Your Top 3 Healthy & Delicious Chilled Soup Recipes:
Hot summer days beckon for delicious chilled soup recipes! I used to think that I wouldn’t enjoy a cold soup recipe and never even tried a delicious gazpacho until a couple of years ago, but once I started trying them, I got really excited about all the flavor combinations I could make with various fruits and vegetables. I could make a chilled fruit soup, a cold vegetable soup, chilled corn soup or go for any one of the many and easy cold soup ideas on the internet. Pinterest is treasure-trove of ideas.
Chilled Fruit Soup
A variety of fruits can be combined to make delicious chilled fruit soups. This delicious recipe for Chilled Raspberry Soup is from Taste of Home and can easily be whipped up in just 20 minutes (plus time to chill). This soup can be made into shooters by using smaller glasses. Chilled soup shooters are perfect for appetizers or party snacks and could even be a fun idea for wedding receptions.
Chilled Raspberry Soup
– 1/3 cup cranberry juice
– 1/3 cup sugar
– 5 1/3 cups plus 12 fresh raspberries, divided
– 1 1/3 cups plus 2 Tbsp. sour cream, divided
In a blender, combine the cranberry juice, sugar and 5 1/3 cups raspberries; cover and process until blended. Strain and discard seeds. Stir in 1 1/3 cups sour cream. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
To serve, pour ¼ cup of soup into 12 cordial glasses. Top each with a raspberry and ½ teaspoon sour cream.
Chilled Vegetable Soup
Chilled soups can be really healthy for you too, because they are made from fresh produce, herbs and spices. The delicious taste makes it easy for you to consume the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. And while we’re talking about eating more vegetables, why not try this recipe for chilled cucumber and mint soup?
Chilled Cucumber and Mint Soup
– 3-4 cucumbers, peeled and seeded, cut into chunks
– ¼ cup chives, chopped
– 1 cup fresh mint
– 1 tsp. minced garlic
– 1 ¼ cups plain low-fat yogurt
– 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
– 1 tsp. salt
– 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
In a blender container, puree cucumber, chives, mint and garlic until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and whisk in the remaining ingredients. Chill for at least 2 hours, and then serve in small bowls or glasses.
A blog on chilled soups wouldn’t be complete without a traditional gazpacho recipe. Here is an easy one to try:
Easy Fresh Gazpacho Soup
– 1 large cucumber, seeded, but not peeled
– 4 large Roma tomatoes
– 1 large red bell pepper
– 1/4 medium red onion
– 2 tablespoons minced garlic
– 1 3/4 cups tomato juice
– 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
– 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 2-3 dashes Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
In a food processor or blender, coarsely chop the cucumber, set aside in a large bowl.
Repeat the process with the tomato, pepper, and onion. Stir in the remaining ingredients then cover and chill for at least 1 hour. Serve cold in small bowls or glasses.
If you’re looking for some more really good chilled soup recipes to try, check out Martha Stewart’s article on Blender to Bowl: Chilled Summer Soup Recipes. I can’t wait to try out her delicious watermelon gazpacho next!