Wanted to share this delicious and healthy meal our friends Sarah & Lando Juarez prepared for us last Sunday evening on their beautiful roof deck in the W. Village. What a perfect way to celebrate summer with our wonderful friends!

Watermelon Gazpacho

  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes (or 2 lbs heirloom tomatoes, in season)
  • 2/3 Long, English Cucumber (Keep remaining 1/3 in reserve)
  • 1 Shallot
  • 1/2 Serrano Pepper, de-stemmed, but no need to remove seeds (can add more to taste)
  • 2 cups watermelon (seedless if possible; if you by the whole melon, it provides a reserve to add sweetness as you see fit)
  • 3/4 loose cup fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup Sherry Vinegar or Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil

Blend all of the above ingredients in a food processer or powerful blender. Add Salt and pepper to taste and blend once more.

Top with:
1 lb. Grilled Shrimp (There’s always shrimp left over to snack on!).
Lando’s marinade: 1/4 Cup Olive Oil, Zest of 1 lemon, 1/2 Tsp. Coriander, 1/2 Tsp. Hot Paprika, 1/2 Tsp. Sweet Paprika. Grill 2 minutes per side over high heat.

Garnish with 1 Tbsp Feta Cheese, zested lemon (optional), and fresh Thyme

Serves 4. Enjoy this light and flavorful summer favorite!