Spiced watermelon soup

A refreshing summery soup!

I love this dish because it is packed with flavour and only takes ten minutes to prepare. You can make it as mild or as spicy as you prefer; just be sure not to overwhelm the watermelon’s bright, fresh taste. It’s nice to serve in clear glasses or bowls to show off the soup’s gorgeous colour.


  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) finely chopped gingerroot
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) finely chopped shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) olive oil
  • 5 cups (1.25 L) coarsely chopped seedless watermelon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 mL) hot sauce (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves, for garnish


  • Put olive oil in a small saucepan, over medium heat.
  • Add ginger, shallot and garlic and cook, stirring often, for three minutes or until slightly softened.
  • Put chopped watermelon in a blender (or a large bowl, if using an immersion/stick blender) and add cooked seasonings.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Add lime juice, hot sauce and salt. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference.
  • Serve immediately, garnished with a sprinkling of chopped mint, or chill and serve within 2 days.

Makes 4 servings.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

7 thoughts

  1. found the watermelon soup – thanks for the suggestion – wish me good luck
    very nice meeting you last night
    your blog site is amazing

    1. Lovely to meet you as well and glad you found the soup recipe. Thanks for your kind words regarding my blog…it is a very fun (and delicious) project! Good luck with your dinner party.

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