Thai-Style Chilled Melon Soup
5 Cool Soups for Hot Temps

If the thought of cranking your oven when the mercury rises make you cringe, chilled summer soups are the answer. With the flick of a switch, you can have a refreshing, light lunch or dinner side that’s full of healthy, fresh summer produce.

Herby Cucumber Buttermilk Soup

The best part about this soup is that it uses up bunches of fresh herbs that may otherwise languish in your refrigerator. The rest of the ingredients are easy, and you may even have them in your kitchen already. Cucumber, buttermilk, and a hint of garlic come together with the herbs in this highly refreshing summertime soup.
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Quick Blender Gazpacho

I streamlined my gazpacho recipe to maximize flavor with a few basic ingredients. I sometimes serve this to guests in shooter glasses as an hors d'oeuvres, but it's also an excellent light lunch with a piece of avocado toast or serve as part of a larger tapas style dinner. You could have an easy, and delicious, summer meal with this soup, a loaf of crusty bread, some cheeses and cured meats.
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Thai-style Chilled Melon Soup

It sounds a little unusual to have a chilled cantaloupe soup with bold flavors of fish sauce and lime, but the sweet and slightly vegetal flavors of the melon work beautifully with a spike of umami. Serve with a chilled rice noodle salad or fresh spring rolls for a refreshing Asian inspired meal on a hot day.
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Chilled & Dilled Corn Soup

The hardest part about preparing this soup is cutting the kernels from the corn. Once that's done, pop everything but the dill in the blender and it's easy sailing. I tried versions of this soup where the dill was pureed as well but found the resulting color unappealing. Stir the herbs in to serve, or sprinkle on top for the best look.
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Minted Spring Pea Soup

Purely based on the ingredients, this is one of my favorite dishes to slurp up in the springtime. The soup does, however, work equally as well in the summer months. The sweetness of the peas and brightness of the mint are enriched and grounded by the creamy avocado. Sprinkle with a little feta to serve for a salty contrast.
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