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Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Cantaloupe Gazpacho

It’s thanks to the ‘nesting stage’ of this pregnancy that I even found this delicious recipe. I have been cleaning out closets and rearranging like a champ lately. And in one of the far back corners of a dark shelf, I found a beautiful wooden recipe box I received at my wedding shower many years ago! And inside – a golden treasure: Hand-written recipes from members of my church! I lived in Boston at that time, so several of them were New England classics like Boston Baked Beans (really!) and Corn Chowder; from some dear Italian friends, Zucchini Squares and Italian Meatballs; and also a recipe for the best apple cake I’ve tasted from an old (now deceased) neighbor!

The box also contained a recipe with a list of unique gazpacho ingredients with only one line of instruction: Chop, combine, enjoy! I was tempted not to change this line…but I did add a few more instructions below on how I made this delicious way to slurp up end-of-summer veggies. The vegetables are obviously easy to swap in and out with what’s in your garden – below is the version I made with what’s currently in my garden.

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Cantaloupe Gazpacho – {First on the First}

  • Yield: About 4 large servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 small cantaloupe (or half a large one) roughly chopped
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 3/4 cups pineapple (or orange) juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil – use sweet anise-flavored Thai basil if available
  • 1 red bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and seeded if seeds are large, roughly chopped
  • Salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce to taste


  1. Puree all ingredients (reserving a few tablespoons of cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes and a little basil) in a food processor to your texture preference: Barely chopped, very smooth or somewhere in between.
  2. Pour into bowls and garnish with reserved cantaloupe, cucumbers, tomatoes and basil.

Carrie @ poet in the pantry

Friday 7th of September 2012

I think you have a perfectly good excuse for forgetting! I editted the group so you can still add your link, if you'd like. How fortuitious that you found this treasure while nesting!

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