PHOTO: ANDREA MONZO; FOOD STYLIST: SPENCER RICHARDS
Whether you’ve had a bad day, aren’t feeling well, or just need some extra comfort before your weeknight meal, when it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than a hearty bowl of hot, steaming soup. What do you do in the summer though? We’re no strangers to an annoying hot cold or too-cold A/C you can’t refuse at work – a bowl of soup is just the trick to warding off any summer negatives. Check out our list of 24 summer soups — trust us, they’re not just for winter anymore.
One of the best ways to make sure your soups are extra seasonal is to rely on summer’s best fruits and vegetables. Gazpacho, a cold soup originating in Spain, is the perfect example: for one, it’s made from just perfectly ripe tomatoes, a little vinegar and salt, and for two it’s served chilled, making it extra refreshing when warm. You’ll also find varieties made from other summer vegetables such as summer squash or cucumber – we even have a recipe for watermelon Gazpacho.
If cold soup sounds too strange to you, don’t worry. We also highlight summer products such as summer squash, sweet corn and peppers in warm soups. Check out our zucchini soup, our stuffed bell pepper soup (use a rainbow of bell peppers!), or our bacon jalapeño corn chowder. Try dusting off your favorite winter soup recipes and replace ingredients with summer vegetables too — keep the proportions the same and you might just create a new favorite.
Another reason why we love soup in the summer? Eating warm (both temperature and spice) food can really make you to feel cooler when it’s hot outside. The science behind it is that it makes you sweat more and raises your body temperature a little, narrowing the temperature difference between you and the weather outside. Check out the spicy soups on this list, like our seafood gumbo, our Thai chicken coconut soup, or our kimchi tofu stew to see if it works for you!
You know what goes well with soup? Salad! Also, check out our best healthy dinner salad ideas and summer salad recipes.