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4 Cold Soup Recipes for Sizzling Summer Days

As the mercury climbs, you don’t have to forgo a delicious bowl of soup for lunch or dinner. These cold soup recipes hit the spot on a hot summer day. Refreshing. Delicious. Simple. What more can you ask for in a quick, healthy meal?

Creamy Cucumber Soup

In the summer, it’s not uncommon to load a pitcher of ice water with slices of ultra-hydrating cucumber and lemon. So, why not let that tasty, low-calorie flavor combination become a meal? Try this recipe for creamy cucumber soup.

Start with a reduced-sodium chicken broth base, and add cucumber, yogurt, lemon, avocado, and a variety of seasonings to this chilled soup recipe. This meal is rich in potassium and takes just 35 minutes to put together. If you’re tight on time, this soup can be enjoyed warm off the stove top or after it’s chilled for an hour in the refrigerator.

Green Tomatillo Gazpacho

Love shrimp? Make a batch of this zesty southern tomatillo gazpacho featuring avocado and jalapeño. If you overestimated and have shrimp leftover from another meal, don’t let those leftovers go to waste. Chopped shrimp—either plain or prepared with Cajun seasoning—from a seafood boil works great in this recipe.

Each serving of this soup packs a nutritional punch with 26 grams of protein and 90 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C all in one bowl.

Curried Zucchini Soup

Zucchini is a great summer fruit, and it’s easy to incorporate it into breads, salads, and pastas. For a hot-weather twist, treat the family to this simple, fresh soup recipe for curried zucchini soup.

Reduced-fat sour cream gives this cold summer soup a smooth, decadent texture while the curry powder, garlic, and black pepper come together for a bold flavor. As a bonus, this recipe is low in carbohydrates.

Sweet Grape Gazpacho

Not a fan of veggies? This chilled, fruit-based soup is a must-try from television super cook and food educator, Alton Brown. In this grape gazpacho recipe, tart granny smith apples, sweet seedless grapes, and fragrant mint leaves combine for a true summer treat even the kids will gobble up after an afternoon swim or playing in the yard.

This cold soup can easily be made in the evening with the help of a food processor and chilled overnight to enjoy the next day for lunch. It can also be scaled as a make-ahead recipe for when you’re hosting a large meal.

Try some of these cold soup recipes and learn to love this twist on a classic.

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