Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Just because temperatures are on the rise doesn't mean you have to abandon a bowl of comforting soup. Using seasonal ingredients can help you craft a bold soup recipe featuring flavors not typically found in the soups we adore in the winter. Instead of a piping hot bowl of your favorite recipe, we've found some recipes for chilled summer soups to conquer your craving without competing with the summer sun. Try one of these recipes, or use it as inspiration for creating your own chilled soup!  

1. Chilled Avocado Soup with Mint & Nettle Pesto:  Avocado, mint, and pesto?! This combination of fresh seasonal flavors is perfect for a hot, sunny day. The avocado gives this soup a creamy texture that we simply can't resist. Give this recipe a try for your next weekend lunch with you and your sweetheart!

2. Watermelon, Tomato & Almond Gazpacho: A traditional chilled soup, gazpacho is a staple in regions of Spain and Portugal during the warm months. This recipe features the addition of summery watermelon for a refreshing touch! This recipe would be perfect for an alfresco meal on your balcony or patio. 

3. Green Garbanzo & Leek Soup: This flavorful soup is as lovely as it is delicious. Basil is a summertime staple, and once you have a flourishing plant in your garden, this recipe is an essential! Filled with a variety of herbs, this colorful dish would be a hit as an appetizer at brunch with friends. 

These chilled soups featuring the zesty flavors of gazpacho, refreshing touches of herbs like mint and basil, and summery fruits are a must-try for the summer months! Do you have a favorite or a recipe of your own? Share it with us in the comments below! 


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