A Tasty Twist on an Old Favorite

Written by: Chef Tom Sewell on April 17, 2017

Watermelon Gazpacho

Spring is in full swing, and with warmer days ahead, the Morrison Chefs have you covered with a tasty, new twist on an old favorite, watermelon. Watermelon can satisfy a sweet tooth, help with digestive health and keep you hydrated on a hot day with its electrolyte-infused qualities.

You may have enjoyed watermelon sliced or diced, but check out the recipe below for a new take on this delicious fruit.

Watermelon Gazpacho

Makes 4 servings

1 large tomato

1/2 jalapeño pepper

2 cups cubed fresh watermelon

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons minced red onion

1 cucumber, seeded and diced

2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/2 jícama diced


In a blender, puree the tomatoes, jalapeno, and 1/2 of the watermelon. Pour in the red wine vinegar and olive oil and pulse. Add the onion, ½ cucumber and cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Puree until smooth. Pour into chilled bowls and garnish with diced watermelon, jicama, cucumber, and cilantro. Serve.

About the Author

MHC Executive Chef Tom Sewell, leads a dynamic culinary team at UF Health in Jacksonville, FL that produces 2100 patient meals a day and serves over 5,000 caregivers in four separate retail locations at the 695 bed facility.