For a unique first course, serve this colorful soup from Carole Benson, Cabazon, California. Chilled V-8 juice is the base for this soup that's chock-full of generous chunks of chopped tomatoes, green pepper and cucumber. "Garnish each bowl with shrimp for a fancy finish," suggests Carole.
It's easy to crave soup-even on a hot day-when it's chilled and filled with the fresh flavors of summer. Serve a tomatoey batch as an appetizer or a side for a main dish salad. —Wendy Nickel, Kiester, Minnesota
I really enjoy gazpacho a lot. Sometime I make this soup on Sunday evening and then take it to school for lunch all week. The crunchy vegetables in the tomato base just add a healthy item to my menu.—Susan Ferrell, Tampa, Florida
Neva Arthur of New Berlin, Wisconsin spices up her sweet-tart soup with a hint of cinnamon. Serve this refreshing chilled concoction as a light first course...or for dessert, topped with a dollop of nonfat yogurt or reduced-fat whipped topping.
With 100 blueberry bushes in my garden, I'm always looking for recipes calling for this sweet-tart fruit. So I was delighted when my granddaughter shared this one with me. —Edith Richardson, Jasper, Alabama