Our Most Refreshing Spring Soup Recipes
Don’t let rising temperatures deter you from a suppertime standby: soup. These easy, one-pot recipes come together quickly on busy weeknights, and leftovers can be frozen and thawed out later to enjoy. Recipes like Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup will warm you up on chilly, early-spring evenings, and chilled options like Green Goddess Soup with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat are perfect for serving on hotter nights. These recipes make great additions to an Easter lunch or bridal shower menu. Pair them with a fresh spring salad, and you’re menu is complete.
Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup
Recipe: Spring Lettuce and Leek Soup
This vibrant green soup is packed with bright spring color and flavor. Top it off with a dollop of sour cream and a fresh dill sprig for a pretty presentation.
Recipe: White Gazpacho
This chilled soup gets its creamy texture from Spanish Marcona almonds. Serve this quick-fix dish as an appetizer.
Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup
Recipe: Lemon Chicken Vegetable Soup
Chilly spring evenings call for a comforting bowl of soup. Lemon slices give this healthy chicken and vegetable soup a zesty kick.
Chilled Cucumber, Cantaloup, and Strawberry Soups
Chilled Carrot Soup
Recipe: Chilled Carrot Soup
A vibrant and refreshing soup like this one is is cold in temperature, but it's also a colorful way to start off your Easter menu or spring party.
Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup
Recipe: Lemon, Orzo, and Meatball Soup
Chicken noodle soup gets an upgrade with new swaps like orzo pasta, chicken meatballs, and lemon slices.
White Bean and Chorizo Soup
Recipe: White Bean and Chroizo Soup
Our Test Kitchen recommends spicing up this one-pot soup with Mexican chorizo, which also gives the bright red color. Serve it with slices of crusty bread for dipping.
Chilled Blueberry Soup
Recipe: Chilled Blueberry Soup
Start a springtime meal off on a sweet note with a refreshing blueberry soup.
Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt
Recipe: Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt
Gazpacho—a classic chilled soup—is the perfect dish to beat the summer heat, and this Peach-and-Tomato Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt captures summer in a bowl. It is light and refreshing, and it has the perfect balance of sweet peaches and ripe tomatoes, as well as a little spice from ground white pepper, some chopped fresh chives, and minced garlic. You can chill this as little as an hour, or as much as a day. Depending on how far in advance you prepare this, you may need to check the seasonings. Regardless of how this dish comes to the table, guests will love its refreshing combination of flavors, and enjoy the idea of a cold, refreshing soup on a hot summer day, or as they ease into the relaxing feelings of a cool summer evening.
Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho
Recipe: Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho
Chopped tomatoes, honeydew, cantaloupe, mango, nectarines, and cucumber come together in this crowd-pleasing, effortless appetizer.
Green Goddess Soup with Jumbo Lump Crabmeat
At her popular Los Angeles dinner parties, entertaining columnist Julia Reed's good friend Suzanne Rheinstein, an interior designer and New Orleans native, often serves a first course consisting of a generous scoop of jumbo lump blue crab napped with green goddess dressing. Reed now serves what she thinks of as "Suzanne's Green Goddess Crabmeat" a lot, but sometimes an entire serving of crab is too much. Instead, she inverted the dish by making a soup out of green goddess ingredients and using a few lumps of crab as garnish only. Even without the crab, the soup (inspired by a recipe from another pal, Nora Etheridge) is pretty great.
Chilled Zucchini Soup
Recipe: Chilled Zucchini Soup
This refreshing soup is full of fresh flavors. Make ahead and store up to 2 days.
Saffron Veal Stew
Recipe: Saffron Veal Stew
Contributing editor Julia Reed says this stew is perfect for springtime outdoor entertaining. Additional saffron gives the dish a richer color.