Chilled Melon Soup With Shrimp and Avocado

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=5 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ] Fresh fruit soups can be prepared ahead and are light and cooling

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”15 min” cook_time=5 min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

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

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  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 cantaloupe
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

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  • 7/8 cup water
  • ½ pound cooked peeled prawns, thawed and drained if frozen
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint

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[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Peel the cucumbers and cut in half crossways. Divide each half lengthways, then use a teaspoon to 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.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]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 the water into the blender or processor and whizz briefly, then stir this liquid into the melon and cucumber mixture.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Stir in the prawns and season lightly with freshly ground black pepper. Chill for at least 11?2 hours and up to 12 hours.[/step-item]
[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Just before serving, peel, stone and dice the avocado and add the diced flesh to the soup. Snip in some mint leaves to garnish and season to taste with more pepper if needed.[/step-item]

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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