When most of us think of a bowl of soup, we picture it steaming. It's the type of meal that exudes a certain coziness, where blankets and a fire seem like the natural next steps. But no one wants blankets and a fire during the summer, even if we still crave a hearty helping of soup. So turn down the temperature.
This dish can still be a staple of your diet during the middle of the year with a few simple changes, and we found 10 cold soup recipes that will do the trick. Now you have every right to imagine an inviting lounge chair that's warmed by the sun because these cold soup recipes would fit right in.
Sweet Corn Gazpacho
Cold Hard Facts: Kristen from The Endless Meal raves about her recipe for sweet corn gazpacho on a summer day, and we can't blame her. It features three ears of corn, white onion, and yellow tomatoes, plus a squeeze of fresh lime juice and sea salt. It doesn't get more summery than that.
Keep Your Cool: "I like this soup quite creamy, but if you think you might like it a little chunky, blend the soup just a little, taste, and then continue to blend it until it's perfect for you," she says.
Green Garbanzo and Leek Soup
Cold Hard Facts: This chilled soup from Love and Lemons may have a beautiful shade of green, but its ingredients are what really caught our eye. Leeks, shallots, and garlic cloves mix with splashes of honey and champagne to make for a dish that tastes as decadent as it looks.
Keep Your Cool: "It's important to add the herbs when cooled, you don't want to cook them in this soup," Jeanine says. "They'll be more vibrant here if they're pureed in their raw form."
Gazpacho With Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Cold Hard Facts: If you're looking for a soup that has some bite, this recipe from Taste and See is the one for you. Not only does it feature its namesake seafood cooked with cayenne pepper and paprika, but it also has jalapeños and red peppers, too.
Keep Your Cool: As you prepare the gazpacho, Holly says to "make sure the tomato seeds are removed from the meat, then put the tomato pieces into a food processor" so that you'll create a smooth consistency.
Cucumber Gazpacho With Watermelon and Mint
Cold Hard Facts: Everything about this recipe from Country Living is summer eating at its best. English cucumbers, cilantro, and mint give the soup a verdant color, as fresh ginger, watermelon, and pepitas provide unexpectedly satisfying layers. It's a meal that you'll have to eat outside.
Keep Your Cool: The recipe says to "transfer gazpacho to a large pitcher, cover, and refrigerate at least two hours or up to eight hours," so it's the perfect recipe to make ahead.
Cold Hard Facts: In the summer, standing in front of a hot stove making soup is the last thing we want to do for dinner. That's why this no-cook gazpacho from Foodie Crush is such a good idea. Mix tomato juice with garlic, celery, cucumbers, and a bunch of other fresh veggies, and that's it—dinner is served.
Keep Your Cool: "Classic gazpacho can run the gamut from smooth-as-silk-where's-the-straw to bring-on-the-chips-and-pass-the-tequila-let's-eat-chunky-salsa," Heidi says. "I prefer mine well blended but with a bite, with just enough chunk to make me feel like I'm eating something instead of sipping."
Chilled Cucumber Soup
Cold Hard Facts: Cool cucumbers are a refreshing part of the season, and that's why this recipe from Garlic and Zest is so satisfying. Thanks to that primary ingredient, plus tofu, vegetable broth, and cilantro, this simple meal can cool you down and fill you up in no time.
Keep Your Cool: "For a little contrast, I make a quick pico de gallo with ripe tomato, finely diced white onion and cilantro," Lisa says, which she uses for topping.
Chilled Corn and Crab Soup
Cold Hard Facts: We're returning to Foodie Crush to showcase this recipe, which cooks corn in almond milk before adding it to fresh snow crab and avocado slices. Heidi tops it all with cilantro, but she also recommends dill, parsley, and basil.
Keep Your Cool: "I like to add my crab to the top of the soup rather than mixing it in for presentation, and so it doesn't get too muddled within the soup," she says.
Curried Squash Soup
Cold Hard Facts: This recipe from Bon Appétit creates an easy and elegant dish around summer squash, which is paired with a chopped onion, chicken broth, and curry powder. Top it with sour cream, cilantro, and black pepper, and don't be afraid to dip a big hunk of bread in, too.
Keep Your Cool: Season the onion and squash with curry powder before sprinkling over salt and pepper, the recipe says. Wait until they're tender, and then add the broth.
Cold Hard Facts: Jennifer from Savory Simple recommends serving this recipe in a pitcher for parties, and we can see why. Given that it calls for cantaloupe, cucumber, and shallots—plus white wine vinegar and lemon juice—it would be an immediate crowd pleaser.
Keep Your Cool: "Cut the cantaloupe in half and scoop out the seeds, discarding them," she says, to get things started. Then "slice each cantaloupe half into quarters and use a large spoon to scoop the fruit into a blender, discarding the skin."
Cold Ramen Soup
Cold Hard Facts: Did you know that ramen can be served cold? If you take a cue from Serious Eats, you won't be disappointed by the shift. The combinations of ingredients can change, but one recommendation includes corn, peaches, asparagus, and mushrooms.
Keep Your Cool: "The most important thing is to make sure there's a good mix of crunchy, refreshing vegetables (like cucumbers and celery) along with ingredients that can provide some brightness, like tomatoes and even peaches," the writer Shao Z. says.