layered fruit gazpacho

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Food

Can we just go ahead and declare it summer?

I mean, I know we’re still a good month off from the summer solstice and still a few weeks away from the unofficial start of summer—Memorial Day—but it certainly feels summer-y here. And I’m ready to embrace it. I’ve got my shorts out, my flippy-floppies on and a year’s supply of gin and tonic water. Let’s do this.

There are a lot of things I love about summer. I love to be in the water. I love grilling watching Babyface grill. I love green grass and summer flowers. I love tank tops and sundresses. I, obviously, love gin and tonics. Summer is my jam. But probably the thing I love the most about summer is the food. It’s so light and refreshing. The heat and humidity make heavy foods positively unappetizing. You’d get some strange looks if you served a big entrée salad at a dinner party in December, but in the heat of summer? It’s perfect.

The same philosophy applies to summer desserts. You guys know that I’m head-over-heels in love with chocolate, but even my chocolate-loving soul has space to embrace the fruit-based desserts of summer. Sweetness without heaviness. Delectable without being sinful. Delicious without the sugar hangover.

I whipped up this cold fruit soup this past weekend to eat as a light dessert, but you could easily serve it as a big part of breakfast or as a mid-summer afternoon snack. If you want to add a touch more decadence, try dolloping with a small amount of whipped coconut milk.

My fruit gazpacho (such a fun word, amirite?) has three, brightly-colored, fruit-based layers. I went with kiwi, cantaloupe and raspberry, but really, the possibilities are only limited by what fruits are available to you. This combo was absolutely perfect after spending all day out in the sun watching my nephew and niece play t-ball and softball.

Of course, it’s a total bonus that summer desserts are chock-full of goodness. Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants galore, it’s hard to beat fruit-based desserts when it comes to health factors. For example, just the kiwis alone in this soup are health rockstars. Kiwis are rich in vitamin C, potassium, copper, magnesium and vitamin E, all which help protect the heart and blood vessels. Not into kiwis? Well any fruit you use is a good plan, because studies show that people with a diet rich in whole fruits have up to a 40% lower risk of stroke over those people who consumed little to no fruit.

Fruit is good!

Layered Fruit Gazpacho

by Cassie Johnston

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Adapted fromAndrew Weil

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces frozen raspberries, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 12 ounces unsweetened lemon-lime sparkling water
  • 5 kiwis, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cantaloupe
  • 4 kiwi slices, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In the basin of a food processor or blender, combine raspberries and honey. Pulse or blend until pureed. Strain raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve and discard seeds. Mix in lemon-lime sparkling water and set aside.
  2. Combine the peeled kiwi and lime juice in the clean basin of a food processor or blender. Pulse or blend until pureed. Set aside.
  3. Add the cantaloupe in the clean basin of a food processor or blender. Pulse or blend until pureed. Set aside.
  4. To layer gazpacho, gently spoon equal amounts of kiwi puree into each of four bowls or glasses. Repeat with cantaloupe puree and raspberry puree. Garnich with kiwi slices.
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What’s your favorite summer dessert?

18 Comments

  1. I’m so happy you posted this! I had heard about coconut whipped cream before but I was not 100% sure how to make it. Now I know and I’m stopping at the store on my way home for a can. Oh yes!

  2. this looks so refreshing! perfect summer treat. it’s really hot here, but I’m never one to complain about the heat. I’d rather be too hot than too cold!

  3. I’m so ready to call it summer already. It’s so sunny and hot here already, I love it! I love the colors in this(and the color you chose for the background – so pretty all together!) Looks yummy!

  4. Got to make this…It would be a perfect way to break in the new food processor or blender. Yes, I broke both of the old ones. I’m shameless. Thank you Cassie! :D

  5. waiitt that might be the most delicious thing i’ve seen. like a bomb pop!

  6. Gorgeous! Those colors are so vibrant and beautiful. I love the fruits that you used, too. Really looks delicious!

  7. This is gorgeous and I am going to add it to my Mouth Watering Mondays post this Monday. Come on over to see it at http://www.noshingwiththenolands.com Cheers, Tara

  8. The colours really caught my eye in this post, so beautiful. I’m sure if I tried to put that kiwi slice on there I would have made everything overflow lol

  9. Fell in love with this from the word Go. What lovely colors!

  10. How long will the layers hold?

    • They were like that for probably 20 minutes before we dug in, with no signs of mixing. But I haven’t set them around for hours to test. :)

  11. This is absolutely beautiful. I can’t believe the colors don’t mix together. Such a fabulous idea and healthy too.

  12. wow that looks amazing!! I am going to try it this weekend!

  13. This looks wonderful, and so refreshing. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  14. It’s almost too colorful and gorgeous to sip! I’m thinking this will make the perfect addition to the buffet of yum at our Going West party this month…I loved it so much, I had to share with all my friends in my post today. Thank you for delicious ideas! Cheers!

    http://www.lesbonnesideesmag.com/mercredi-fantaisie-to-market-jiggity-jig/

    • Awesome, Theresa! Thanks for sharing it.

  15. This gazpacho fruit is good! I’ve tried for several times, taste good especially if you drink it on summer.. It taste like heaven!

    Nice post! :)

    Healthy desserts recipe? See it here

  16. I loved it when I saw it here but just made it and all the layers are mixed together :( don’t know what I did wrong!

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