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Watermelon Gazpacho Soup for Summer Days

In the summer’s heat, no-cook cooking takes precedence over any other type of cooking. Using the best and ripest tomatoes is essential when making this refreshing summer starter, and there’s certainly no shortage of those in the height of summer down south. Make this the day ahead for the flavours to fully infuse, and then make the garnish at the last minute to serve. The original recipe comes from the  Maison Mirabeau kitchen.

Watermelon Gazpacho Soup Summer Days

Watermelon Gazpacho with Olive Tapenade and Goat Cheese toasts

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A recipe for a hot weather gazpacho and savoury bites that pair perfectly with rosé wine. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 2 people



  • 6 oz Watermelon cubed
  • 7 oz Ripe Tomatoes small sweet ones work well
  • 3.5 oz Cucumber peeled and chopped
  • 1 small Garlic Clove peeled
  • 2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp (or more) Sherry vinegar to taste

For the Toast:

  • 10 thin slices Baguette
  • 2 tbsp Olive Tapenade
  • 4 tbsp Soft, Fresh Goat’s Cheese
  • 3-4 sprigs of Thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

To Garnish:

  • 3-4 sprigs of Thyme
  • Black Olives chopped
  • Cucumber finely diced
  • Tomatoes finely diced
  • a little more Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle


  • Put the watermelon, tomatoes and cucumber in a blender. Add the garlic, a generous amount of salt, olive oil and sherry vinegar. Blend until smooth. Season to taste and add a splash of more sherry vinegar to taste.
  • Divide the gazpacho between 2 bowls. Add a couple of ice cubes if you want it extra cold. Put the diced tomatoes, cucumber and olives on top of each bowl and garnish with a few extra thyme flowers. Season with black pepper and a swirl of olive oil.
  • Toast the thin rounds of baguette until lightly golden. Spread a thin layer of the tapenade, and goat’s cheese and sprinkle with a little of the thyme.
Keyword Cucumber, Goat Cheese, Toast, Watermelon
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Stephen had been in the corporate world for 15 years and in August 2008 turned down a promotion that would have meant more money but also more stress, longer hours and less time with his young family. For many years the Cronks had been dreaming and talking about moving to France to make their own wine, but the moment never seemed quite right to make the big leap.

Soon after, a good redundancy offer seemed the perfect opportunity to turn the dream into reality and after selling their beloved house, they left the leafy suburbs of south-west London in August 2009. Their worldly possessions were packed up on the back of a truck and with barely a word of French between them, the family headed south to a small village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence.

The Cronks spent a year getting their bearings, learning to live the provençal way, as Stephen was criss-crossing the country researching and finding the best vineyards to work with. The next step was setting up a small wine business with the principle objective of making a Provence rosé that would be regarded as one of the very best from the region, while building a brand that people would grow to love. In order to achieve this aim, they put together a highly experienced winemaking team and threw their heart and soul into the brand and innovative communications with their customers. Mirabeau is now being sold in more than 30 markets, has won medals and earned acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics, but what really makes Stephen happiest is that their wines are an integral part of people having a great time together.

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