A comforting, revitalizing soup is usually served hot and steamy straight from the pot.
But that is not always the case – especially in the summer!
A cup or bowl of hot soup is not usually the most anticipated or preferred meal when you’re trying to beat the heat.
We’re already sweating just thinking of it…
But we have a slurp-worthy solution for you to still enjoy something delicious served in a bowl:
One refreshing technique to enjoy this meal during the hottest months of the year is to prepare chilled versions, using the freshest of ingredients and the tastiest of flavor combinations.
We have three easy ideas to share with you now – and you don’t have to turn on the oven, use the stovetop, or fire up the grill to make them. What a relief!
Any of these no-cook delights will be satisfying as a light lunch when chilling at home in the AC, or as a simple starter to a fun summer dinner party.
Let’s chill out and cool off together in the kitchen!
1. Creamy Avocado Coconut
This refreshing cucumber soup will help you keep your cool on any hot day.
Creamy Chilled Avocado Soup – Get the Recipe Now
And a little chili powder adds the right touch of heat.
Don’t you love biting into a crisp, cold cucumber, with its juicy flesh and lightly sweet aroma?
Chilled Cucumber Soup – Get the Recipe Now
Let this veggie be the inspiration for your next cold soup idea.
It will most certainly cool you off on a sweltering summer day – that’s a 100% guarantee!
And it’s low in calories, so it won’t weigh you down as you make plans later to swim in the pool, ride bikes, go kayaking, and enjoy other outdoor activities.
Plain yogurt provides a silky, creamy base with a bold tang, while a little lemon juice and garlic, and a bunch of fresh dill, enhance the dish with big and bold, sunny flavors.
Of course, we couldn’t leave out a made-from-scratch gazpacho! It’s a warm-weather classic!
Gazpacho – Get the Recipe Now
This recipe is one of our summertime favorites – a simple blended tomato mix that can be beautifully garnished with an array of colorful diced vegetables and crunchy croutons.
Serve While Cold – Satisfying, Not Strange!
At first, you might find these recipes new and unfamiliar – maybe you have never tried a chilled soup before.
However, these three selections are meant to be enjoyed that way! And you can trust us to steer you in the right direction towards refreshing summer meals.
After reviewing our suggestions, you’ll understand why we chose certain ingredients and prep techniques:
Most of the produce that can be eaten raw – like tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and avocado – are suited to these kinds of no-cook recipes, and can all be combined together swiftly in a blender with yogurt, sour cream, or coconut milk to yield a smooth result.
And by adding lots of fresh herbs, lemon juice, and other flavor boosters, the meal will become aromatic and dynamic, yet not too heavy or abrasive.
So the next time you find yourself uncomfortable with beads of sweat dripping down your forehead over a cup of hot soup, remember these ideas when you want to make something more appropriate for the season.
What recipe from this trio will you make first to surprise your family and friends at your next summer gathering? Leave a comment below with your favorite choice!
Don’t let the fun stop here – we have even more amazing roundups to review for other summertime meals and treats. Prepare the bonfire, set out some beach towels, and read these next:
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- 7 Fast and Tasty Summer Meal Ideas for Every Day of the Week
- 23 of the Best Summertime Sweet Corn Recipes
Photos by Kendall Vanderslice, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on August 25, 2015 by Nina-Kristin Isensee. Last updated on Jully 19, 2023.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.