Strawberry Melon Soup

This delightful soup is an unusual way to begin an elegant picnic or end a simple dinner. Make sure you use very ripe melon and berries.
  • 1/2 ripe honeydew melon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 7 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • Cranberry juice or water

    Halve, seed, peel and cut the melon into chunks. Puree the melon with the lime juice and 1 teaspoon of sugar in a blender or food processor. Refrigerate the puree in a 2-cup measuring cup. Process the rinsed, stemmed strawberries and 2 tablespoons of sugar in the blender or food processor until smooth. Place the mixture into another 2-cup measuring cup and, if needed, stir in additional cranberry juice or water to make an equal amount of liquid as the melon puree. Chill for 2 hours.

    Serve by carefully pouring from each measuring cup at the same time into opposite sides of the same serving bowl. Swirl the mixture with a knife to make patterns. Repeat this process with the other bowls.

    • Yields: 4 servings
    • Preparation Time: 15 minutes, plus chilling time
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