Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups each finely diced cantaloupe and honeydew melons
  • 2 cups finely diced tomatoes
  • 1 mango, finely diced
  • 2 salad cucumbers, finely diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely diced peaches
  • 2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • Garnish: fresh basil sprigs

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine first 14 ingredients in a large bowl cover and chill 2-24 hours. Garnish if desired.
  2. The mango, melon, and peaches in this recipe when combined with the cucumber give this dish a sweet spin. If you prefer a stronger zip do not seed the jalapeno peppers. This treat is best when prepared the day before to allow time for the flavors to fully develop.

Recipe adapted from Marian Cooper Cairns, Southern Living, August 2010