Chilled Melon and Mint Soup

Yield: 3 qt (3 L)

Portions: 12

Portion size: 8 floz (250 mL)




3 lb

1.4 kg

Galia melon (see note)

3 lb 8 oz

1.6 kg

Charentais melon

(see note)

4 lb

1.9 kg

Honeydew melon

1 lb 4 oz

600 g


to taste

to taste

Lemon juice

to taste

to taste


2 oz

60 g

Mint leaves,

finely chopped


as needed

as needed

Mint sprigs

Chilled Melon and Mint Soup


1. Quarter the melons. Scrape the seeds from the galia, Charentais, and honeydew melons. Remove as many seeds as possible from the watermelon. Cut the flesh of each type of melon into balls with a ball cutter and place in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate.

2. Scoop the remaining flesh from the melons. Place in a food processor and purée. (Do not use a blender unless you remove all the watermelon seeds first, as it will chop the seeds into fine bits.) Strain to remove watermelon seeds.

3. Taste and, if required, add lemon juice and sugar to taste.

4. Stir in the chopped mint. Pour over the melon balls and chill for at least 2 hours.

5. At service time, ladle into chilled bowls and garnish with sprigs of mint.

Per serving:

Calories, 60; Protein, 1 g; Fat, 0 g (0% cal.); Cholesterol, 0 mg; Carbohydrates, 15 g; Fiber, 1 g; Sodium, 15 mg.

Note: If galia melon is not available, use yellow-fleshed honeydew. If Charentais melon is not available, use cantaloupe.

Chilled Melon and Mint Soup


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