Cold Soups for Hot Days

gazpacho soupCold Soups for Hot Days

I LOVE SOUP! A steamy bowl in autumn or winter, or even on a cool, rainy day in spring, satisfies my food-soul. If made well, the soup I ladle it into my bowl and spoon into my mouth can be a meal-in-one fare, supplying equal parts flavor and nutritional value. But when the hot, humid days of summer time arrive, many of us soup-lovers tend to bid a sorrowful farewell to the liquid meals that we love.

But not so fast, my fellow liquid meal lovers—I have a couple of “soup-er”, chilled-to-perfection, summertime soups that you can prepare without heating up the kitchen (or your body temperature).

GAZPACHO SOUP

3 lbs tomatoes, skinned

2 cucumbers (or 1 hot house variety), peeled, and seeded if not hot house.

1 red bell pepper, seeded

1/2 small red onion

2 cloves garlic

2 slices of “de-crusted” white bread (if you want a thicker texture to the soup)

6 Tbs extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

3 Tbs red wine vinegar

Salt to taste

First skin the tomatoes by dropping them into boiling water for 15-30 seconds. Remove and the skin should peel off readily. Dice up the tomatoes, red bell peppers, cucumbers, red onion, bread (if using) and garlic, blend in a food processor. Remove, pour into a bowl and drizzle in the EVOO. Add salt and vinegar to taste. Serve chilled, of course!

 

WATERMELON AND RIESLING SOUP

8 cups diced, seedless watermelon

2 Tbs fresh lemon juice

1 c. Riesling wine (for a family friendly soup, you can substitute ¾ c. water, ¼ c. sugar, or boil and then chill the wine to extract the alcohol)

1 tsp grated ginger

½ c. crumbled Feta cheese and 2 Tbs chiffonade of fresh mint leaves for garnish

Blend watermelon, lemon juice, wine, and ginger until smooth. Let stand for 30 minutes and then pass through a fine strainer to rid soup of excess liquid. Chill in fridge for one hour.  Ladle into bowls and garnish with feta crumbles and a sprinkling of mint.

 

Just add a piece of crusty bread spread with a semi-soft cheese and call it a meal!

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