Chilled Summer Soups!

August 14, 2018

When the heat of summer makes the sound of hot soup – or hot anything, for that matter – less than desirable, try these chilled soups we found that add a refreshing twist to a traditionally hot entrée! These options are as varied as people’s palates, and you can whip up your own versions with corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, avocados and pineapple! 

Three Great Gazpachos

Martha Stewart calls these 12 recipes a tasty journey from blender to bowl. One twist on the traditional gazpacho recipe is her Sophisticated Tomato Soup with a slew of protein and garnishes. You can chill this tasty, garlicky, vinegary soup for up to two days and serve with croutons, manchego cheese, sliced prosciutto and hard cooked eggs. 

Martha also offers a Golden Gazpacho soup made with yellow tomatoes, squash, bell peppers and carrot juice and garnished with avocado and chopped red tomatoes. You can make this soup in less than 30 minutes and it’s a classy interpretation of the cold tomato classic.

And from the Living Well Kitchen here’s a little sweet and spicy Pineapple Cucumber Gazpacho. Sounds good, right? Blogger Meme came up with this culinary creation, which really has very little resemblance to tried and true gazpacho – except that it’s refreshing and delicious, too.

Milk the Corn!

Food Blogger Sherrie at With Food and Love created a Cold Vegan Corn Soup for a group of 30 local chefs from fresh corn, gold tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, onion and oil and vinegar – plus a few simple spices. She’ll teach you how to “milk” a cob of corn (!) and blend till smooth. She made a cucumber salad and put it right on top of each bowl of soup.

Dara, the Cookin’ Canuck shared her recipe for chilled avocado and coconut soup, with onion, jalapeno, avocado, coconut milk and vegetable broth. Her garnish is a mint sprig and chopped tomatoes, and we can’t wait to try this one, all 28 fat grams of it!

Chilled and Dilled

In the Greek soup known as avgolemono (“ahv-go-LEH-mo-no”), ingredients like chicken broth, lemon juice, eggs, a bit of rice and a lot of dill makes for a light, velvety soup that tantalizes the taste buds! Epicurious has this recipe and 34 more like cold Pea Soup with Yogurt, and Chilled Ramen Noodles with Chili Oil. 

If cold ramen noodles sound like a taste treat, head over to Katsu Ramen on Havana Street in Aurora. The popular Japanese restaurant serves a chilled ramen alternative to their hot ramen menu items called hiyashi chuka, and it’s delish.

The Katsu Ramen version combines cooked and chilled ramen noodles with a creamy sauce that’s not quite a broth and not exactly a chowder. Katsu adds fresh ginger, julienned cucumber and sweetened omelet to punctuate the dish, plus thin slices of cha shu pork. 

Is it dinnertime yet?

Chillin’ in Southshore!

The Lakehouse in the master-planned community of Southshore is the perfect place to chill on an afternoon or evening. You can hang out at the pool, meet for coffee on Saturdays in the Lakeview room, or sit out on the deck and take in the view. Speaking of views, check out the spectacular models from Toll Brothers, Richmond American Homes and Century Communities, in both ranch and two-story designs, priced between the upper $300s and the $700s. It’s life at the lake, and it’s chill!