A Restaurant’s Take

Gazpacho at Sweet Basil

Watermelon, cucumber, peppers, and more in a cold summer soup.

Watermelon gazpacho at Sweet Basil in Needham.

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Watermelon gazpacho at Sweet Basil in Needham.


At Sweet Basil in Needham in summer, a refreshing watermelon gazpacho is on the menu. A favorite version of owner and chef David Becker is made with watermelon, red and yellow bell peppers, cucumber, tomatoes, and tomato juice. He mashes everything in a bowl until the vegetables release their juices, refrigerates it to mellow the mixture, then ladles it into his own pottery.   — Ann Trieger Kurland

SWEET BASIL942 Great Plain Avenue, Needham, 781-444-9600,

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