Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho

Jalapenos are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapenos have a balanced combination of flavor and heat.

The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties. You can now get jalapenos with various heat level and sizes. These can be used in salsas, stuffed, or eaten straight with cheeseburgers (my personal favorite).

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2 cups finely diced cantaloupe
2 cups finely diced honeydew melon
2 cups finely diced tomatoes
1 mango, finely diced
2 salad cucumbers, finely diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup finely diced peaches
2 cups fresh orange juice
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
3 Tbsp chopped fresh mint
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Garnish: fresh basil sprigs


Combine first 14 ingredients in a large bowl. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours. Garnish, if desired.

Makes about 9 cups.

From Southern Living, August 2010.