We’re not talking about simmering hot soups to make you break a sweat. Or even about your classic gazpacho or vichyssoise.
Chilled soups, in their myriad colors of yellow green or purple or pink or orange, deliver on flavor with sublime textures.
Morello Cherry Gazpacho
Cherries—both sweet and sour—make their way into this elegant soup by chef Christian Pratsch at Asiate.
Saltibarscial: Lithuanian Beet Soup
A nutritious soup made of beets and Greek yogurt; this soup is a healthy take on the traditional saltibarscial. Most versions of this soup get a touch of acidity from the addition of pickles.
Late Summer Raspberry-Nectarine Gazpacho
Sweet and savory meet in this raspberry-nectarine gazpacho. Bell peppers, cucumbers, and tomatoes, also go into the mix.
Chef Kerry Dunnington remembers how her mother would serve bowls of cucumber soup in vessels she had placed in the freezer earlier that day. “The velvety consistency was so refreshing; Spoonfuls slipped down my throat like a sweet, cold, creamy milk shake. So satisfying was this palest of green soup that serving it has become a summer tradition,” she said. Along with the soup, try serving deviled eggs, slices of summer tomatoes, and cornbread. Just make sure to prepare this soup a day in advance.
Chilled Corn Soup
For a departure from gazpacho, chef Sungchul “Sung” Shim of Neta decided to go with corn. “It has just a few ingredients but has big bold flavors.” he said. The special touches lie in the garnishes. At Neta, he uses cod fritters, chive oil, and edible flowers. “But if you’re making this soup at home, you can garnish it with anything you like. Shrimp, crab, lobster, chives, sour cream, or crème fraîche, cilantro, fried shallots, would all be good garnishes,” he said.
Chilled Tomato Soup with Guacamole
If you have a craving for chips with salsa and guacamole, this soup from chef François Payard might just provide a healthier though flavor-packed alternative.
Chilled Soupe de Courgette
Jason Bond, chef and owner of Bondir in Cambridge, uses fresh lovage from his own chef’s garden to add into this chilled zucchini soup.
Cantaloupe Lime Spice Soup
This fruity soup, made with summer ripe cantaloupe and lime gets an added kick from a pinch of sriracha.