Melon Gazpacho

Serves 6
Total Prep Time: 20 minutes

1 (4-1/2-pound) cubed Kiss melon, about 6 cups
1 cup water
1 cup finely diced, peeled cucumber
3/4 cup finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons Yuzu juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup roughly chopped jalapeño pepper, seeds removed
Sea salt and sugar to taste
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives

Cut about 1 cup of the melon chunks into a small dice, and in a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine them with the cucumber and 1/4 cup of the onion. Set aside in the refrigerator to chill.

Add the melon, water, Yuzu juice, vinegar and jalapeño to a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.  Season to taste with sea salt and sugar if necessary. Refrigerate the soup until well chilled, at least 1 hour.

Stir the melon mixture and divide among 6 soup bowls. Pour the soup into the bowls. Garnish each serving with the chives.

You can make this as early as the night before. Keep the melon-cucumber mixture separate until you're ready to serve.

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