Cold Summer Soups

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 Curried Cucumber Soup

fresh cucumbers

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

Green beans on table

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.

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Green Gazpacho

fresh cucumbers

A splendid no-cook soup that will awaken taste buds dulled by summer heat, this soup can be eaten as soon as it is made, but definitely benefits from having time to stand for several hours so that the lively flavors can mingle. A cousin to the classic tomato-based gazpacho, this cold soup is a great first course for a Mexican or Southwestern-style meal, and is especially nice to make when fresh tomatillos are in season in late summer. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Cold Zucchini and Corn Chowder

The recipe for this delicious southwestern soup is perfect for late summer evenings. It’s meant to be served chilled, but if you can’t wait, serve it warm, by all means. more→

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