Chilled Summer Soups to Make When It's Hot Outside

Chilled Cucumber Soup
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

While you may generally think of soup as a dish to serve during cooler months of the year, chilled soups can provide a cooling respite from summer's sultry heat. They can make a great start to a light meal or serve as a main course when paired with a fresh salad and warm bread. Chilled soups and gazpachos are a delicious way to use the fresh produce that is spilling out of the farmers' market this season—and we're taking our list of the best chilled summer soups way beyond tomatoes.

We're calling on avocados, watermelon, cucumbers, radishes, corn, bell peppers, and a bevy of fresh herbs to serve up these refreshing summertime dishes. If you're looking to really up the ante, serve these cold summer soups in chilled bowls by placing the bowls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. It'll keep the soup cold for longer.

01 of 07

Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup

Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup

Our tangy and fresh Cucumber-Buttermilk Soup is going to be your summertime go-to. Fresh mint and tarragon give it wonderful flavor.

02 of 07

Green Tomato Gazpacho

Green Tomato Gazpacho in a white bowl
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Ruth Blackburn, Prop Stylist Christine Keely

Recipe: Green Tomato Gazpacho

Bright, fresh green tomatoes combine with English cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and loads of tender herbs for a truly refreshing summer soup.

03 of 07

Sweet Corn-Bell Pepper Soup

Sweet Corn-Bell Pepper Soup
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Sweet Corn-Bell Pepper Soup

This is summer's finest bounty, by the bowlful. It's best to seek out orange bell peppers rather than substituting for another variety.

04 of 07

Chilled Radish-and-Avocado Soup

Chilled Radish-and-Avocado Soup
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Ginny Branch; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Chilled Radish-and-Avocado Soup

Cold sparkling water is not a typo in the ingredient list. It brings just a hint of bubbly interest to the palate with each spoonful.

05 of 07

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Watermelon Gazpacho

This light refreshing soup captures summer in a bowl. Chill for at least 30 minutes to ensure that it's chilled thoroughly.

06 of 07

Sweet Pea-Avocado Soup

Sweet Pea-Avocado Soup
Johnny Autry; Prop and Food Styling: Charlotte L. Autry

Recipe: Sweet Pea-Avocado Soup

Find a prettier summer soup—we dare you. Our Sweet Pea-Avocado Soup calls on stunning radishes, ripe avocados, scallions, honey, and a bit of green pepper hot sauce for the perfect bite.

07 of 07

Chilled Cucumber Soup

Chilled Cucumber Soup
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Recipe: Chilled Cucumber Soup

Cucumbers, avocado, basil leaves, and fresh flat-leaf parsley give this chilled soup its vibrant color and lively flavor. The whole dish comes together in your blender. Just process, chill, plate, and serve with a drizzle of olive oil and garnish of thinly sliced cucumber, basil leaves, and fresh cracked black pepper.

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