Cold Soups: Turn Down Heat and Turn Up The Flavor

Cold soup is a favorite as a refreshing alternative to warm, hearty soups. These recipes/dishes tend to be chock full of fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables from honeydew to cucumber and mint to zesty gazpacho. No doubt cold soups offer their own uniquely “slurpable” flavors.

For cold soup newcomers, one favorite Spanish recipe gazpacho is the ultimate chilled soup for many. Made with the ripest tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers, this vegetarian classic soup is thickened with stale bread or bread crumbs/croutons and brightened up with garlic and sherry vinegar. Other favorite classic cold soups are vichyssoise, borscht, yogurt cucumber & dill, and carrot ginger. Soups, either hot or cold are great platforms for your creative side to shine. They can be jazzed up with seasoning blends, like Ras el Hanout, or Chinese five spice, to name just a few, and don’t forget about the wide variety of fresh herbs that will complement your creation.

Smoothies and smoothie bowls have been all the rage the past few years. For a Smoothie bowl, you can create pretty much any combo of flavors and then top it with your favorite fruits or crunchies like cereal and nuts. This means it’s more satisfying than a regular smoothie. You eat it with a spoon, like cold soup. This made us think, how about using some of our cold soups as a base for a smoothie or smoothie bowl. After trial and error with various soup blends, we ended up with a few tasty treats. Using these soup blends, such as carrot ginger, not only gave us great looking and tasty smoothies, but also a nice nutritional boost.

So for a change of pace, take the chance and mix some fruit and veggies together. Please see our featured recipes for some inspiration. Enjoy!

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