Soup tends to take the back seat during summer cooking- maybe because of its cold weather comforting properties. Still, chilled options such as Gazpacho and pea soup are so easy to make! So, don’t give up on soup this summer! Choosing soup as a meal is one of the easiest ways to stay healthy this season. Soup is nutritious, diverse, easy to prepare, and easily digestible! Many turn their heads at soup during hot summer days but some of the best soups are served chilled. The options are endless, between savory and sweet soups, this list compiles some of the best recipes to chose from. In order to reap the nutritional benefits and try something new this summer, check out these perfect for warmer weather soups that will leave you refreshed and full.
1. Chilled Lemon Basil Avocado Soup
This green and creamy wonder is a great way to boost your immune system and give your tummy some healthy love. Check out this recipe for chilled lemon basil avocado soup from Soup Addict!
2. Slow Cooker Summer Chowder
This summer comfort soup can be thrown in the crock pot for four hours and then served as a tasty meal for any day of the week. Packed with summer corn and chunks of potatoes, this soup tastes great and will fill you up fast! Check out the recipe from Baked by Rachel.
3. Tomato Mint Gazpacho
The traditionally Spanish chilled soup Gazpacho is loaded with tomato, cucumber, chives, and mint garnish, making it one of the healthiest meals on this list. Simply throw the ingredients in a blender and let chill for four hours. Get the recipe by Yummy Beet.
4. Cucumber Gazpacho with Watermelon & Mint
This flavorful take on Gazpacho packs a spicy punch with a light sweetness thanks to the unique addition of watermelon. Easy to make and perfect for a family meal (makes up to six servings), try this recipe from Food Network.
5. Grilled Beef & Vegetable Soup
Fire up your summer grill for this healthy option. Grilled beef and veggie soup packs in the protein and nutrients to make any day a good day. This soup pairs perfectly with biscuits and a fresh summer salad. Check out the recipe from Country Living.
6. Ginger Turmeric Spiced Spring Carrot Soup
This recipe from Gourmande is sunshine in a bowl. With a little heat from spices, the star ingredients are the ginger and turmeric. Ginger eases stomach pain and digestion while turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Use this summer soup as a pick me up when feeling under the weather.
7. Creamy Zucchini & Coconut Milk Soup
Creamy Zucchini & Coconut Milk soup is dairy free and serves as a perfect appetizer. Served hot or cold- this tasty treat is a seasonal must! Zucchini and mint perform their best growing season during the summer months, making this soup a fresh way to start any meal.
8. Chilled Melon and Lavender Soup
This whimsical dish is delicious just as much as it is pretty! Fruit soups are a great way to satisfy sweet cravings without adding processed sugars. This dish is dairy free and gluten free. It favors the raw flavors of natural ingredients. The star ingredient of this dish is the culinary lavender with its distinct floral flavor. Get the recipe from Sprinkle with Love to try today!
9. Summer Corn Soup
Corn is the go to summer ingredient. Not only is this soup vegan and gluten free, it can also be prepared two different ways- blended smooth or chunky. This dish only takes 30 minutes to prepare and contains only 9 ingredients! Try it today from Minimalist Baker.
10. Green Tea & Honeyed Cantaloupe Soup
Get the medicinal properties of green tea and the nutritional value of fruit soup all in one bowl. Green Tea & Honeyed Cantaloupe Soup is rich in vitamin C with sweet and zesty notes of lime and cantaloupe. You can find the recipe from Traditional Home.
11. Sweet Potato Lime Soup
Although many find sweet potato soups to be more fitting for colder seasons, the hint of lime in this recipe from Paleo Leap is the perfect touch to make this heavier soup a zesty and refreshing. It is a filling soup and can be used as a main dish for any meal. Not to mention is vegan!
12. Chilled Summer Borscht
This creamy, colorful Ukrainian dish is pretty and pink! With the main ingredient of beets, the pinkish purple color will brighten up your day. Although it looks like a sweet dessert, this soup is actually savory and bitter. Recipe by Ina Garten, host of Food Network’s Barefoot Contessa.
13. Chicken Tortilla Soup
This soup is a classic summer dish, whether served as an appetizer or main course. This dish holds a citrus punch with a hint of spice along with a variety of colors and textures that go well with the vibes of summer. Get the recipe from Turntable Kitchen.
14. Parsnip and Potato Soup
This twist on potato leek soup combines savory and sweet. The recipe from Real Simple includes filling potatoes with the garnish of parsnip for complimentary flavors. This recipe tastes great hot or cold… making it perfect for leftovers. Add scallions and bacon for more flavor.
15. Summer Vegetable Minestrone
This colorful soup is hearty and healthy and tastes great hot or cold. Take advantage of your local farmer’s market and get creative with a variety of veggies! This recipe is flexible for whatever your appetite desires. Get the recipe here from All That I Am Eating.