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.
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.
Pictured: Chilled Cucumber Soup
This video shows you How to Make Cold Cucumber Soup
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
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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