This weekend as I was reading through a cookbook I discovered about 8 soups that were meant to be served cold. Frankly, I'd forgotten all about the concept of chilled soups until I saw the first recipe and then I recalled that a friend used to bring a Blueberry Soup to synagogue on the days we had meals after service. It was lovely really, but I must say here that John would have none of it. In his mind, soups are hot and if done to his taste they are thick and heavy like a stew. So it's not likely something I'd have when he's home but I might consider trying one or three for just myself some of these days that he's working.
I was familiar with Vichyssoise which is a cold potato and leek soup. The name may be French but the recipe was invented here in the U.S.
And Gazpacho which is a Spanish favorite.
I'd even heard of Cucumber Soup.
I like cucumbers but they don't much care for me. The cookbook I was perusing had all sorts of cold soups including some with cooked dried beans added in or pasta. I thought it was all very interesting and confess it was an idea I'd not entertained for a summer meal until the moment I scanned through the ingredients in the first recipe.
But seriously, how well would a chilled soup come across at your home?
The Blueberry soup my friend made had a yogurt base and John claimed it as just a smoothie in a bowl, lol. It was fresh tasting and light and delicious in my opinion.
If you'll click on the links you'll find a recipe. Not one of them have I tried, so I can't claim they are the best or even good, but I thought you'd at least like to get an idea of how they are made. All of them, except the Vichyssoise, are low in calories and high in fiber. There were several Gazpacho recipes which included canned beans but this is not a classic Gazpacho.
Nearly all the recipes in my personal cookbook included a salad and a hot bread to go with the soups. Personally I think a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon would be excellent with the cucumber soup. And the cookbook suggests corn muffins and a fresh citrus and lettuce salad with the Gazpacho. I think Chicken salad would be nice with the Blueberry soup. I have no idea what to suggest serving with the Vichyssoise.
Anyway, there's another suggestion for possible summer menus that should help keep us cool.