Here’s how to make a delicious watermelon gazpacho and relish

Watermelon is a summertime staple, but the refreshing fruit is more versatile than you ever imagined! On this episode of In The Know: Zero Waste Kitchen, chef Adriana Urbina (@adrianaurbinap) harnesses the true power of watermelon with her recipes for watermelon gazpacho and spicy watermelon rind relish. 


Watermelon Gazpacho

  • 7 cups diced watermelon 
  • 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 

Watermelon Rind Relish 

  • 2 cups white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped 
  • 1 ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar 
  • 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp mustard seed
  • ½ tsp Sichuan pepper


Watermelon Gazpacho 

  1. Add the cubes of watermelon to a blender (you can do this in batches if you need). Add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, and almonds. Blend until smooth. 
  1. Once the mixture is smooth, add salt and a little bit more watermelon, then blend again. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a bowl. Top your gazpacho with the watermelon rind relish (below) and enjoy! 

Watermelon Rind Relish 

  1. Dice the watermelon rinds, making sure to remove all of the skin. Set the watermelon rinds aside, along with the chopped jalapeño pepper and onion. 
  1. In a saucepan, add apple cider vinegar, mustard seed, Sichuan pepper, turmeric, brown sugar, and sea salt, then bring to a boil. 
  1. Once the mixture is boiling, add the watermelon rinds, jalapeño pepper, and onion, then simmer for 10 minutes. 
  1. Use a spoon to remove the relish from the liquid. Enjoy!

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