My father-in-law had bought a huge watermelon at the store, and when he recently came by the house he dropped off half of it for us. I was so excited! He is always so good to Marc and me. I knew immediately that I wanted to use a lot of it to make a gazpacho. When glorious summer peaches entered the equation as well, it became a complete win! This watermelon peach gazpacho is so incredibly refreshing on a Summer’s night before the main course. It really wakes up the palette and gets the appetite going. Best of all, it could not be quicker and easier to make! First, I got out my food processor and combined the watermelon, peaches, shallot, basil leaves, salt, strawberry balsamic, Sriracha and Worcestershire sauce in the bowl.
Now, if you don’t have strawberry balsamic, regular balsamic would be a great substitute. Give the mixture a big puree for about 30 seconds, but there should still be some texture. What is so great about this watermelon peach gazpacho is that you can customize it to taste. My measurements are a base point. If you like yours with a little more heat, add more Sriracha until it is to where you want it. Same goes for the salt factor. The Sriracha, salt and Worcestershire are really important to balance out all of those sweet elements.
Once it was pureed and flavored to taste, I transferred the watermelon peach gazpacho to a container and sealed it up. It needs to sit and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours before serving. I have these really fun martini glasses that you nestle in a matching bowl of ice water to keep them chilled, and I thought they would be so perfect for serving the watermelon peach gazpacho. I garnished with a little bit of basil chiffonade and a thin wedge of watermelon to make it look really effortlessly pretty. Depending on how big the portions are that you serve, this can serve about 4-6 people. You will wow everyone with this gorgeous dish that highlights the best of summer!