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14 Chilled Soups for Hot Summer Days

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Cold soups are the perfect remedy for sweltering days, or just a break from summer BBQs, when all you want is something light and fresh. Gazpacho usually comes to mind, but you can really throw together a great summer soup with any seasonal ingredients you find in the market or have in the fridge.

We've compiled 14 soup recipes that can be enjoyed cold but don't stop there— use 'em as a starting point and riff on the recipes as you'd like. (See our suggestions after the post below!)

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Roasted Tomato BLT Soup
Roasted Tomato BLT Soup
Eleven Madison Park's Strawberry Gazpacho

Eleven Madison Park's Strawberry Gazpacho by Genius Recipes

Gazpacho with Spring Pesto

Gazpacho with Spring Pesto by Sarah Jampel

Corn Soup with Tofu Larb
Corn Soup with Tofu Larb
Creamy Potato and Saffron Soup (Vellutata di Patate e Zafferano)
Creamy Potato and Saffron Soup (Vellutata di Patate e Zafferano)
Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator)

Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator) by Nicholas Day

Vellutata di Ceci con Calamari (Creamy Chickpea Soup with Seared Calamari)

Vellutata di Ceci con Calamari (Creamy Chickpea Soup with... by Emiko

Andrea Nguyen's Vegan "Chicken" Phở
Andrea Nguyen's Vegan "Chicken" Phở
The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix)

The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix) by Genius Recipes

Vegetarian Ramen

Vegetarian Ramen by Catherine Lamb

Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Thai-Scented Asparagus Soup

Thai-Scented Asparagus Soup by Fig Test Kitchen

Chilled Avocado, Yogurt, and Charred Serrano Soup with Quick Pickled Radishes

Chilled Avocado, Yogurt, and Charred Serrano Soup with Qu... by Samantha Weiss Hills

Zucchini, Almond, and Mint Soup with Lemony Lentils
Zucchini, Almond, and Mint Soup with Lemony Lentils

Dress It Up

  • Drizzle a few rounds of high quality olive oil, herb-infused oil, vinegar, or yogurt on top.
  • Finish your soup with a fistful of fresh chopped herbs like basil, cilantro, or parsley.
  • Contrast can be sweet with fruit.
  • For crunch add toasted nuts, coconut flakes, tortilla strips, or nori.
  • Make grilled cheese croutons (& other soup toppers) for a special touch.

For A Heartier Meal

  • Take a spin on Japanese cold soba noodles by adding rice, buckwheat, or udon noodles to a chilled broth.
  • Catch of the day: Top soup with seared scallops, lump crab meat, or fresh grilled fish.
  • Use up leftovers! grains, beans, or legumes can be mixed in; same with those vegetables— shave in summer squash, root vegetables, or corn.

What soups do you enjoy cold? Tell us how you might revamp them in the comments.


Tags: chilled, cold, soup, summer