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 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 Soups
Blend cantaloupe and honeydew into sweet, colorful soups for this no-cook course.
|Curried 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.
|Watermelon Soup with Chili and Lime
Cooling watermelon meets piquant jalapeño chili and zesty lime in this refreshing soup.
|Sour 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 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.