Cool summer soups are a great way to beat the heat and can be a nice alternative to eating a salad. They can also be a surprisingly hearty and satisfying meal. Many recipes require little or no cooking. Raw ingredients often just get pureed in a blender and that’s it!
The key to a substantial summer soup is to make sure it includes more than just vegetables and herbs. There are various ways to give it a rich taste and texture:
- Add beans or dairy products; a dollop of sour cream or yogurt will make it more filling
- Incorporate fat in the form of olive oil, nuts or avocados
- Try adding grains like rice, barley, or bread
So are you ready to give cold soups a try? Here are some that will tantalize your palate and soothe your (too hot) soul!
- Gazpacho (video) is a classic cold soup that that can be made smooth or chunky.
- Or for a less-traditional gazpacho, try this watermelon-based one. Hot chili peppers give this cold soup a bit of a kick!
- Startcooking.com’s Avocado Soup (shown above) requires no cooking. That’s right, zero – just throw the ingredients in the blender and you’re on your way.
- If you love a good Bloody Mary, this Bloody Mary Soup will give you all the flavor, minus the alcohol. Topped with horseradish cream, it really tastes authentic and spicy.
- Chilled Beet Soup is sweet and delicious. A dollop of sour cream swirled on top adds a decadent touch and makes the soup look amazing!
- Let’s get healthy with the Mayo Clinic’s recipe for Cold Potato Soup (Vichyssoise).
- Martha outdid herself with this Spring Green Soup. It is made with pencil thin asparagus. (It was a huge hit at my last dinner party!)
Martha Stewart’s Spring Green Soup
- Chilled Tomato Basil soup is delicious served with garlic bread.
- Summer Pea Soup, made with frozen peas, whips up in a flash and can be eaten hot or cold.
- Cold Cucumber Mint Soup is so refreshing on a hot summer day.
- White Gazpacho, made with bread, blanched almonds, green grapes, cucumbers, olive oil, and garlic sounds odd, but is amazingly delicious.
- Be creative with your leftover vegetables and get inspiration from this recipe for Farmer’s Market Soup.
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