Cold Melon-Berry Soup

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie offering is an intriguing recipe called Cold Melon-Berry Soup.  From the commentary in the cookbook I get the impression the soup is meant to be served as a starter or first course at dinner.  I just couldn’t get my head around serving this as a soup with dinner.  However I could picture it served with breakfast, so that’s what I did.

The “base” of the soup is made by pureeing the meat from half a cantaloupe with lime juice, grated ginger, and a pinch of salt.  (I have to confess I forgot the salt.  I didn’t miss it, BUT I do enjoy my cantaloupe with a sprinkling of salt so I’m sure it would be good)  It is served with in small bowls with melon balls, a few strawberries, and topped off with a sprig of mint.

Breakfast is served!

This “soup” was a fun surprise!  I really, really liked it!  I kept thinking about it all day, wishing I had more.  It made a lovely and refreshing breakfast.  It would be beautiful served as part of an elegant brunch.  The lime juice added a nice bright, fresh flavor, and I loved the textures of the fruit chunks mixed with the puree.

My husband liked this a lot as well, though he agreed with me that it is hard to picture it as a dinner-time dish.  I feel like if I had served it to him at dinner he probably would not have liked it.

The recipe states this makes 4 servings, but we found them to be very small servings.  My husband and I ate the whole thing for breakfast as two servings.  Keep that in mind if you make this soup.

I’m really curious to see how the other FFwD members decided to serve this soup!  Check it out here: LYL: Cold Melon-Berry Soup.


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11 responses to “Cold Melon-Berry Soup

  1. I’m considering trying the leftovers for breakfast – thank you for the push 😉

  2. This was fun, wasn’t it? I love all the bright, happy colors.

  3. I like this soup for breakfast! Your photos are pretty and inspire me to make the melon berry soup again;-) I agree with your comment on the portion size- one batch for two adults is about right. I doubled the recipe and resist making small amounts of anything, I like leftovers!

  4. Karen, I so agree. I also served it for breakfast and my husband and I both found it refreshing and delicious! Yours looks so pretty…great job!

  5. Pretty glasses! I, too, thought this wasn’t enough for 4 people. I struggled to strech it out between 3 small children and myself. Your soup looks very yummy!

  6. I also served it for “breakfast for dinner”. Sometimes that what I crave! Next time try it with the salt, I think it really balanced the flavors.

  7. It looks so pretty and refreshing, Karen. I think this is perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  8. I like that you served this for breakfast. It looks really beautiful. I typically eat melon for breakfast in the summer, so it’s nice to have a fancier way to serve it.

  9. Teresa

    That looks like a lovely breakfast, Karen! Your soup looks great in that dessert dish, too.

  10. Doesn’t matter what time of day to serve it as long as you enjoy the soup!

  11. that looks delish….
    i could eat that all up…

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