Spicy Strawberry Gazpacho

Spicy Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe

If you could pull your eyes away from this beautiful photo, you may want to try this unique and flavorful gazpacho recipe, created by Kankana at Playful Cooking.

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho

 

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho
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Serves: 3 cups
 
This Spicy Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho had roasted cumin seeds, fennel seeds and a few dashes of hot sauce for that lovely earthy spicy flavor. I just mixed everything and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so, before blending it to a smooth consistency. Making gazpacho is so easy! It’s a perfect summer treat for sure.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 3 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ tsp tabasco or hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt plus more to sprinkle while serving
  • Few basil leaves and slices of strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place a small pan on medium high heat and when it’s hot enough, scatter the fennel seeds and cumin seeds. Dry roast for a few seconds by shaking the pan every now and then. Once the color of the spices changes to a mildly darker shade, switch off the heat. Put the roasted spice in a mortar pestle and crush it to a fine dust.
  2. Take a big mixing bowl and drop the strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, half of the onion, roasted and powdered spice, hot sauce, vinegar, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Mix it properly. Cover the bowl with a clear wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Take it out of the refrigerator and blend it to a smooth consistency.
  4. Garnish with rest of the chopped red onion, strawberry slices and basil leaves. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top and drizzle extra virgin olive oil.


Strawberry & Ricotta Crostini

Strawberry Ricotta & Herb Crostini

This Strawberry Ricotta Crostini Recipe is a great snack.

It’s always a good time for entertaining and I love using strawberries to create simple, light party snacks that my guests will love. I’m a firm believer that hosting gatherings should be fun for me in addition to the attendees so I never want to stress out over complicated appetizers. Fresh, flavorful ingredients are key. For this easy Strawberry Ricotta Crostini Recipe I’ve macerated sliced strawberries in citrus juice and paired them with ricotta cheese that’s full of fresh herbs.

Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs Recipe

This is a light snack that won’t be overly filling in warmer weather. And it’s healthy! Research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function. How cool is that?

I used a combination of herbs from my garden (basil, mint and sage) but feel free to experiment. For example, if you are not a fan of sage, simply omit it! If you really love mint, add extra to taste.

Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs Recipe

 

Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs
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Serves: 20 crostini
 
Ingredients
  • 1 baguette, sliced thin on a bias
  • 15 oz ricotta, either part skim or whole
  • ½ cup packed fresh herbs, finely chopped (an even mix of mint, basil and sage)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • thinly sliced fresh mint or basil for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast until crisp, 7-10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, mint, basil, sage, salt and pepper. In a separate medium bowl, combines the strawberries and citrus juices. Cover each bowl and place them in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes. Stir the berries occasionally.
  3. Spread a generous layer of the herbed ricotta onto each slice of bread. Top with 3-4 strawberries. Top with the fresh herbs. Optional: drizzle with a small amount of the macerated strawberry juice (not too much or the bread might get soggy).

 

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