Summer soup recipes are wonderful but on a warm, summers' day what could be lovelier than a bowl of cold soup. Cold soup recipes make perfect and elegant starters for a dinner or for outdoor eating, picnics and barbecues. as they can easily be carried in a flask and drunk from a glass.
The hotter the temperature, the cooler the soup, so add ice cubes or serve in chilled bowls. Not too, too hot then serve at room temperature which also gives the maximum flavour to the soup.
As the weather warms up food takes on a lighter, brighter feel. This Spring Onion, Pea and Mint Recipe takes on that lighter tone and is a perfect for spring and summer lunches and because it uses frozen peas, can actually be made at any time of year.
Leek and potato soup is a classic British recipe, it is a winter favourite when served warm, and cold, is perfect for summer. Leek and potato soup is also known as Vichyssoise, and is believed to have originated in France though there are many other claims on the origin. Wherever it comes from, it is delicious, easy and cheap to make.
A great alternative to leek and potato, this is a delicious thick soup with a real punch of Stilton. To get the maximum flavour serve at room temperature not too chilled.
This Green Gazpacho recipe is from Yotam Ottolenghi's book, Plenty. As he states in the book, there are a million recipes for gazpacho, and this one, a green variation is loosely based on tarator, a cold yoghurt and cucumber soup from the Balkans. A free standing blender works best but a stick blender could also be used.
This recipe for a traditional Spanish Gazpacho comes from Lisa and Tony Sierra, About.com's Guides to Spanish Food. According to Lisa and Tony - this soup is eaten often in Andalusia, the region from which is originates. Gazpacho can be eaten from a soup bowl, or can be drunk from a glass. Either way, it is tasty, satisfying and very healthy, since it is made from nothing but fresh vegetables and a bit of oil and vinegar.
This Carrot and Ginger Soup Recipe is packed with healthy fresh, carrots and warming, tingling spices of ginger and a light sprinkling of curry powder which gives it a slight kick.
The carrots give the soup a lovely sweetness, so children really like it and its good for part of the 5-a-day. And, as the soup freezes well, make a large batch.
Fresh summer peas and garden mint are a match made in heaven; their combination in any recipe is delicious. Pea and Mint soup is simple, quick and easy to make and if fresh peas aren't available the pea and mint soup recipes works just as well with frozen peas. A classic summer soup.
Cream of Asparagus soup is a great way to use up misshapen bundles of Asparagus; misshapen bundles cost less than picture perfect ones, so you can save money too. This soup is lovely in early spring, when asparagus is in season, and also makes a lovely cold summer on a warm summers' day.