Watermelon tomato gazpacho

This sweet and savory blend will perk you up and cool you down.  It’s a little taste of heaven on a hot summer day, especially after an outdoor workout.

For this year’s 4th of July roof party, my friend Amala and I co-created a watermelon and tomato salad that was to die for! The next day I used the same ingredients in a smoothie.  Exquisite!  Try it both ways. You likely won’t need to add any liquid to the smoothie because the ingredients are so rich in water. But, if you find your blender gets stuck, add a few tablespoons of cocoanut water. It’s especially soothing & cooling after an outdoor workout.

To make approximately 4 servings:

• 1 cup cut up watermelon, with juice

• 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chunked

• 1/2 peeled cucumber, chunked (or jicama for the salad version)

• 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

• 2 leaves each fresh mint and basil

• 1 tsp. coconut oil

• salt & pepper

For the adventurous: Add a drop or two of a hot sauce.

Watermelon Tomato Salad

Here’s the salad version, with watermelon, tomatoes, and jicama. Hot sauce adds zip. Isn’t that watermelon basket handle something, thanks to Amala Lane, sculptress!?

Watermelon smoothies are a great way to quench your thirst and restore much-needed water and electrolytes to beat summer temperatures.

Nutrition: Melons are the great source of anti-oxidants. Paramount is beta-carotene, (precursor to vitamin-A) essential for vision and immunity, and for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consuming fruits rich in berta-carotene may help protect you from certain cancers.

Did you know? Watermelon originated in southern Africa.

Watermelon and tomatoes are also rich in anti-oxidant flavonoids lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin, offering protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. Watermelon is an excellent source of carotenoid pigment, lycopene, as is raw red tomato. Also a good source of potassium; vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), vitamin-C, and manganese.
Bottoms up!

What’s your favorite cooling smoothie? Let us know!

2 Responses to “Try This Watermelon Gazpacho to Keep Cool”

  1. Hi Nancy,

    Great article. The recipe both ways sounds delicious.
    A friendly reminder from a big fan of yours:
    If possible, don’t forget to spell-check… Bye.

    Reply

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