French Fridays with Dorie – Cold Melon-Berry Soup

I celebrated Bastille Day yesterday with what seemed a typical summery, light French meal: chilled soup and an omelet.  I would also to call it “my husband is away for work and I get to have breakfast for dinner!”

Today’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe was a relatively quick and easy one, if not the easiest one since I joined in February.  All it took was cutting up some fruit, pureeing it in the blender, transfer and chilling, adding more fruit, a splash of wine… and done.

I strayed from the exact steps as written by Dorie and pureed the berries with half of the canteloupe and a generous splash of the suggested Muscat wine.  I just went in automatic  smoothie-making mode the minute I got the blender out and from there it was hard to stop.  In addition to all the suggested ingredients, I added half a ripe peach and a generous pinch of salt.  After pouring the soup base into a bowl, I carved the  little melon balls and placed them in the freezer for about half an hour (as long as I could wait to sit down and eat!).

When I took that first sip, I immediately thought of frozen strawberry margaritas but so much better.   All the fruits melded beautifully, and the lime and ginger provided the right amount of zip.  The sea salt balanced all the ingredients and gave that margarita feel.  I am thinking of making a second batch to freeze into popsicles.  It would be the perfect treat in these sweltering temperatures.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

27 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie – Cold Melon-Berry Soup”

  1. July 15, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    Very lovely – I am sure it was a very elegant breakfast along with that omelet I see hiding in the back…

  2. July 15, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    Your soup looks lovely! I also went the breakfast route.

  3. July 15, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    Sounds great! The other fruits sound like they added wonderfully to the taste and texture!
    Your new site looks great!

  4. teaandscones
    July 15, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Oh, with an omelet. Perfect. I made it, but won’t repeat. Different, tho’.

  5. July 15, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    Yours turned out beautifully! I just had the leftovers for my “morning” breakfast today. I followed the recipe exactly but with no wine – we liked it a lot.

  6. July 15, 2011 at 12:43 pm #

    I love the idea of adding the peach – the color of your soup is beautiful.

  7. July 15, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    This looks perfect! Love it! 🙂

  8. July 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Don’t you love when you get to have what you want for dinner and control of the remote? We just really enjoyed this recipe…I thought it was a bit more like a smoothie. Very refreshing! Love the idea of the peach, bet it really complimented the cantaloupe. Your pictures are so lovely and your soup looks luscious!

  9. July 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    Is that an omlette I spy on your plate??? I’m with you on throwing all that wonderful ripe fruit in the blender and coming up with such a luscious cold soup. I’m glad you enjoyed;-)

  10. July 15, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    Nice job on your new site. Your soup is perfect. I guess I should do it over. It was good, but not great and not really pretty. I’m getting some good ideas here. I think your eggs dish also looks yummy in the background.

  11. July 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    Looks delicious. A nice cooling soup for a hot day

  12. gaaarp
    July 15, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Looks great — like a perfect summer meal. I love the color you got in the soup with all the additions.

  13. July 15, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Nice job! I like the idea of frozen melon balls. And the color of your soup from the berry-melon blend.

  14. July 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    I love the color of your soup! I think adding peach was the way to go!

  15. July 15, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Mmmm…frozen margarita. Your way sounds delicious and I am going to try it next time. I love your heading “Cooking Social!” And, I love the revamp of your blog. It looks so professional. Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. nana
    July 16, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Sounds scrumptious and looks wonderful and refreshing. I might just try making a
    smoothie out of the ingredients again but leaving out the ginger. Due to scheduling,
    Tricia had to pass up this week’s recipe so maybe I’ll make her a nice smoothie
    with all the fresh fruit available now.

  17. July 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Nice photo and I like the idea of having it with an omelette! I could have easily eaten the whole recipe as one serving.

  18. July 16, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

    A peach sounds really good with it! And your soups look like fresh fruit slushies … so yummy!

  19. July 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    I’ve gotta try a peach next time! So glad that you enjoyed this recipe!

  20. July 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm #

    Ha! What’s not to love about a strawberry margarita? I love the idea of popsicles; think I’ll try it!

  21. July 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    I love the idea of pureeing some of the berries! So pretty…and the perfect accompaniment to an omelet 🙂

  22. July 17, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    Oh. Yes. A drink made out of this miixture would have been amazing. When I am back home with my blender, I will definitely give it a try!

  23. July 17, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    This looks delicious. I bought all the ingredients and then somehow I got sidetracked. Maybe I will make it today. I like your margarita description!

  24. Teresa
    July 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    Peach sounds like a great addition. I love your presentation of this dish – everything in the photo is just lovely.

  25. July 24, 2011 at 1:42 am #

    Beautiful soup! Popsicles is a great idea!

  26. August 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Perfect summer dish! Yum


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