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Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lemon and Ginger

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Why did gazpacho (which in my opinion is simply salsa disguised as a soup) become *the* chilled soup? The other day while attending the Saucy Soiree (an event by the St. Louis food magazine that Jonathan freelances for), I made a new friend – chilled cantaloupe soup. The chilled cantaloupe soup was prepared by Highway 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen. It was sweet enough to be served as dessert, especially since it was topped with pieces of praline. However, it would also work as a great appetizer. I decided I’d have to try to make this refreshing summer treat myself.

After browsing an array of cantaloupe soup recipes, I came accross one that stood out on Organic Valley’s website – cantaloupe soup with lemon and ginger. The ginger added a little kick to the soup and the lemon made it extra fresh and summery.

Here is the recipe, with some slight modifications:

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Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lemon and Ginger

Gazpacho isn't the only cold soup out there.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chilled cantaloupe soup, lemon ginger cantaloupe soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill 4 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 111kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 T finely grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 heaping T finely grated lemon peel
  • 6-7 C coarsely chopped fully ripe cantaloupe (For me, this was one medium-sized cantaloupe. You might want to buy two just to be safe.)
  • 1 1/2-2 C milk I used 2%
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint I used basil instead since we had some fresh in our garden

Instructions

  • Place butter, honey, ginger root and lemon peel in a small bowl.
  • Microwave until butter is fully melted, about 45 seconds.
  • Stir to blend mixture.
  • Use a rubber spatula to scrape mixture into a food processor or blender.
  • Add melon chunks and puree until as smooth as possible.
  • Stir in milk.
  • Transfer to a bowl, cover, and chill thoroughly (4 or more hours).
  • Garnish each serving with a mint or basil sprig. (Serving in a hollowed out cantaloupe is a nice effect, but obviously optional.)
  • Don't eat it all because you can use some to make cantaloupe cupcakes - recipe coming soon!

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lemon and Ginger
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 64mg 3%
Potassium 386mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 85.3%
Vitamin C 54.9%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 1.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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This chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lemon and Ginger is sweet enough to serve as dessert but also works as a great appetizer. Try this cold soup now!
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