To counter the sweltering heat during hot summer days, make and serve this chilled honeydew soup as an appetizer . Sweet and tasty easy healthy recipes soup is combined with nonfat yogurt and flavored with white wine vinegar for an invigorating dish. Slices of hard salami are garnished on top for a salty and savory contrast. You can also use Parma Prosciutto to garnish the soup instead of salami, or bacon bits if that is what you have in the fridge. If you want a meatless version, garnish the honeydew soup healthy recipes with mint leaves instead.
A member of the muskmelon family, honeydew is the sweetest type of melons especially at the peak of its ripeness. Its flesh is a pale green and its rind is a smooth and creamy yellow. It has an extraordinarily sweet, succulent and juicy flesh prized by the Egyptians thousands of years ago. Honeydew can weigh from 4 to 8 pounds and generally has a slightly oval shape. In this recipe, honeydew is pureed in the blender together with the yogurt and other ingredients. No cooking is required to make this soup and it can be done in a few minutes, making it perfect for busy weekdays and for entertaining guests at the last minute. The cool and refreshing soup stimulates the senses and gives an energy boost.
Ingredients: 1 (1 ½ lb.) honeydew melon, ¾ cup plain nonfat yogurt, 1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegar, 4 slices hard salami (chopped)
Peel and seed the melon. Cut into cubes. Puree with an immersion blender, traditional blender, or a food processor. Add the yogurt and vinegar and finish pureeing. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour, or until thoroughly chilled. Serve the soup in chilled bowls and garnish with about 1 tablespoon of the chopped salami.
Choose honeydew that is ripe and not picked prematurely. Once picked, the flesh of this fruit won’t get any sweeter but will become softer and juicier. Perfectly ripe honeydew will have a subtle wrinkling on the skin’s surface that can be detected by touch. Choose honeydew that feels heavy for its size. Do not buy melons that are too firm or too soft. Avoid those with dark blemishes on the skin or skin that is still green indicating that it is not yet ripe.