Chilled melon soup with prawn and avocado

    1 hour 47 min

    Fresh fruit soups can be prepared ahead and are fresh and cooling on a hot summer's day. Serve with grissini (Italian breadsticks) for a light lunch.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 medium cucumbers
    • 2 Charentais, Cantaloupe or Ogen melons
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
    • 250g cooked peeled prawns, thawed and drained if frozen
    • 1 firm, but ripe, avocado
    • TO GARNISH: fresh mint leaves

    Prep:1hr45min  ›  Cook:2min  ›  Ready in:1hr47min 

    1. Peel the cucumbers and cut in half crossways. Divide each half lengthways, then using a teaspoon, scoop out the seeds. Chop the flesh roughly. Drop into a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water and cook gently for 2 minutes. Drain in a sieve, then refresh under cold running water.
    2. Halve the melons and remove the seeds. Scoop out the flesh using a tablespoon and put into a blender or food processor. Add the cucumber, lemon juice and chopped mint, then whizz together until blended. Turn out the mixture into a bowl. Pour 200ml of water into the blender or processor and whizz briefly, then stir this liquid into the melon and cucumber mixture.
    3. Stir in the prawns and season lightly with freshly ground black pepper. Chill for at least 1½ hours and up to 12 hours.
    4. Just before serving, peel, stone and dice the avocado and add to the soup. Snip in some mint leaves to garnish and season to taste with more pepper if needed.


    For a vegetarian version of this soup, omit the prawns and add an extra avocado.

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