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Fruity, chilled gazpacho hits the spot at this Atlanta chain

Bright orange cantaloupe gazpacho at Souper Jenny wins the battle for “most refreshing lunch.”
Bright orange cantaloupe gazpacho at Souper Jenny wins the battle for “most refreshing lunch.”

Credit: Henri Hollis

Credit: Henri Hollis

Dish of the Week: Cantaloupe gazpacho at Souper Jenny

If gazpacho is not firmly planted in your rotation of summer meal staples, it should be. It certainly has become a regular item on the board at Souper Jenny, where a version of the chilled Spanish soup can be found on many summer days.

Traditional gazpacho is a bit like salsa that's been bulked up with extra olive oil and dried bread. Though it's cool and refreshing, the healthy fats and added carbohydrates make for a surprisingly hearty dish. In some of Souper Jenny's best gazpachos, summer fruit adds an extra dimension of flavor while replacing the bread. The only thing the gazpacho loses is gluten.

A recent winner was bright orange cantaloupe gazpacho. Herbaceous, and not overly sweet, it’s the lunch equivalent of a nice, cool breeze on a screened porch. The popular Atlanta lunch chain also has served watermelon gazpacho this summer, along with several other chilled soups based on fruits that would look right at home on a tiki cocktail menu.

In Atlanta in mid-August, we’re all looking for relief from the heat. You might not be able to jump into a pool or eat ice cream every day on your lunch break, but Souper Jenny’s gazpacho is the next best thing.

Multiple locations. souperjennyatl.com