Chilled melon soup may be just the ticket for serving your summer guests a surprise treat! Your guests mouths will water as you bring this delicious "soup" to the deck or patio table! What could be better that fresh, chilled fruit?
We are huge fans of cantaloupe! Cut at just the right time, cantaloupe brings a sweet, sensual flavor that is the essence of summer. People think I am a little off but I like my cantaloupe chopped with a sprinkle of black pepper on it. You should try it sometime!
But this delicious melon soup recipe is also a great way to use cantaloupe as well as strawberries and even a little lime juice. It is cool and refreshing.
Cantaloupe - at least the edible part - is almost 90% water. That makes it low in fat. It is however, fairly high in sugars and does not provide an over-abundance of either protein or fiber, although there is some. But it is a great source of Vitamin C, some Vitamin A and a really impressive amount of potassium, with around 273 mg in a large slice.
So whether its sliced or cubed or made into a delicious soup like this recipe, cantaloupe is a good bet for fresh summer eating! And although "soup" may be a slight misnomer because we tend to think of soups and stews as being warm or hot dishes, we encourage you to try this soup recipe soon.
Chilled Melon Soup
· 1 large cantaloupe cut into small cubes (4-6 cups)
· 2 Tbsp. honey or 1 Tbsp. agave nectar
· Juice of 3 limes
· Pinch of cardamon
· Sliced fresh strawberries for garnish
· 1/4 cup whole fresh mint
How we make it
Fill a wide, shallow container with cantaloupe and place in microwave. Cook at 50 percent power for 2 minutes, or just until melon softens slightly. Transfer cantaloupe to a blender or food processor. Add honey, lime juice and cardamon, and blend until smooth. Refrigerate until cold.
Before serving, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary with more honey, cardamon and/or lime juice. Garnish with strawberry slices and mint leaves.
Makes 4 servings.
Per serving: 85 calories, 0 g total fat (0 g saturated fat), 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 26 mg sodium.
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