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Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Yes, it's a thing. A wonderful thing.

If you're not familiar with what gazpacho is, then let's enlighten you... Gazpacho is a combination of blended vegetables, spices and/or fruit that is blended together and served as a chilled soup. It might not sound appealing, but I assure you, on those hot summer days it really hits the spot. The beauty is that there are SO many different ways to make gazpacho. Originally the base was typically tomato, but of course, when you love food, the world is your oyster and you can get crazy creative.
Cue in cantaloupe gazpacho.

Sweet.

Zesty.

Delicious.

Enjoy!

Cantaloupe Gazpacho
1 medium cantaloupe, peeled and cut into chunks 1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped 2 Tbsp. chopped red onion (or 3Tbsp. chopped white onion) 2 tsp kosher salt 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1/3 cup water ½ cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste
In a vitamix blend cantaloupe, cucumber, onion, salt, water, apple cider vinegar, and salt and pepper until smooth. While mot…
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