Now you can drink soup even in the heat of summer with these refreshing recipes for cold soups, including gazpacho, cucumber soup, strawberry soup, cold tomato soup, fruit soup, cold potato soup, melon soup and more.
Ruth Andrewson of Leavenworth, Washington knows how to keep her cool on hot days...she just whips up this delightfully delicate cold soup. With only three ingredients, it's the perfect way to start a summertime supper when unexpected guests drop in.
Here's a peachy way to begin a lady's luncheon or brunch. This refreshing soup shared by Lane McLoud of Perry, Georgia stars her home state's premier fruit crop. The toasted almonds on top are a nice complement to the sweet-tart flavor. "A serving of this fruit soup is surprisingly filling," she writes.
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.
This chunky chilled soup is terrific in warm weather, but our family loves it so much I often prepare it in winter, too. I made some slight changes to suit our tastes, and the fresh flavorful combination has been a favorite ever since.
—Mary Ann Gomez
Guests at my garden theme party loved the flavor of this beautiful fruit soup, calling it elegant, surprising and a real treat! Strawberry yogurt, pureed berries and a spicy syrup are blended to produce a fancy first course.
"We grow lots of cukes in North Carolina, and plenty are available from friends if you don't happen to have a garden," writes Doris Heath of Franklin, North Carolina. "This is a good make-ahead summer soup that is so cool and refreshing. If people like cucumbers, they will enjoy this-even those who say they don't care for cold soup."