20 Chilled Soup Recipes That Are Perfect for Summertime
While many people may associate soups with the winter months, chilled soup is a delicious option for warmer weather. Often overlooked, bowls of flavorful chilled soup are sure to surprise. From garlicky vegetable iterations to spicy Southwestern-inspired bowls, we're sharing some of our favorite recipes for chilled soups here.
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of a cool soup is classic tomatoey Gazpacho, pictured here. We have a number of variations of the tomato-paste-based soup. A sweet-and-savory option comes in the form of Watermelon Gazpacho. The fruit's a summer staple in and of itself, but it reaches new heights when combined with tangy tomatoes. Or try our Golden Gazpacho, which uses squash, heirloom tomatoes, and garlic for a flavorful take on the classic dish.
Looking for something with tons of vitamins and nutrients? Make our healthy Chilled Garlic and Spinach Soup, which features low-sodium chicken broth, low-fat plain yogurt, and loads of greens for a vitamin-rich option. You could also whip up a batch of our airy and Light Gazpacho Broth. It's made with a bunch of fresh produce—tomatoes, radishes, bell peppers, and fennel—for a simply delicious dish that makes for a lovely warm-weather appetizer. Another favorite is our Chilled Pea and Pea-Shoot Soup with Shrimp. Lemony shrimp sit atop a purée of peas and pea shoots to create a symphony of flavors.
For the adventurous diners, try Andrea's Spicy BLT Soup, which has a welcome kick to it. The meal touts a mouthwatering combination of crispy bacon, crunchy croutons, and tender butterhead lettuce. Or opt for our Curried Zucchini Soup, which incorporates curry powder, zucchini, potatoes, and garlic in a hearty dish. Ahead, explore some of our delectable chilled soup recipes to chill out with this summer.
Cucumber Buttermilk Soup
Sweet Red-Pepper Beet Soup
Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Tarragon Syrup
Thai Zucchini Coconut Soup
This Southeast Asian-inspired purée only takes 30 minutes of prep. But be sure to allow plenty of time for the soup to cool.
Chilled Sour Cherry Soup
Don't let its pretty hue fool you, this chilled soup packs a punch and is best served as an appetizer. It's a great way to use up any fresh sour cherries you may have.
Cold Potato-Leek Soup
Potato soup's made its name as rib-sticking winter comfort food, but fresh chives and a chilled preparation make this one summer-approved.
Avocado, Radish, and Basil Soup
Three iconic warm-weather flavors unite in one cold-served bowl. Full of good-for-you ingredients and a refreshing taste, this is a chilled soup that everyone will love.
Chilled Pea and Pea-Shoot Soup with Shrimp
This chilled soup makes a refreshing main thanks to the lemony shrimp and filling peas.
Cold Southwestern Corn and Shrimp Soup
So sunny, this gazpacho is made from yellow tomatoes, squash, bell pepper, and carrot juice, and is a refreshing change from the traditional version.
Andrea's Spicy BLT Soup
The freshest seasonal lettuce and tomato make the BLT a tempting summer meal. Enjoy this classic a whole new way—by eating it with a spoon.
Curried Zucchini Soup
Prepare for August's inevitable zucchini fatigue. This curried soup is a refreshing way to use the vegetable.
Chilled Blueberry Soup
This isn't a smoothie—it's a dessert soup. The berries' mild flavor is elevated by dessert wine and buttermilk in this creamy, smooth, and sweet soup.
Chilled Garlic and Spinach Soup
Get your greens in with this tasty chilled soup featuring nutritious baby spinach, garlic, and even green garlic stems.
Serve this soup warm or chilled for a tasty option that you can make all year-long.
Chilled Fennel and Leek Soup
A delightful appetizer, this cool soup features a tasty combination of vegetables. We love that you can prepare it ahead of time.
Chilled Spanish-Style Tomato Soup
This sophisticated recipe is a close cousin of gazpacho, a Spanish soup usually made with a tomato base. A slew of protein-and flavor-rich garnishes make it a delicious meal.
Honeydew Cucumber Soup
A unique combination of the fruit and vegetable come together for a refreshing summertime soup.