27 Cold Soups to Enjoy on Hot Summer Days
This chilled, no-cook Spanish soup is similar to gazpacho but blended instead of chopped. Smoked olive oil adds meatiness to the vegetarian dish.
Chilled Spring Pea Soup
Daniel Boulud puts this deliciously light and clean-tasting soup—a mix of sweet peas, favas, pea shoots, snap peas and snow peas—on the menu each spring. To make it even easier, skip the labor-intensive fresh favas, as well as the snow peas and pea shoots. Instead, just use sugar snaps and frozen baby peas.
Chilled Avocado Soup Topped with Crab
F&W Best New Chefs 2017 Rico Torres and Diego Galicia created this zesty, creamy cold soup. Their restaurant's region is the largest and most important avocado producer in Mexico, so this dish is a fitting start to the meal. The chilled soup, which is topped with fiery, crisp serranos and sweet crab, is a nice alternative to a classic tomato gazpacho.
Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese
Chef Jason Franey makes this sweet and tangy summer soup by marinating fresh peaches overnight with dried apricots, honey, vinegar and olive oil and then pureeing the mixture. Since peaches can vary in flavor, Franey suggests seasoning with vinegar to taste as you puree.
Spicy Avocado-Cucumber Soup
This tangy, luscious soup is an excellent make-ahead dish: Simply puree everything except the garnish, then chill. For a milder version, scale back on the serrano.
Chilled Fennel-Grapefruit Velouté with Lemon Olive Oil
Chef Hiroki Yoshitake cleverly uses grapefruit oil to boost the flavor in his chilled four-ingredient soup. Lemon olive oil is a terrific alternative, and easier to find in the US. The citrus oil is used in two different ways: for sautéing fennel before pureeing it with grapefruit juice, and for garnishing the soup before serving.
Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup
“Ask anyone on my staff their favorite summer dish, and they’ll tell you it’s this one,” says Hoss Zaré. Filled with herbs, nuts and raisins, the soup is delicious with grilled bread.
Chilled Tomato Soup with Goat-Milk Yogurt
Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge make yogurt from goat milk. They blend the tangy yogurt into this herb-flecked soup.
Chilled Edamame Soup with Ginger Crème Fraîche
One of the basic rules of pairing wines with food is that rich dishes match well with wines that have good acidity. This silky soup—a simple puree of onion, edamame and chicken stock—is no exception.
Tangy Green Zebra Gazpacho
Green Zebras are heirloom tomatoes with a striped pattern; they are sweet like red tomatoes but give this gazpacho a lovely jade hue. To make the chilled soup extra tangy, use tomatillos or unripe red tomatoes instead of Green Zebras.
Almost-Instant Chilled Borscht
Fresh beet juice and shredded beets are the secret to this ultra-fresh, super-quick take on borscht.
Chilled Sour Cherry Soup with Fennel & Sour Cream
Traditional Hungarian chilled sour cherry soup is sweet enough to be a dessert. Nicolaus Balla blends fennel into his more savory version and serves the beautiful pink soup as a first course. “Fennel might be my favorite vegetable,” he says.
Tangy Cucumber Soup
To turn this tangy and refreshing yogurt-based soup into a terrific light meal, simply add poached shrimp.
Chilled English Pea Soup with Crab and Meyer Lemon
This refreshing, verdant English pea and watercress soup is the perfect base for a zesty crab salad. Any lump crabmeat or cooked, chilled shrimp would also work.
Tomato Water Gazpacho
This refreshing gazpacho highlights Chef Michael Gallina’s zero-waste approach: The base of it is built on the tomato seeds and pulp, plus the brine of pickled green tomatoes, from an elegant amuse-bouche of tomato and watermelon bites.
Cucumber-Avocado Salad with Gooseberry Piri Piri Soup
Mint and Pea Soup
Mint gives this soup a wonderfully fresh taste, and it makes a perfect lunch with some bread and cheese on the side.
This truly delicious gazpacho is inspired by Andalusian chef Dani García, who includes sweet cherries in the mix, then tops the summery soup with shaved goat cheese “snow.”
Zucchini and Buttermilk Soup
This version of okroshka, a Russian chilled soup, is garnished with chopped vegetables, eggs, pickles, and fish roe. The tangy buttermilk in this recipe highlights zucchini’s mild sweetness and light vegetal flavor.
A riff on Taiwanese corn soup, Chef Jonathan Yao’s Corn Potage soothes with its deep flavor and silky-smooth texture.
This cool, sweet-tangy riff on the Spanish staple has both tomato and watermelon, as well as fresh herbs and lime juice to keep things bright.
Green Corn Soup
This silky, cool corn soup gets its great flavor and fun color from spinach and jalapeños, brightened up with a touch of fresh lime juice.
Green Gazpacho with Shrimp
The Old Country gazpacho got its color from cucumbers, and once you've tried it you'll understand why the green version is still preferred over the red in some quarters.
Ajo Blanco with Crab and Green Grapes
Chef Katie Button’s version of this classic Spanish soup is jaw-droppingly silky thanks to her homemade almond milk. The crab adds a Southern twist.
Chilled Tomato Soup with Parsley-Olive Salsa
Pizzana chef Daniele Uditi’s ultrasilky gazpacho-like soup with red bell peppers comes with a chunky salsa topper.
Chilled Piquillo Pepper Soup with Fresh Bean Salad
This light, refreshing soup combines sweet red bell peppers with more intensely flavored roasted piquillo peppers. The lemon juice and mint keep things extra light for the summer season.