13 Recipes That Prove Summer Is Still Soup Season
If you think soup can't be enjoyed during the summer, we're here to prove you wrong. You just need to think seasonally: Just because summer is blaring hot doesn't mean your soup needs to be. Cold soups are enjoyed all over the world, utilizing fresh summer produce, as well as cooling ingredients like yogurt, milk, and mint leaves. As an added advantage, these recipes don't require an oven (and some don't even need to be cooked), which will keep your kitchen cool this summer.
Finnish Summer Soup
Fresh, seasonal vegetables are the star of this traditional and light Finnish soup. This summer soup recipe really highlights every vegetable, and it's crucial to use fresh ingredients. Otherwise, the flavor will be too mild.
Fresh Summer Corn Chowder
There's nothing like fresh summer corn, and this easy vegetarian chowder is the perfect way to celebrate it. This summer soup recipe pairs excellently with seafood and can easily be adapted into a seafood chowder featuring salmon, shrimp, or crab.
Chilled Tomato and Avocado Soup
This cold summer soup is like a mix between gazpacho and guacamole. It pairs well with sandwiches or sourdough bread on a hot summer day.
Lithuanian Saltibarsciai (Cold Beet Soup)
This eye-catching soup will be the center of attention at your table thanks to its vibrant hue. It's similar to other Eastern European cold beet soups, and pairs excellently with warm boiled potatoes.
Ajoblanco (Cold Spanish Almond Soup)
Ajoblanco, a cold Andalusian soup made with almonds and grapes, is like gazpacho's cousin. It's slightly thick, but its simple ingredients prevent it from feeling or tasting overwhelming.
Summer Vegetable Soup
This cold celery, bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and spinach soup gets a kick from adding cayenne pepper and paprika. There's no cooking required for this refreshing summer soup, so all you have to do is prep and blend the fresh ingredients.
Summer Squash Soup
If you're trying to use up some extra zucchini, this simple soup is here to help. This soup comes together quickly and tastes great either hot or cold. You can even freeze it and save it or fall and winter.
Bulgarian Tarator - Cold Cucumber Soup
Tarator, a cold cucumber soup containing garlic, yogurt, herbs, and ice, is a popular summer dish in Bulgaria. If you'd like, you can make this refreshing dish ahead of time, which allows the flavors to intensify.
Green Pea and Mint Soup
This light, refreshing summer soup tastes great at any temperature and highlights the often overlooked flavor and value of green peas. It's simple and inexpensive to make but still distinct enough to impress your family or friends.
The Ultimate Summer Fruit Soup
This chilled fruit soup adds a bit of much-needed refreshment to the hottest summer days and could also work great as a breakfast or dessert. You can also use this soup as a base for smoothies or sorbet if you'd rather enjoy it a bit colder.
Cold Yogurt Soup (Abdoogh Khiar)
Made with yogurt, cucumbers, raisins, and fresh and dried herbs, this Persian summer soup is the ultimate cooling dish. It's simple to assemble and tastes great made ahead, especially as part of a Persian lunch spread.
Tomato Cold Soup with Parmesan Cheese Ice Cream
This chilled tomato soup is a refreshing twist on a cold-weather classic. For best results, use fresh tomatoes and high-quality olive oil and cheese.
Fresh summer vegetables and a mixture of fresh and dried herbs really sing in this traditional chilled soup. It does need to chill for a few hours, so make it ahead of time.