Chilled soups loaded with fruits and vegetables are colorful, refreshing and a perfect way to beat the heat during the hot days of summer. These soups can usually be prepared quickly, often in a blender, food processor or using an emersion blender. They are generally packed with nutrients and are relatively low in calories and fat because the main ingredients are fruits and vegetables. Many Americans need to eat more fruits and vegetables and enjoying chilled soups frequently is a great way to increase your intake.
Versatility: Great for Appetizers, Main Dishes, Lunch, or Snacks
The versatility of creating and serving chilled soups is unlimited. A small portion of a light puréed vegetable-based soup like cucumber, carrot or tomato can be served as a refreshing appetizer or as the first course of a meal. These can be paired with a sandwich, wrap, stuffed pita pocket or salad to create a light meal. They also make a satisfying snack. Hearty chilled soups like a green pea with mint, avocado, or a chunky gazpacho with garbanzo or other beans can be served as a main dish.
How to Make Chilled Soups
Chilled fruit soups can be made with different fruits like cantaloupe, watermelon, mango and berries. Dried fruitscan be chopped and added if a chewy texture is desired or they can be cooked, puréed and then added to the soup. Using frozen fruits speeds the chilling of soup prior to serving. Enjoy as a breakfast beverage or for a great dessert. Chilled soups are a welcome addition to a summertime brunch or buffet. These soups are best when very cold. Place the serving bowl in a large container of ice to keep the soup very cold and use a chilled ladle on a buffet. Or pour from a chilled glass pitcher and serve in chilled bowls, cups or glasses.
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Soup recipes are very adaptable to suit individual taste preferences or to accommodate available ingredients. For example, the most common version of gazpacho includes tomatoes, sweet peppers, onion, garlic, tomato juice and lemon or lime juice. But many other ingredients can be used in gazpacho instead or in addition to these ingredients. Part of the fun of creating soups is varying the ingredients to include your favorites!
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