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.

Cold Soups To Chill Out Your Sizzling Summer | Chef John's Gazpacho

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Pictured: 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.

Cold Soups To Chill Out Your Sizzling Summer | Chilled Cucumber Soup

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Pictured: Chilled Cucumber Soup

This video shows you How to Make Cold Cucumber Soup

Vichyssoise Recipes

Vichyssoise is another cold savory soup that has enjoyed decades of popularity. It was created by a French chef, Louis Diat, at New York’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel in 1917. 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.

Try this recipe for Classic Vichyssoise

Fruit Soups

Cold Soups To Chill Out Your Sizzling Summer | Julia's Watermelon Gazpacho

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Pictured: Julia’s Watermelon Gazpacho

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.

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