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Cold Soups To Chill Out Your Sizzling Summer

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.

Chef John's Gazpacho

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."

Chef John's Gazpacho

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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.

Chilled Cucumber Soup

"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."

Chilled Cucumber Soup

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This video shows you How to Make Cold Cucumber Soup.

Classic Vichyssoise Recipe

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."

Classic Vichyssoise Soup

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Fruit Soups

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.

Julia's Watermelon Gazpacho

"This was absolutely delicious. A wonderful combination of sweet and spicy," says Betsey Norland.

Julia's Watermelon Gazpacho

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