Watermelon Gazpacho

Refreshing and easy to make!

Watermelon Gazpacho

Ingredients

  • 1 pound tomato (I used one large Brandywine.)
  • 1 ½ pounds seeded and cubed watermelon 
  • handful of mint leaves
  • 1 peeled, seeded and diced cucumber
  • 1-2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Crumbled feta (If desired. We added to individual servings.)

Preparation

  1. Combine chopped tomatoes and seeded and cubed watermelon with diced cucumber, diced jalapeno peppers, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a food processor or blender; process until chunky-smooth.
  2. Garnish: Crumbled feta and chopped mint.

Based on a recipe from Mark Bittman.

Chilled Cucumber Soup with Yogurt and Fresh Corn

Cucumber Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yogurt plus 1/4 cup water
  • 2 small whole scallions, trimmed and 1 large garlic clove, peeled and smashed
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded, deveined and chopped
  • ½ cup packed mixed fresh herbs (like mint, parsley, dill, tarragon, basil and cilantro)
  • ½ teaspoon sherry or white wine vinegar, more to taste
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 ear of corn, cooked, shucked, kernels sliced off

Preparation

  1. In a food processor, combine cucumber, yogurt and water, garlic, scallions, jalapeño, fresh herbs, sherry vinegar and salt. Blend until smooth and adjust seasoning as needed. Chill.
  2. Distribute soup between 4 bowls and garnish with corn kernels and a drizzle of olive oil.

Pasta with Cucumber and Spicy Peanut Sauce

Great summer dinner. Fast. Easy. Tasty.

Peanut Butter Pasta

Ingredients:

1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 red pepper, quartered and thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
salt and pepper
6-8 ounces pasta (I used RANA fettuccine)
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced
1/3 cup thinly sliced scallion

Directions:

In a blender (or bowl) blend the peanut butter, soy sauce, lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, sugar, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup hot water until sauce is smooth. Toss cooked pasta with the sauce, sliced red pepper, cucumber and scallion. YUM!!!

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