Chilled Melon Soup is delightfully flavorful. We have enjoyed making this in dual batches, each with a different melon, spooning them into individual glasses in layers for a dramatic, mouth-watering effect.

Chilled Melon Soup

Chilled Melon Soup
 
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Recipe type: Soups and Stews
Cuisine: Spanish
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup fruity white wine such as Chenin Blanc, St. Emillon or Gerwurztraminer
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 ripe melon such as cantaloupe, Persian, or honeydew; halved, sliced, peeled, cubed and chilled (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 ice cube
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh cilantro (may substitute mint or basil)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water, wine, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of the lemon zest.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until the liquid is reduced by about 1/3, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat; set aside to cool to slightly. Transfer the pan to the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. In a blender or food processor, combine 1/2 of the wine mixture, 1/2 of the melon cubes and the ice cube and puree until smooth.
  5. Pour the soup into a tureen or bowl and set aside. Repeat with the remaining wine mixture and melon cubes and add to the first batch.
  6. Stir in the remaining 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 1/2 tablespoons of the cilantro.
  7. Ladle the soup into individual bowls and sprinkle with the remaining cilantro.
  8. Serve immediately.
Notes
The color of your soup, of course, will depend upon the color of the flesh of the melon that you choose. The soft salmon of a cantaloupe, the palest lime of a honeydew will both show off the bright green specks of cilantro, added at the finish. For a slightly different finish, you might choose fresh mint or basil.

Food Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates

Recipe from "The Mediterranean Herb Cookbook: Fresh and Savory Recipes From the Mediterranean Garden" by Georgeanne Brennan (Chronicle)
Nutrition Information
Serving size: each serving Calories: 32 Fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 8 g Sodium: 2 mg Protein: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 g

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