Looking for a sweet summer treat? Tired of sugary popsicles? How about strawberries and watermelon blended together in perfect harmony? This sweet summer soup will not disappoint.
Recipe: Summer Soup
- 1/2 Watermelon, medium (approx. 10 inches across) or whole mini watermelon
- 2 Pounds strawberries
- 6 Ounces raspberries
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 4 Tbsp. almond cream
- Mint leaves and some cream for garnish
Scoop out all the pulp from the watermelon into a blender and blend till smooth. Keep the skin of the watermelon and save in the refrigerator for later. Stem and quarter the strawberries. Blend till smooth. In blender, blend all raspberry sauce ingredients until very smooth and seeds are gone.
How to serve? This summer soup is best served chilled. If you prepare in advance, keep the soup and raspberry sauce separate in the refrigerator until it is time to serve. For a pretty presentation, you may serve the summer soup in the skin of the watermelon! For each person, pour 2 ladles of summer soup in a soup dish (or watermelon skin), drop a portion of raspberry sauce in the middle, and decorate with a few mint leaves and a drizzle of almond cream.
Star Ingredient: Strawberries
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Trivia: Cats and dogs can make vitamin C therefore they don’t need fruits and vegetables.
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