5 Chilled Soup Recipes to Cool You Down on a Hot Day
Cold soup recipes may seem like a bit of an oxymoron at first. After all, on a summer day, warm soup is probably the last thing on our minds; we’re more used to associating soup with hot, simmering dishes that satisfy us on a cold winter night. But chances are that we still crave hearty, filling meals — even when it feels like a heatwave outside. That’s where chilled soups come in to save the day.
The Best Cold Soup Recipes
When you think about cold soup recipes, one that probably comes to mind is tomato gazpacho, a delicious traditional Spanish chilled soup. But did you know that there are other variations of gazpacho recipes that don’t follow the typical style? (If you’ve tried our watermelon and tomato gazpacho recipe, you know exactly what we’re talking about.) There are also quite a few chilled soups that don’t even feature tomato at all. Ever had cold cucumber soup? It’s just as refreshing as it sounds, especially after a long day of sweltering outside in the heat. You’d be surprised to know just how many fruits and vegetables out there are perfect for turning into a cold soup.
The best cold soup recipes put a creative spin on the meal and delight your tastebuds in a surprising way. Maybe this means adding yummy, healthy spices such as ginger. Or perhaps this means adding an element of (quickly) cooked food to the recipe, like shrimp. But it can be a bit tough to come up with interesting chilled soup recipes on your own, especially if you’ve never made one before. Luckily, there are some talented food bloggers out there who have done the hard part for all of us. They’ve created chilled and delicious soups that’ll help you cool down in the best way possible. Who knows? These soup recipes are so tasty that you might even want to make them again after it gets cold out.
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Raw Chilled Carrot Ginger Soup
Considering how aesthetically pleasing this cold soup recipe is, the dish is shockingly simple to make. Shared by Instagram user @strappedforcashews, this dish only requires five or six ingredients, and it doesn't require too much time out of your day to make. The easy addition of ginger takes the flavor to a whole new level. Just be prepared to whip out a high-speed blender for this one, and watch it work its magic to create this tasty chilled soup. If you prepare enough ingredients ahead of time, you can easily put this soup together on the fly for a group of (very lucky) dinner guests.
Get the full recipe at Strapped for Cashews.
Spicy Tomato Gazpacho With Shrimp
Gazpacho is pretty much guaranteed to be delicious, but this particular recipe amps up the flavor in a truly special way. Shared by Instagram user @lapinaenlacocina, this cold soup recipe features habanero pepper and crushed red pepper flakes — the perfect ingredients for anyone looking to spice things up. If you want to include shrimp in your recipe, the cooking time only takes about six minutes; if you ask us, that's a million times better than hovering over a stove pot in the heat. You can also pop a couple avocado slices in there for good measure. Yum!
Get the full recipe at La Piña en La Cocina.
Chilled Pea, Broad Bean, and Mint Soup
This chilled soup recipe brings together some of the most refreshing flavors out there in a truly innovative and unique way. Shared by Instagram user @mediterraneanonaplate, this dish is also a wonderful way to get your intake of healthy greens that isn't yet another boring salad. And the artistic drizzle on top of the soup? That's lemon yogurt, which can easily be created with a mix of your yogurt of choice and lemon juice. Once you try it here in this recipe, you just might be tempted to try it on other foods as well — just look at how pretty it is!
Get the full recipe at Mediterranean on a Plate.
Cold Summer Soups For Summer
Chilled Corn Soup
We all love corn on the cob during the warm weather, but if you haven't tried putting the tasty vegetable in your chilled soup, you're missing out. Shared by Instagram user @ww_charchar4321, this cold soup recipe boasts a healthy-yet-rich flavor that'll add a little sizzle to your tastebuds. It does include the addition of chili oil, but if you're not a huge fan of spice, you can customize how much you put in according to your palate (or the palates of the people you're serving). No matter how you prepare it, you can count on one thing: This will be super refreshing, especially after a long, busy day.
Get the full recipe at Charlotte || WeightWatchers.
Cold Cucumber Soup
Chilled Cucumber and Broccoli Gazpacho
Talk about being as cool as a cucumber! Shared by Instagram user @this.island.life, this cold soup recipe is the perfect way to cool yourself down whenever you need it in the heat. Not only is this gazpacho nice to look at, it's also super-satisfying to taste. Between the bright colors and the savory seasonings, this chilled soup is bound to be one of the most delicious and filling ways to eat your veggies. Who knew that eating a bunch of plants all together could be so yummy — and fun?
Get the full recipe at This Island Life.