Refreshing Minted Honeydew Soup

This would make a wonderful first course for a summer dinner under the stars–or a refreshingly light snack. A luscious tribute to the sweet melons ripening now, the recipe calls for only four ingredients: melon, mint, lime juice, and honey. You don‘t have to cook it at all–just whiz it in a blender or food processor. The results are refreshing.

If you don’t have any honeydew handy, you can use any sweet melon you have available for this healthy recipe.

4 pounds ripe honeydew melon, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks (about 1 large honeydew)
1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, about 1 ½ oz wt.
6 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice (more if needed)
2 tablespoon honey

Optional garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, thin lemon slices

1. Process the ingredients in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth.
2. Pour into a container. Cover and chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
3. Taste, adding additional lime juice, if necessary serves in individual chilled bowls, garnished with lemon slices and mint sprigs, if desired.
Serves 6.

Happy Eating, Chef Bill

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