Chilled Melon Soup


This refreshing summer soup is a great starter for dinner on the patio on a summer evening. Try any variety of melon in this recipe. Serve leftover soup with salad for lunch the next day.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 40 mins
6 servings, about 3/4 cup each


  • 6 cups cubed ripe melon

  • ½ cup diced seedless cucumber

  • 6 tablespoons lime juice, divided, plus more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallion green, plus 1 whole scallion, divided

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, plus more to taste

  • 1 cup cold water

  • 1 2-by-1/2-inch strip orange zest

  • ½ cup orange juice, plus more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, or mint for garnish

  • 6 teaspoons plain yogurt, or crème fraiche for garnish


  1. Dice enough melon to measure 1 cup and combine in a small bowl with cucumber, 2 tablespoons lime juice and scallion green. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve the soup.

  2. Place the remaining melon and 4 tablespoons lime juice in a blender. Chop the whole scallion and seed and chop jalapeno; add to the blender along with water, orange zest, orange juice, ginger and salt. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more lime juice, jalapeno and/or orange juice, if desired.

  3. Refrigerate the soup until chilled, 2 hours.

  4. Stir the reserved diced melon mixture and divide among 4 soup bowls. Pour the soup into the bowls. Garnish each serving with cilantro (or mint) and yogurt (or creme fraiche), if using.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the melon mixture (Step 1) and soup (Step 2) in separate containers for up to 1 day. Finish with Step 4 just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

62 Calories
0g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size about 3/4 cup
Calories 62
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 1g 3%
Total Fat 0g 0%
Vitamin A 984IU 20%
Vitamin C 31mg 35%
Folate 17mcg 4%
Sodium 98mg 4%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Magnesium 22mg 5%
Potassium 262mg 6%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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