When it's too hot to cook, just rev up the blender and make some very cool summer soups. Here are some of our favorites.
Gazpacho and Tomato-Based Soup Recipes
The king of cold soups is gazpacho. This Spanish soup has multiple variations, but the most famous is the tomato-based gazpacho that originated in Andalucia. Modern versions can be made with tropical fruits, avocados, corn, and even watermelon.
This is the recipe for "killer, end-of-summer, super-sweet tomatoes," says Chef John. "There just isn't any substitute, so happy hunting, and I hope you find some so you give this a try."
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Other Cold Vegetable Soups
Gazpacho and cucumber soups are classics -- but vary your routine by drawing from the cuisines of other cultures.
"Mmm. With a salad, it's a good light meal," says Beckerkorn. "Or try it as a side with grilled chicken. Garnish with lemon wheels and dill."
This video shows you How to Make Cold Cucumber Soup.
Made of pureed potatoes and leeks, and enriched with a swirl of cream before serving, vichyssoise is easy to prepare and makes any meal feel like a special occasion. "This classic is elegant in its simplicity," says Miss Fuzzy. "But the choice of ingredients is critical. Avoid lower quality, pre-processed or packaged ingredients."
Refreshing fruit soups are a delightful way to begin or end a summer meal. Berry and stone fruit soups are traditional in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. These soups are a perfect balance of sweet and tart flavors. Berry soups are often accented with a touch of wine and a splash of cream or sour cream. Fresh lemon juice is often used to brighten the flavors of the fruit. Garnish pureed soups with whole berries or sliced fruit and a dollop of creme fraiche or sour cream.
"This was absolutely delicious. A wonderful combination of sweet and spicy," says Betsey Norland.
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