Cold Summer Soups: Recipes to Beat the Heat
If you can’t stand the heat, get back in the kitchen. That’s right, the kitchen. It’s just the place to be when you want to create simple, no-cooking-required summer soups filled with Indiana favorites like corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and watermelon. All you need is a food processor or blender and maybe someone to help chop everything. In no time at all, you’ll start beating then heat – and humidity – in more ways than one!
Beat-the-Heat Benefits of Cold Soup Recipes
1. Lighter and Simpler
You probably don’t feel like eating a big, heavy meal when it’s hot and sticky outside. Soup is the solution because it’s lighter, yet filling. Just enjoy a simple mixed greens salad and whole- grain roll or bread to round out your soup meal.
Practically every ingredient in all three soups is nutrient-rich. So along with satisfying your hunger, a big bowl of summer soup meets your nutritional needs. You get fiber, vitamins, minerals and all those powerful antioxidant and disease-fighting phytonutrients from every fruit, vegetable and herb to help boost immunity and keep your heart, blood pressure and bones healthy.
Fruits and vegetables contain lots of water, so these no-cook soups also provide substantial hydration. That’s important, because when the temperature outside rises, so does your need for fluids. Any and all fluids hydrate, not just water. Summertime lemonade and iced tea hydrate, as does as milk, juice, soda, sports drinks and coffee. Yes, even caffeinated beverages hydrate. Sip on summer soups and boost fluid intake beyond the minimum 9 cups daily for women and 13 cups daily for men. Those amounts are for temperate climates, by the way, so you’ll probably need more in Indiana’s sauna-like summers. (Source: The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences 2004 Hydration Guidelines)
Find the Recipes
Southwestern Corn Chowder Recipe: This no-cook summer corn chowder is a slightly chunky, grainy-textured soup due to the corn. If you like creamed corn, it’ll remind you of that.
Watermelon Gazpacho Recipe: Juicy watermelon combines with garden herbs, bell peppers and cucumbers to create this summer soup that requires no cooking.
Chilled Melon Soup Recipe: This delicious and healthy chilled melon soup is made with cantaloupe, honey and orange juice.
Classic Tomato Gazpacho Recipe: Simply blend together your farmers market favorites such as peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions to make this favorite summer soup.