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In the summer, we all switch over to cold soups, which I don’t really enjoy all that much. I’m not a big fan of raw onion or raw garlic, so gazpacho has never been a favorite…until now. A little bit of heat with the juicy tomatoes and the refreshing watermelon makes a delicious summer soup that I like with a skewer of marinated shrimp. All it needs is a squeeze of lime, and it’s perfect for these hot days.

Watermelon Gazpacho

2 cups cubed watermelon

1 pint cherry tomatoes

2 scallions

Juice of 1-2 limes

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce (to taste)

salt and pepper (to taste)

Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until it reaches a think consistency but still has some texture. Chill until ready to serve.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

1/2 pound large shrimp cleaned with shells removed (I like to remove tails so they can just be eaten)

1 teaspoon aleppo pepper

1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder

1 teaspoon paprika

salt and pepper

Juice of 1 lime

3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl to marinate for 30-45 minutes. Much longer, and the lime will start to cook the shrimp. Skewer them onto soaked skewers and grill for 2-3 minutes on the first side, until they start to turn pink. Flip and continue to cook for 1 minute more on the other side. Remove and serve with a lime wedge.

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Strictly speaking of course, this isn’t hummus. In order for it to be hummus, it has to have chickpeas in it. So you could call it a spread but that sounds too ambiguous for me and it really does remind me of hummus, so that’s what I’m going with. You could definitely add some tahini in, but I don’t have any lying around the kitchen, so I opted to go simple. It certainly tastes healthier than real hummus, but I actually like the flavors so I don’t mind it. While this wasn’t on this year’s cleanse, I substituted it in from last year’s because I don’t like hard boiled eggs, one of the snacks listed for this year’s cleanse. I could even see using this on some crostini and topping with some cheese and broiling it for a few minutes. But not today.

Edamame Hummus

1 bag of frozen edamame, shelled

1-2 lemons, juiced and zested

2 tablespoons sesame oil

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon aleppo pepper

1 garlic clove

Boil the edamame according to instructions, about 10 minutes. I like to throw the garlic clove in (with the skin on) for the last minute or two to cook out some of the raw flavor, because I can’t do raw garlic. Feel free to just use it raw or saute in some olive oil as well.

Add the drained edamame and the garlic clove (skin removed) to the food processor along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend and adjust seasoning as necessary. I tend to like it more citrusy so I use more, but you may need only 1 lemon depending on how juicy they are. Serve with pita chips, crostini, anything you want!

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