31 Cold Soup Recipes for Hot Summer Days (2024)


31 Cold Soup Recipes for Hot Summer Days (1)

By Taryn Pire

Published Apr 9, 2021

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Alexia Dellner

When the weather gets warm, it’s time to swap your go-to chili for something well, a little chillier. Stay cool in the heat with our roundup of flavor-packed, easy-to-make and ultra-refreshing soups. From mango gazpacho to chilled cantaloupe, here are 31 cold soup recipes to whet your appetite this summer.


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1. 15-minute Gazpacho With Cucumber, Red Pepper And Basil

You're only a few pulses away from making the most iconic chilled soup of them all. Its ingredients are almost all vegetables and herbs, so hunting down the best produce you can find is key.

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2. Yellow Tomato Gazpacho

If the acidity of red tomatoes is a deal breaker for you, swap them for mild yellow tomatoes instead. Better yet, this soup screams summer, thanks to the addition of fresh peaches.

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3. 15-minute Cucumber-avocado Blender Soup

It's as simple as blending the produce, herbs and Greek yogurt until smooth. The Asiago-encrusted baguette is just the cherry on top.

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4. Chilled Spicy Strawberry Soup

Never let another pint of berries go to waste. Pair them with apple, fresh ginger, herbs and spices to turn them into the most surprising soup you've ever tried.

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5. Velvet Corn Soup

This summer star is delicious served hot or cold. What can we say? We like having options. (P.S.: Feel free to use canned corn kernels if you don't have fresh ears on hand.)

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6. Simple Beet Gazpacho

Healthy, beautiful and ready in 15 minutes? Dreams really do come true. Top it off with a swirl of sour cream and all the fresh dill.

7. Chilled Cucumber, Avocado And Shrimp Soup

Aka the ultimate summer desk lunch. The shrimp are coated in smoked and sweet paprikas, making them the perfect spicy pairing for the mild, refreshing soup.

8. Ginger Carrot Soup

It's creamy, velvety, buttery and nutritious. Most importantly, it tastes heavenly both hot and cold.

9. Potato Leek Soup

This comforting recipe may sound like it's destined for your winter table, but cold potato soup is totally a thing. In fact, it's a lot like French vichyssoise when served chilled.

10. Truffled Cream Of Asparagus Soup

Earthy black truffle + fresh asparagus + heavy whipping cream = the most decadent spring soup of all time. We'll take ours with a grilled cheese sandwich, please.

11. Chilled Cucumber Soup With Yogurt, Cilantro, Coriander And Lime

Lime juice, Greek yogurt and jalapeño bring this cool cucumber concoction to life.

12. Chilled Cucumber Melon Soup

Not into a little spice in your soup? Try this twist on chilled cucumber—it calls for half a medium cantaloupe, but feel free to use honeydew or watermelon instead.

13. Chilled Strawberry Soup

You're only four ingredients away from a fruit-based gem that even your picky kids will approve of. The secret? White grape juice.

14. Ajo Blanco (spanish Garlic And Almond Soup)

This blender soup from Spain traditionally calls for green grapes, but this version uses crisp, tart Granny Smith apples instead.

15. Persian-style Chilled Cucumber Soup

It's loaded with toasted walnuts and fresh herbs. Bring a batch to your next barbecue to have with grilled lamb chops or chicken kebabs.

16. Watermelon Gazpacho

Need help breaking down that massive watermelon? We've got your back: This is the easiest way to cut one into cubes.

17. Chilled Strawberry Coconut Soup

Believe it or not, this fruity beauty comes together in the blender in just five minutes with the help of vanilla yogurt and coconut cream.

18. Coconut Curried Cauliflower Soup

A Thai-inspired dinner that only *looks* like it took you all night to make (even though all you needed was 40 minutes). Serve it hot or cold, depending on the weather.

19. Cucumber Gazpacho

Make it a meal by topping a bowl off with poached shrimp or lobster meat. To keep it vegetarian, finish it with microgreens, fresh cilantro and sour cream.

20. Chilled Cantaloupe Soup With Lemon And Ginger

Fetch your food processor and take this recipe for a whirl—it'll only take ten minutes and eight ingredients.

21. Hot Or Cold Thai Carrot Coconut Lemongrass Soup

This flavorful pick will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for five days or in the freezer for one month. So, make a batch to enjoy chilled and save the leftovers to try hot another time.

22. Chilled Avocado And Cucumber Soup

Psst: We're betting you have just about everything you need to make this cool starter right this minute.

23. Chilled Beet Soup

Earthy beets puréed with zingy balsamic vinegar and creamy Greek yogurt sound delicious. But TBH, the soup's color is what sold us.

24. Chilled Corn And Crab Soup

If you really want to wow your picnic guests, look no further than this 30-minute appetizer that boasts summer corn and fresh snow crab meat.

25. Chilled Cucumber Avocado Raita Soup

Inspired by South Asian riti raita, a dip-like condiment typically made from yogurt and raw or cooked vegetables, this soup is cool, refreshing and tangy.

26. Cold Watermelon Soup

There's no need to chill the soup after making it, since it starts with three cups of frozen watermelon. Genius.

27. Chilled Zucchini Walnut Basil Soup

When you've had your fill of zoodles, you can always lean on this herbaceous soup starring zucchini, fresh thyme and basil, toasted nuts and Greek yogurt.

28. Creamy Avocado Soup

This no-cook soup is beyond simple, so feel free to get fancy with the finishing touches. Think crumbled bacon, pickled red onions, toasted pepitas or chili oil.

29. Mango Gazpacho With Quick-pickled Shrimp

Behold, tomato-free gazpacho. It's equal parts fruity, refreshing and zesty, thanks to fresh ginger, vinegar and mustard seed in the shrimp brine. (BTW, before you get cooking, this is the best way to slice a mango.)

30. Simple Celery Soup

Celery is way more nutritious than you may realize. It's high in fiber, folate, vitamin K, potassium and calcium, plus it boasts antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

31. Chilled Avocado Soup

The key here is starting with the butteriest, ripest avocados at the farmers market; they're pressed through a fine-mesh sieve before being transformed into soup.


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