Three Refreshing Cold Soup Recipes

Beth Asaff
Cold avocado soup

Sipping a refreshing, cold soup on a hot summer day makes any meal feel decadent and special. Whether you are looking for a simple dessert-style soup to serve to guests at a backyard party, or something more savory to accompany dinner, cold soups make a wonderful addition to any summer menu.

Cold Soups for Hot Days

These soups can all be made well ahead of time and chilled in the refrigerator until needed for a quick meal on a day when it's too hot to cook.

Cold Avocado Soup

Avocados have a creamy, rich texture that makes a wonderful base to a cold soup. The lime juice and cilantro in this recipe make it the perfect accompaniment to summer salads or as a starter to Mexican meals with marinated meats and tortillas. If you are serving this soup on its own, consider topping it with a mixture of sautéed fresh corn, diced onions, and chopped bacon before serving.

  • Prep time: Five minutes
  • Servings: Four

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon shredded fresh cilantro
  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  1. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pit. Peel the skin from the avocados and slice them into pieces.
  2. Place the avocados, broth, lime juice, crème fraîche, salt, and cilantro in a blender.
  3. Pulse the blender a few times to combine the ingredients, then blend on high for two to three minutes.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the blender and slowly add the water, stopping to blend every 1/2 cup until the soup reaches the desired consistency.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator up to three days before serving.

Cold Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Cold red pepper soup

This bold soup makes an excellent alternative to gazpacho and makes a wonderful addition to many different meals. Serve it alongside plank-grilled salmon and fresh corn for the perfect summer meal.

  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Chill time: Four hours
  • Servings: Eight

Ingredients

  • 7 red bell peppers
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 small potato
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for brushing the peppers
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium tomato

Instructions

  1. Slice the peppers in half and remove the seeds.
  2. Brush the peppers inside and out with olive oil and arrange face down on a baking sheet.
  3. Place the peppers in an oven preheated to 450 degrees and roast for 10 minutes, or until cooked through and slightly blackened on the edges.
  4. Remove the peppers from the oven and peel off and discard their skins.
  5. Chop the onion and potato into small pieces.
  6. Heat the remaining olive oil in a large pot and sauté the onion and potato until tender.
  7. Add the peppers, cumin, chicken broth, and water and simmer for approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Peel and seed the tomato.
  9. Purée the soup, along with the tomato, in a blender on high until thoroughly combined.
  10. Chill a minimum of four hours and up to two days before serving.
  11. Serve with lime wedges and sour cream.

Cold Strawberry Soup

Cold strawberry soup

This cold dessert-style soup is perfect for any time of day. Serve it at the end of any meal to cool off, or serve on its own with an assortment of cookies for an afternoon summer tea.

  • Prep time: Five minutes
  • Servings: Six

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • Sugar to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the strawberries, milk, cream, and crème fraîche in a blender.
  2. Pulse the blender several times to break up the frozen strawberries into smaller pieces.
  3. Blend on high until the soup is smooth.
  4. Add sugar to taste and blend again.
  5. Store covered in the refrigerator up to three days before serving.
  6. Serve with slices of fresh strawberries and whipped cream on top.

Cool Off With Soup

Cold soup may sound like an oxymoron, but these refreshing soups are the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. Try them the next time you want a simple, chilled accompaniment to any meal and taste how good cold soup can be any time of day.

Three Refreshing Cold Soup Recipes