July 05, 2012

Cold Cantaloupe-Mint Soup


I have a short and simple post for you today, because I've got a lot of packing and preparing to do before I head to the airport for another trip!  Tonight I'll be on my way to a continent that I've never been to before: Africa!  More specifically, I'm going to Zambia, where I'll be participating in a week-long workshop held in the capital city of Lusaka.  I know I won't have much (if any) free time while I'm there, but I'm still really excited to visit a new country and experience new cultures.  Although I am a bit worried about the food options there - hopefully there will be enough vegetarian food for me!  And if anybody has any tips about what to eat in Zambia, please feel free to share them with me!

I hope to stay in touch while I'm away, but in case I don't get a chance to blog from Africa then I'll be back online in about 10 days - and hopefully I'll have some stories and pictures to share with you from my trip!

And since it's the cooler season in Zambia right now, I'm actually a bit relieved to be leaving the heatwave we're having here in Ontario.  When it's this hot out, my idea of the perfect meal is a cold soup made from fresh summer produce.

I really got into chilled soups last summer, when I made a couple versions of avocado soups, and a mango gazpacho that I loved.  This summer, the first chilled soup that I made was this cantaloupe-mint soup.


I like the idea of pureeing fruit into a soup, but it's easy to end up with something that tastes more like a smoothie than a dinner.  This soup definitely didn't taste anything like breakfast though - the cantaloupe was contrasted with lots of fresh herbs and spices, giving the soup a powerful punch of flavour.

I really liked the clean, refreshing note of the mint, and the lime and chili pepper added extra dimensions of their own.  (Note: I used a really hot chili pepper in my soup, but next time I would use something a bit milder like a jalapeno because I found the chili a bit too overpowering).

I'll be at the airport by dinnertime, but this cold, spicy and refreshing soup would definitely hit the spot on a hot night like tonight!


Cold Cantaloupe-Mint Soup
Adapted from Natural Noshing

~4 cups chopped cantaloupe
1 cup chopped peeled cucumber
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 small chili pepper or jalapeno, minced (optional)
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
1-2 tsp palm sugar or other sweetener
Pinch of sea salt
Ground pepper
Plain yogurt for serving (optional)

Place the first seven ingredients (cantaloupe to sugar) in a blender and puree until smooth.  You may need to blend the ingredients in batches (ie. blend half of the cantaloupe, then pour it out into a bowl, then puree the rest.  Then pour everything back into the blender to finish blending). Taste and add salt and pepper to taste, then blend again to mix.

Transfer soup to a large bowl or container and keep the soup in the fridge for at least one hour before serving to chill.

To serve, pour soup into bowls and stir in a spoonful or two of plain yogurt.

Makes about 3.5 cups

7 comments:

  1. Hope you have a fantastic trip! Looking forward to hearing all about it when you get back and seeing some photos. Safe travels!

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    1. Thanks so much - I look forward to being able to share it with you too!

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  2. Oh my this soup looks just as exotic as your upcoming trip! Have a safe trip and I can't wait to hear wbout your foodie adventures and see pics! xo

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    1. Thanks - I'll do my best to take pictures!

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  3. I hope you have a wonderful trip! I've had Ethiopian food and West African food, but I can't say I've ever eaten Zambian food. So take lots of pictures of it! :D

    This soup sounds so refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.

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    1. Indeed - it was very refreshing! And thanks for the wishes! I'm not sure myself what Zambian food is - so far I've mostly seen Western food here, but maize-based foods seem to be common too.

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  4. Once again, that sounds delicious! Have a wonderful trip, I'm sure you'll bring back a lot of great recipes to amaze us. Cheers!

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