All year we long for summer days when we can enjoy the outdoors in the sun. But what happens when warm weather finally sets in? We get hot, sometimes too much. For those times when the heat gets to you, cool off with these easy cold soup recipes.
We've got everything from classic gazpacho to cold soups prepared with cucumbers, arugula, garlic and other seasonal fruits and vegetables. These soups will travel well in a thermos so keep them in mind for your next picnic or summer barbecue invite.
Easy Cold Soup Recipes To Help You Keep Cool
Cold Rocket Soup
This refreshing cold soup is a tasty blend of rocket (arugula), yogurt, vegetable stock, creme fraiche and orange juice. A touch of orange zest adds extra oomph. Serve it on a chilled plate for best results.
Cold Cucumber Soup
This soup is made with cucumbers, which are cool by nature. It contains yogurt and pine nuts which contribute creaminess. Garnish with some roasted pumpkin seeds and you'll be in for a treat.
Avocado and Cucumber Soup
Avocados are great for making cold soups, as they add richness and fat (the good kind) that will keep you satisfied. This particular soup can be served chilled or hot. It's up to you!
We'd be remiss not to include this quintessential cold soup recipe on our list. Make this Spanish classic with the freshest vegetables available at the farmer's market.
Chilled Corn Soup
Melissa Clark from the New York Times shows you how to turn fresh corn into a delicious chilled corn soup using just a blender. A bit of basil, garlic, and scallions add color and flavor. Buttermilk adds a pleasant tang while ice keeps it cold.
Ajo Blanco Soup
This traditional Spanish cold soup is flavored with garlic and is naturally vegan. Serve it with a drizzle of the best extra virgin olive oil you can afford.
Vichyssoise is a classic French cold soup made with leeks and potato. It's a delightful soup that requires cooking but the ingredients are chilled and combined with cream for a spectacular dish.
This whimsical version of gazpacho straddles the line between sweet and savory. Watermelon takes the place of tomatoes and it is combined with cucumbers, bell peppers and white wine for a divine cold soup.
Hungry for more?
Keep cool with a tall glass of cold brewed tea. Learn how to make it.