10 Cold Soups to Enjoy on Hot Summer Days

Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese

When the weather heats up, we're always looking for something a little lighter to serve for lunch and dinner. Whether it's simply too hot to turn on the oven or grilling fatigue has you yearning for something easier, getting a few cold soup recipes in rotation is a huge help. Dine al fresco in the backyard with a tasty gazpacho or add pea soup as an appetizer to round out a weekday meal. We've rounded up plenty of cold soup recipes to whip up at home for yourself, your family, or your chosen companions during the summer months. Read on for some of our favorites.

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Smoky Salmorejo

Smoky Salmorejo

This chilled, no-cook Spanish soup is similar to gazpacho but blended instead of chopped. Smoked olive oil adds meatiness to the vegetarian dish.

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Chilled Spring Pea Soup

Chilled Spring Pea Soup
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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.

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Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese

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.

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Spicy Avocado-Cucumber Soup

Spicy Avocado-Cucumber Soup
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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.

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Chilled Persian Yogurt Soup

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.

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Chilled Tomato Soup with Goat-Milk Yogurt

Chilled Tomato Soup with Goat-Milk Yogurt
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Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge make yogurt from goat milk. They blend the tangy yogurt into this herb-flecked soup.

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Tangy Green Zebra Gazpacho

Tangy Green Zebra Gazpacho
© Earl Carter

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.

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Tangy Cucumber Soup

Tangy Cucumber Soup

To turn this tangy and refreshing yogurt-based soup into a terrific light meal, simply add poached shrimp.

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Kachumber Gazpacho

Kachumber Gazpacho
Photo by Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer / Prop Styling by Lydia Pursell

Hetal Vasavada channeled her love for kachumber, a fresh, cucumber-based Indian salad, to inspire this exciting riff on the classic chilled summery soup. Warm spices and a hint of chile add flavor and heat without overwhelming the fresh tomatoes; sev, a crispy chickpea noodle snack, adds a pleasant crunch.

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Chilled Piquillo Pepper Soup with Fresh Bean Salad

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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.

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