Beat the Heat with These 7 Chilled Soups

Cook, In Season, Recipe Roundup, Summer


It’s hot out there! In addition to staying in the shade, cranking up the air conditioning and lounging by the pool, you can also beat the August heat with a refreshing chilled soup. From gazpacho to borscht and everything in between, here are seven recipes that are sure to cool you down from the inside out.


Chilled Beet and Cucumber SoupChilled Beet and Cucumber Soup


Eastern Europe has given rise to many versions of the peasant soup of beets known as borscht, commonly served with dark rye bread. This version makes a cool, festive and bright soup to cleanse the palate.

Two Melon SoupsTwo Melon Soups


Blend cantaloupe and honeydew into sweet, colorful soups for this no-cook course.

Curried Carrot PureeCurried Carrot Puree


Curry powder and orange juice add flavor and vibrancy to this earthy carrot soup, which can be served chilled or hot.

Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup with Dilled Shrimp


Chilled soups are easy to take on the go for a picnic. Just fill a container with the soup, cap tightly, and place in an ice chest.

Chilled Watermelon Soup with Chili and LimeWatermelon Soup with Chili and Lime


Cooling watermelon meets piquant jalapeño chili and zesty lime in this refreshing soup.

Chilled Sour Cherry Soup with TarragonSour Cherry Soup with Tarragon


Here, the herbal, anise-like flavor of fresh tarragon has a savory yet sweet quality that plays off the almond-like nuances of fresh sour cherries.

Curried Cauliflower with AlmondsCurried Cauliflower with Almonds


This chilled soup gets a flavor boost from Madras curry powder, a classic Indian spice blend, while Greek yogurt lends a creamy finish.



This Spanish classic comes together in a flash—use the best vine-ripened heirloom tomatoes you can find.

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