Cold Summer Soups

Cold Avocado and Green Pea Soup

Cold Avocado and pea soup

Cold soups are one of my favorite ways to feel refreshed in the summer heat. What makes any cold soup even better for me is if it needs no cooking at all, like this one featuring ripe avocados and fresh peas. And it adds gorgeous burst of green to the table, as well. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. Photos by Susan Voisin.

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Watermelon and Peach Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho recipe

Adding summer fruit like watermelon and peaches (or nectarines) to a classic tomato gazpacho works surprisingly well. The sweet and piquant flavors play off of one another in this palate-pleaser. Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. more→

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Raw or Nearly-Raw Cold Beet Borscht

Nearly raw beet borscht

The ingredients of classic cold beet borscht are usually cooked together, then chilled, but in this version, there’s no need to cook at all, unless you’d like to lightly pre-cook the beets. After this has a chance to chill, don’t be shy about amping up the lemon/agave contrast to your taste. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Cold Fresh Tomato Soup

cold fresh tomato soup recipe

Here’s a great way to take advantage of late summer’s sublime tomatoes. This is great for when your garden or CSA share is overflowing with ripe tomatoes and you really need to use them up quick! more→

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Creamy Chilled Avocado Soup

Creamy Chilled Avocado Soup

Requiring no cooking, this creamy chilled avocado soup is remarkably refreshing on a hot summer day. It’s best eaten on the same day as it is made, since avocado discolors and does not keep well under refrigeration once peeled. This raw soup makes a great opener for a Southwestern-style meal of burritos, enchiladas, or the like. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Cool White Bean and Tomato Soup

Cold White Bean and Tomato Soup

White beans make a creamy base for soups, dips, and sauces, in addition to being quite companionable with the ripe tomatoes of summer. The combination of white beans and fresh tomatoes makes for a flavorful, nearly instant cold soup.  more→

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Cold Coconut Cream of Lettuce Soup

boston lettuceHere’s an almost-no-cook (actually completely no-cook if you like raw corn) soup that’s perfect for midsummer. Lettuces are abundant in gardens and in farm markets, and if you find yourself with too many heads, this soup will take two of them off your hands and out of your fridge! Fresh corn pairs perfectly with the lettuce in this mildly curried, refreshing chilled soup. more→

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Cold Cucumber and White Bean Soup

Cold White bean and cucumber soup

Substantial yet refreshing, this cool soup can be made in minutes. Choose a crisp, flavorful cucumber with pale green (rather than watery white) flesh for optimal flavor. Leave the peel on for extra fiber and flavor if the cucumber is organic and unwaxed. Serve with a simple potato or pasta salad or wraps for an easy and tasty summer meal. more→

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