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Melon Gazpacho

Yield: Serves 8-10 as an appetizer
Prep time: 10 minutes plus 20 minutes to chill
Cook time: N/A
Difficulty: $recipe[8] hats
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On a hot summer evening, gazpacho makes a great first course or a tasty main dish when coupled with a fresh salad.

Ingredients

Preparation

Purée tomatoes, then press the pulp through a fine mesh strainer; set aside. Purée the cantaloupe, cucumber, vinegar and olive oil together in a blender until smooth, then pass through a fine mesh strainer. Discard any remaining solids; fold together melon purée and tomato purée. Season gazpacho to taste with salt and pepper. Chill in refrigerator for a minimum of 20 minutes before serving.

Divide soup evenly between small serving bowls or glass votive candle holders. Garnish with fine-diced shallot and a couple of drops of olive oil. Serve cold.

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