Cold Summer Soups

Classic Tomato Gazpacho

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The classic tomato-based cold Spanish soup never fails to please—and refresh. It’s a great way to use the delicious tomatoes of summer; in fact, summer doesn’t feel complete if I haven’t made gazpacho at least once or twice. It goes well with pasta dishes, potato salads, and grilled vegetables. more→

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Cool as a Cucumber Soup

Cold cucumber soup

When temperatures hit tropical levels, I turn to this recipe for an easy, no-cook soup featuring cucumbers and lots of fresh herbs in a refreshing base. No matter what else you serve for midsummer meals, this soup is a great addition. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. Photo by Ricki Heller of Diet, Dessert, and Dogs.

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Vanilla Fruit Cup Soup

Vanilla Fruit Cup Soup

This soup is basically a colorful fruit salad transformed into an appealing dessert soup or a lovely first course. Use the lushest fruits of late summer for best results— choose from among blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapes and stone fruits. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Fresh Tomato-Coconut Soup

I love making cool, refreshing soups that need no cooking at all on hot summer days. This one is nothing like the classic Indian soup of the same name, but has a personality all its own. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. Photo from Orchard House Heirlooms. more→

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Tomato-Mango Coconut Cooler

Think of this no-cook soup as a Thai-flavored gazpacho. It’s best with really lush summer tomatoes. Serve with a cold noodle dish for a quick summer meal. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons by Nava Atlas. more→

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Cold Cream of Corn and Watercress Soup

Cold corn and watercress soup

The peppery flavor of watercress provides a delightful contrast to the sweetness of summer corn in this delicious cold soup. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Cold Curried Cucumber Soup

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Here’s a nearly-instant cold soup. Cucumbers are undoubtedly one of the most refreshing of veggies. So on a very hot day, if you want to be as cool as one, serve this lilting cucumber soup. more→

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Cold Potato, Green Bean, and Quinoa Soup

Cold Potato, Green Bean, and Quinoa Soup

Potatoes, green beans, and quinoa make a refreshing trio in a cold summer soup. Serve with fresh corn on the cob and a colorful salad or grilled veggies. Though I think this soup tastes best chilled, if you can’t wait, it’s good warm, too!

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