.6mg; potassium 323.7mg; sodium 295.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Fabulous! Delicious! I have made this dish several times always to rave reviews. Today I made it with lemon basil since that was what was available at the market. Even better than common basil. The sweeter the watermelon the better this is. Try using the miniature seedless watermelons. Pros: So delicious and healthy Cons: Lots of dicing especially if the recipe is doubled--as it should be! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A refreshing delicious tasting recipe! This is a winner - even the skeptics loved it! On a hot summer evening I brought it to a potluck as a first course to a dinner of Smoked Salmon and Cream Sauce Fettuccine. Everyone raved about it being the perfect pairing for our dinner and everyone asked for the recipe/link.! I did vary the recipe by using 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice plus 3 tablespoons of Merlot since I am allergic to vinegar. I will definitely make this recipe again and look forward to trying it with cilantro and a bit of cayenne/some spice as a variation! Thank you Eating Well! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I can't find anywhere to ask but do you mean scallions (round flat things) or green onions (long skinny things)? They aren't the same thing. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this yesterday. It turned out well and my family loves it too. Would make this again. Only change I made was to add 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes and could have added just a little more. It tastes better after the flavors have had a chance to chill and blend together. Lynne W. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made this as the first course for a summer lunch with the girls. Went together really easily and looked gorgeous. The flavours were divine and slightly unexpected. Might be nice with mint rather than basil as something different. The girls all raved so this one is a winner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
A Watermelon Gazpacho Twist Southeast Asian Style Happened to have cilantro instead of parsley and mint instead of basil. With fish sauce to taste instead of salt and lime juice instead of vinegar this makes a refreshing Southeast Asian version of this wonderful soup. Add some red chile flakes chili paste or fresh hot chiles to complete the flavor profile. Read More