“Do you think it’s hot enough?” I can hear my grandmother-in-law asking everyone around, while dishing out cups of steaming broth.
Most of the time, a proper soup has to be served hot. But that is not always the case, and it is certainly not a hard and fast rule.
Especially in the summer.
Slurping down near-boiling-hot soup or stew is probably not the most appetizing meal when you’re trying to beat the heat.
One refreshing way to have your soup (and eat it too!) is by preparing cold versions during the hottest months.
Does that sound strange to you?
Indeed, some folks find it quite unusual. And cold meals sometimes have the air of… being leftovers. However, the three varieties I have chosen for you are supposed to be enjoyed that way.
Some vegetables are less suitable than others as ingredients in chilled soups. Most of the products that can be eaten raw, like tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, or avocado, are suited to these kinds of recipes.
By adding yogurt, sour cream, or coconut milk and some fresh herbs, the meal will become aromatic and filling, yet not too heavy.
The three versions below all have different bases. While the first one includes yogurt and provides a mild taste, the second one has a spicier flavor due to the addition of chicken stock and coconut, and the third one is infused with tomato goodness.
If these three ideas inspire you, don’t let it stop you there! Check out our larger post that includes these three chilled soup recipes and 18 more to keep you cool and eating light in the summer heat.
Chilled Cucumber Soup
This refreshing cucumber soup will help you to keep your cool on a hot day. It’s low in calories, too.
Creamy Avocado Coconut Soup
Try this delicious coconut-based soup at any time of day this summer.
Not only is it refreshing, it’s heart healthy as well, thanks to the oils found in the coconut milk and the avocado.
This last dish is an Andalusian summer classic.
It is really famous, and it’s one of my favorites because you have a simple tomato soup that can be topped with diced vegetables and croutons, just the way you like it.
So the next time you find yourself with beads of sweat dripping down your forehead over a cup of soup, remember these ideas, and surprise your guests or your family with a summer-proof recipe to cool everyone down.
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About Nina-Kristin Isensee
Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.