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By Jolinda Hackette
Tomato gazpacho may be what first comes to mind when talk of cold summer soups comes up, but as you'll see in our recipe round-up, chilled soups for warm summer evenings can be so much more. Here are our very favorite, light, healthy and easy summer soups for cooling vegetarian and vegan meals.
Sweet, delicious mangoes are the base of this fantastic cold soup recipe that's so fresh and healthy! Mangoes not only are one of the juiciest, most flavorful fruits you can buy at the market, they're also nutritionally rich, which is why they're often called a "super fruit." This yummy chilled summer mango soup recipe is suitable for gluten-free and raw food diets, but has plenty of flavor and excitement. Wonderful fresh ingredients get an extra jolt from spicy chilies and a bit of ginger for an extra kick that's also good for you.
Beet borscht is a traditional Eastern European soup that makes the most of the natural sweetness and hearty texture of nutritious, folate-rich beetroots. Apple cider vinegar adds a welcome zing to this classic beet borscht recipe that's perfect served chilled on hot summer days.
You'll be delighted by the simplicity and freshness of this easy pea and mint soup recipe. Sweet summer peas (you can use fresh or frozen) and refreshing mint leaves are a flavorful match made in heaven. Serve it up simply or drizzle with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese, for a fancy presentation.
4. Chilled Tomato and Basil Soup
The ingredients in this cool summer tomato soup recipe are quite simple: just tomatoes, fresh basil, vegetable broth, and balsamic vinegar, so be sure to use fresh and quality ingredients. This vegetarian and vegan summer soup is a nourishing way to show off the bumper tomato crop in your garden, if you're lucky enough to have one this summer!
If you like avocados, you'll love this California-inspired avocado soup recipe for summer, inspired by traditional gazpacho soups. Raw vegan chilled avocado soup is made from just six quick and easy ingredients including avocados, cream, vegetable broth, a touch of spicy cayenne, and fresh snipped herbs. It's a great way to add nearly 20 essential nutrients to your daily diet, including fiber, potassium, Vitamins B and E, and folic acid — and it's both pretty and elegant enough to serve as a first course at summer dinner parties.
This flavorful raw food soup recipe is surprisingly filling and bursting with fresh flavor. Made from a bounty of fresh produce including tomatoes, cucumber, red bell pepper, garlic, and some chopped fresh herbs, this simple and easy soup recipe is delicious served cold or at room temperature — and tastes even better when eaten the next day. Make a batch the day before cookout parties.
7. Chilled Leek and Potato Soup (Vichyssoise)
You may think of Vichyssoise (classic leek and potato soup) as a winter recipe. But when served cold, this sophisticated soup is just perfect for a summer lunch or picnic. Effortless and inexpensive to make, with just a little butter and cream to elevate the humble vegetable ingredients, this filling and cooling soup recipe is elegant enough to serve at fancy dinner parties. It's sure to become one of your year-round favorite soups.
This wonderful Hungarian recipe for sour cherry soup is traditionally served cold in the summer, when cherries are plentiful. Be sure to use tart cherriesto prepare this special cold summer soup, that makes a refreshing first course. Or serve it as an elegant dessert at your summer dinner parties, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. Your guests probably haven't had anything like it, so it's sure to make a great impression.
This creative, gazpacho-style soup makes the most of the refreshing sweetness of watermelon. You'll love our recipe for fruity chilled soup that makes a pretty and delicious starter. It's a no-cook recipe that is so cooling and welcome on hot summer days, when you don't want to heat up the kitchen.
Looking for the perfect light and filling vegan meal? Are you craving something cool and refreshing to enjoy on hot summer days? Lovely chilled cucumber soup is refreshing and mild tasting, and the perfect starter course or light lunch when the summer heat hits. This soup also pairs very well with spicy grilled meats, hamburgers, barbecue ribs, grilled and roasted chicken dishes.
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