25 Summer Soup Recipes For Keeping Your Cool

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we ate a bunch of spicy things.


It’s so hot outside that sometimes I feel like I might genuinely be melting into the sidewalk Alex Mack style, which means it’s the perfect time of year for chilled soups. They’re a hot-weather godsend, a source of comfort even when it’s too hot to slurp chicken broth. So grab a bowl and get ready to chill out, my friends. This is our moment.

1. Antonia’s Salmorejo

Antonia's Salmorejo

2. Chilled Roasted Beet and Carrot Soup with Parsley Lime Cream

Chilled Roasted Beet and Carrot Soup with Parsley Lime Cream

3. Chilled Fresh Corn Soup with King Crab

Chilled Fresh Corn Soup with King Crab

4. Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese

Chilled Peach Soup with Fresh Goat Cheese

5. Cold Avocado Soup with Sweet Corn and Bacon

Cold Avocado Soup with sweet corn and bacon

6. Chilly Watermelon Soup

Chilly Watermelon Soup

7. Bulgarian Cucumber Soup With Walnuts

Bulgarian Cucumber Soup With Walnuts

8. Cucumber-Watercress Soup

Cucumber-Watercress Soup

9. Chilled Hummus Soup

Chilled Hummus Soup

10. Bloody Mary Soup

Bloody Mary Soup

11. Lithuanian Cold Borscht

Lithuanian Cold Borscht

12. Spicy Zucchini Soup

Spicy Zucchini Soup

13. Tarator


14. Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

Chilled Melon Soup with Basil

15. Cold Carrot Soup

Cold Carrot Soup

16. Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

17. Honeydew Cucumber Soup

Honeydew Cucumber Soup

18. Vegetarian Naengmyun (Korean Cold Noodles)

Vegetarian Naengmyun (Korean Cold Noodles)

19. Vichyssoise: Chilled Leek & Potato Soup


20. Chilled Cucumber-Tahini & Herb Soup with Cumin-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Chilled Cucumber-Tahini & Herb Soup with Cumin-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

21. Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa

Chilled Cucumber and Avocado Soup with Mango Salsa

22. Cherry Gazpacho

Cherry Gazpacho

23. Cold Strawberry Orange Soup

Cold Strawberry Orange Soup

24. Cold Chickpea-Tahini Soup

Cold Chickpea-Tahini Soup

25. Cucumber Radish Avocado Gazpacho

cucumber radish avocado gazpacho

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  1. Cold müesli is a god during the summer! Love love love it. I like mine with strawberries and Greek yogurt and coconut, or guayaba and a little cream cheese, or with pumpkin and brown sugar. And ALWAYS with chia. I like mine really thick (rolled oats with steel cut oats to add texture), but if you use steel cut oats, it’s much more of a soup.

  2. i just came here to say that i saw this post on tumblr and was like “WHAT THE SHIT this looks so delicious i’ve got to check it out” before realizing that it was our post and in fact a post that i edited and scheduled, so good work all around, team

  3. I have been craving cold soups!!! Living in the South calls for as much cold soup as possible!

  4. The slightly more grown up way of submitting to my inclination to live on V8 and avocados during the summer.

  5. Omg yes thank you. Gazpacho & cold soup is literally my fave thing to eat all summer long. I’ll prob try and make at least 80% of those.

  6. My AC is broken so it is so hot inside I might genuinely melt into my bed, but just reading this list was very cooling. Thank you! Imagine how cooling it will be when I actually eat them!

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