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Vegan Vanilla Fruit Cup Soup

Vanilla Fruit Cup Soup

This Vegan Vanilla Fruit Cup Soup recipe makes a colorful fruit salad transformed into an appealing dessert soup or a 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. Continue Reading…

Authentic Gaspacho Soup

An authentic gazpacho, prepared according to the Spanish method—perfect on hot summer days!

This typical dish is nothing less than a cold soup made from tomatoes and peppers. It is spicy and seasoned with sea salt. It’s a simple recipe, refreshing, nutritious and not expensive to make. The recipe is basic and open to any addition or removal of ingredients according to your preferences.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • cold water as needed
  • 50 ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 25 ml of red wine vinegar
  • salt to taste
  • 1 kg of tomatoes
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1 onion, chopped,
  • 2 cucumbers in sections,
  • 2 chopped green peppers,

Preparation

  1. Dip the tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove and steep into a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Let stand for a minute, then peel the tomatoes. Remove the hard part of the core.
  2. In the blender bowl, combine tomatoes, chopped onion, chopped cucumber, chopped pepper, clove garlic, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a little salt; reserve a little of the chopped cucumber, chopped pepper and chopped onion for presentation.
  3. Reduce to a smooth puree. Use the amount of water needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  4. Serve the cold gazpacho in a glass or bowl, garnished with pepper, cucumber, and onion.

Hot or Cold Coconut Carrot Soup

Coconut Curried Carrot Soup

Here’s a curried carrot soup in a coconut base that’s perfect for any time of year. You can enjoy it chilled in the summer, or serve it hot when the weather gets nippy. Use baby carrots as a clever shortcut — no peeling or chopping required. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

No-Cook Cold Soups for Summer Refreshment

Cold White Bean and Tomato Soup

Even though we can use air-conditioning to mitigate summer heat in the kitchen, being able to make cold soups without turning on a single burner is a gift on the hottest days. Some cold soups have cooked ingredients and then are chilled in the fridge, but the ones presented here don’t require any heat at all. It’s good to chill them before serving for ultimate refreshment, but you can serve them right away if need be (you can always swirl 3 or 4 ice cubes into them before serving to get that chilled effect). First up, Cool White Bean and Tomato Soup, shown above, which makes for a flavorful, nearly instant and surprisingly hearty cold soup.  Continue Reading…

Cold Coconut Cream of Lettuce Soup

Cold coconut cream of lettuce soup

Here’s an almost-no-cook (actually completely no-cook if you like raw corn) soup that’s perfect for warm weather meals. 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. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

Cold Curried Cucumber Soup

Cold curried cucumber soup

Here’s a nearly-instant cold cucumber soup with plenty of fresh herbs. 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 chilled soup. Note that coconut yogurt has a naturally sweet taste, so you’ll want to judiciously add the lemon or lime juice and salt as a foil. Photos by Evan Atlas. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

Classic Tomato Gazpacho

Fresh Tomato Gazpacho

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. Continue Reading…

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