One of the best things about winter is sitting down to a big, comforting bowl of hot soup! From chicken noodle to spicy pumpkin, the delicious flavors abound. Now that spring is on its way we tend to forget about soup until the cold winter months come around again, but that shouldn’t be the case! In fact, there is a range of delicious cold soups to bring flavor and excitement to your palate throughout the hot summer days! We took a look for some of the most popular dishes and brought them together for you to try, they’re sure to impress!
Decadent Cucumber Soup
Cold cucumber is probably one of the first things that come to mind when you think about summer soups. Cucumber soup sounds pretty simple, and it is, but there are so many ways to make it your own! You can use milk, cream, sour cream, yogurt, or even buttermilk as the base. Some even use chicken stock. Naturally, the core ingredient is cucumber: some people suggest you peel it if you want that very smooth texture when you blend it, but that may do away with some of the nutritional content of the cucumber. Next, you want to blend it up with some spices! Herbs like dill, chives, garlic, and mint are great accompaniments to cucumber. Other flavors to add include spring onion, white wine, lemon juice or lime. Think of light and fresh flavors!
Mouth-Watering Cherry Tomato Gazpacho
Gazpacho originated in Spain and was first made by pounding stale bread with olive oil in a mortar along with fresh vegetables as were available. Nowadays gazpacho refers to a cold, vegetable or fruit-based soup typically containing tomato. Cherry tomatoes are bursting with flavor and make a great gazpacho with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, red bell peppers, black pepper, and sea salt. Nice and simple!
Homemade Hearty Beet & Yoghurt Soup
And now for a recipe from eastern Europe: cold beet soup. Considered a delicious treat in the summer months this colorful soup is a head-turner on any dinner table. Bright pink from the beetroots, you can add some depth with kefir or yogurt and spice it up with dill, lemon juice, and garlic. Throw in some dill pickles and boiled egg and voila!
Tantalizing Pea & Herb Gazpacho Soup
This delightful and colorful soup is so refreshing! Green peas, courgettes, and cucumber with the olive oil, vinegar base and maybe a dash of yogurt; plus parsley, garlic, and mint? Perfection! Add some avocado for creaminess too if you dare.
Refreshing Melon & Mint Soup
Melon soup is one with variations: you can use honeydew melon, cantaloupe or even watermelon, each has its own distinctive hue. Each is paired with mint very nicely but the other ingredients allow for some creativity. Honeydew goes well with cucumber, coconut, and lime juice for a fresh taste. Cantaloupe and orange juice are a match made in heaven. Watermelon, sparkling wine and ginger with mint make for a lovely dessert soup.