14 Chilled Soups for Hot Summer Days

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Cold soups are the perfect remedy for sweltering days, or just a break from summer BBQs, when all you want is something light and fresh. Gazpacho usually comes to mind, but you can really throw together a great summer soup with any seasonal ingredients you find in the market or have in the fridge.

We’ve compiled 14 soup recipes that can be enjoyed cold but don’t stop there— use ’em as a starting point and riff on the recipes as you’d like. (See our suggestions after the post below!)

Roasted Tomato BLT Soup

Roasted Tomato BLT Soup by amysarah

Eleven Madison Park's Strawberry Gazpacho

Eleven Madison Park’s Strawberry Gazpacho

by Genius Recipes

Gazpacho with Spring Pesto

Gazpacho with Spring Pesto

by Sarah Jampel

Corn Soup with Tofu Larb

Corn Soup with Tofu Larb by Colleen Rose

Creamy Potato and Saffron Soup (Vellutata di Patate e Zafferano)

Creamy Potato and Saffron Soup (Vellutata di Patate e Zafferano) by Emiko

Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator)

Yogurt Soup with Cucumbers and Walnuts (Tarator)

by Nicholas Day

Vellutata di Ceci con Calamari (Creamy Chickpea Soup with Seared Calamari)

Vellutata di Ceci con Calamari (Creamy Chickpea Soup with…

by Emiko

Andrea Nguyen's Vegan

Andrea Nguyen’s Vegan “Chicken” Phở by Genius Recipes

The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix)

The River Cottage’s Vegetable Bouillon (a.k.a. Souper Mix)

by Genius Recipes

Vegetarian Ramen

Vegetarian Ramen

by Catherine Lamb

Anna Thomas' Green Soup

Anna Thomas’ Green Soup by Genius Recipes

Thai-Scented Asparagus Soup

Thai-Scented Asparagus Soup

by Fig Test Kitchen

Chilled Avocado, Yogurt, and Charred Serrano Soup with Quick Pickled Radishes

Chilled Avocado, Yogurt, and Charred Serrano Soup with Qu…

by Samantha Weiss Hills

Zucchini, Almond, and Mint Soup with Lemony Lentils

Zucchini, Almond, and Mint Soup with Lemony Lentils by Jodi Kay ⎮ happy hearted kitchen

Dress It Up

  • Drizzle a few rounds of high quality olive oil, herb-infused oil, vinegar, or yogurt on top.
  • Finish your soup with a fistful of fresh chopped herbs like basil, cilantro, or parsley.
  • Contrast can be sweet with fruit.
  • For crunch add toasted nuts, coconut flakes, tortilla strips, or nori.
  • Make grilled cheese croutons (& other soup toppers) for a special touch.

For A Heartier Meal

  • Take a spin on Japanese cold soba noodles by adding rice, buckwheat, or udon noodles to a chilled broth.
  • Catch of the day: Top soup with seared scallops, lump crab meat, or fresh grilled fish.
  • Use up leftovers! grains, beans, or legumes can be mixed in; same with those vegetables— shave in summer squash, root vegetables, or corn.

What soups do you enjoy cold? Tell us how you might revamp them in the comments.

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