Our Chilled Soup Recipes Will Cool Down Your Summer Menu
Soup doesn't have to be hot in order to be delicious. These recipes prove that a chilled soup is exactly what your next seasonal dinner party needs.
Summer is prime time for cold, drinkable recipes like smoothies and milkshakes. But if you're looking for a new way to cool down this season, it might be time to add a chilled soup (or three) to your repertoire. Not only are cold soups wonderfully refreshing and delicious, but they're perfect for using up leftover seasonal produce. To that end, we've gathered our favorite chilled soup recipes to help you stay cool this summer.
You'll be delighted to know that many cold soups call for little to no cooking. This means they're ideal for those days when you'd rather be lounging outside instead of sweating near a stovetop, which is a feeling we know all too well! Chilled soups can also be made in big batches and frozen for later, just like their hot counterparts. Simply divide the soup into freezer-safe containers, then pop them in the freezer for meals at a later date. When you know you'd like to enjoy them within the next day or two, simply transfer the frozen soup in the refrigerator until thawed. Then, you'll be able to enjoy it immediately without having to touch the stovetop.
Just remember that soups aren't limited to cold weather and hot ingredients. Why should winter get all the fun? By using seasonal produce like tomato, cucumber, and corn, you can make a fresh and flavorful dish that tastes just like summer. Serve your cold soup as an appetizer, side, or main dish by pairing it with a bread and protein.
Next time you're looking for a summer recipe with maximum flavor and minimal effort, keep these succulent cold soup recipes in mind.
Zucchini Coconut Soup
Corn Soup with Tomato-Bacon Toasts
Chilled Melon, Cucumber, and Mint Soup
Blend tomatoes, bell pepper, and orange juice for a soup that tastes like summer in a bowl. The recipe also calls for chunks of white bread, which gives this gazpacho its delicious texture. If you'd like, finish off the dish with chopped hard-boiled egg and cured ham (like jamón Ibérico) for a more authentic touch.
Chilled Sour Cherry Soup
Chilled Buttermilk Tomatillo Soup
Equal parts tangy and smooth, this cold cream soup pairs beautifully with crusty homemade bread. Top it off with fresh cilantro from the garden or a combo of your favorite herbs.
Chilled Spanish-Style Tomato Soup
If you have 20 minutes to spare, you can make light and savory soup. It doubles as the perfect canvas for scrumptious toppings, from Spanish olives to Manchego cheese.
Creamless Creamy Corn Soup
Beet Gazpacho with Shrimp
Yellow Tomato and Peach Gazpacho
Watermelon, Jalapeño, and Lemon Soup
With just five ingredients, this refreshing soup proves that tasty dishes don't have to be complicated. Top it off with thinly sliced jalapeño—or don't if you prefer less heat.