- Chilled Cucumber Soup
- Sweet Corn Chowder
- Coconut Chicken Soup
- Pea and Mint Soup
- Beetroot Soup
- Final Words
Are you searching for comforting homemade soups and easy dinner ideas to beat the summer heat? Look no further than these soothing soup bowl recipes featuring seasonal ingredients and vibrant flavors. In this blog post, we share six summer soups that satiate and restore on the warmest evenings.
Transport yourself to sunnier climes with each spoonful of aromatic Coconut Chicken Soup. This fragrant Thai-inspired recipe made from chicken, mushrooms, and coconut milk will delight the senses.
For a touch of Spanish escape, whip up a batch of chilled Gazpacho, a raw tomato-based soup flavored with olive oil, peppers, and cucumbers. Cocolorum Ipsum, a vibrant Pea and Mint Soup made from fresh peas, stock, and summery mint, delivers comfort in a bowl.
Are you craving something heartier? An earthy Beetroot Soup provides balance with its vibrant root vegetable base topped with dill and sour cream. Prefer lighter fare as an appetizer? Start with a Cucumber Soup or Sweet Corn Chowder, two crisp and restorative recipes ideal for your summer soup plates.
Whether starting a meal or needing something more substantial, these homemade summer soups from seasonal ingredients offer the ultimate comfort food in warm weather. Read on!
1. Chilled Cucumber Soup
On a sweltering day, this light appetizer made from the season's freshest cucumbers and herbs instantly transports you to more relaxed surroundings with its crispness.
To make this soothing soup, start by peeling and slicing 3-4 medium cucumbers. Place them in a blender with plain yogurt or buttermilk, fresh mint, dill, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Blend the ingredients on high until smooth and creamy. For extra decadence, add a splash of heavy cream. Taste and adjust the flavors to your liking. You can add more salt to enhance the natural flavor of cucumbers or squeeze fresh lemon juice for some brightness.
Chili flakes provide subtle heat. Your soup is ready, but consider topping it with crunchy ,cucumber slices, a swirl of yogurt, or a sprinkle of fresh herbs for an extra special touch.
This chilled Cucumber Soup is ideal for summer dinner parties or al fresco meals. As your guests arrive, their senses will be delighted by the fresh, vibrant scent of mint and cucumber wafting from this rich green soup.
2. Sweet Corn Chowder
Are you looking for a hearty, comforting soup for a summer evening? The velvety Sweet Corn Chowder, flecked with red and green bell peppers, fits the bill. This homemade chowder highlights the natural sweetness of corn paired with creamy decadence.
To make this chowder, sauté diced onions, celery, and bell peppers in butter. Once tender, add freshly scraped corn kernels, diced potatoes, stock, and cream. Simmer until the potatoes are cooked, and the chowder has thickened slightly. Using an immersion blender or blender, puree some chowder to give it an ultra-creamy texture.
Season your Sweet Corn Chowder with salt and pepper, then finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, chopped chili, or herbs like dill for balance and brightness. You can also grate nutmeg or allspice for extra warmth – the spices accentuate the sweetness of the corn.
Ladle your chowder into decorative soup bowls. Top with crispy bacon, avocado, herb oil, or crunchy cornbread croutons. Your comforting Sweet Corn Chowder can be enjoyed in the height of summer or other times when you crave its velvety decadence. Close your eyes with each spoonful and be transported to golden fields of corn and blue skies.
3. Coconut Chicken Soup
Escape to the tropics with one spoonful of this aromatic Coconut Chicken Soup. This Thai-inspired recipe perfumed with garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and chili is a refreshing antidote to the summer heat.
To make this vibrant soup, sauté minced garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and chopped chili in coconut oil. Add chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce, and sugar, then boil. Simmer boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the broth until cooked through.
Remove chicken and shred, then return to the pot with sliced mushrooms, cilantro, and lime juice. You can enhance your Coconut Chicken Soup by serving it with rice noodles, crusty bread, bean sprouts, or other fresh veggies on the side for extra heartiness and crunch. Garnish each bowl with lime wedges, cilantro, chili sauce, or toasted coconut for different flavors and aromas.
Fresh, healthy, and satisfying, this Coconut Chicken Soup made from pantry essentials comes together in under 30 minutes. Your kitchen will be filled with the intoxicating scents of coconut, garlic, and lemongrass as the soup simmers. You will instantly feel relief from the summer swelter with one spoonful of this flavorful chicken coconut broth.
4. Pea and Mint Soup
Your refreshing homemade Pea and Mint Soup, made from fresh summer peas, stock, and herbs, delivers comfort in a bowl. This vibrant green soup, flecked with fresh mint, is ideal for warmer evenings.
Sauté diced onions in butter until translucent. Add stock, peas, salt, and pepper. Simmer until peas are tender, then blend until slightly chunky or smooth and creamy. Finish with fresh mint and lemon juice, and chill before serving.
For extra summery soup plates, garnish your Pea and Mint Soup with dollops of yogurt or crème fraiche, pea shoots, lemon zest, and croutons. The bright green hue of this homemade soup provides the perfect blank canvas for your seasonal soup bowl recipes.
No summer soup plate is complete without a chilled bowl of Gazpacho. This raw tomato-based Spanish classic, flavored with olive oil, peppers, cucumbers, and vinegar, celebrates the season's ripe produce.
Combine seeded tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Blend in batches until mostly smooth with some texture remaining. For extra flavor, add diced stale bread and blend into the soup.
Chill your Gazpacho for at least 2 hours before serving so the flavors develop and intensify. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. You want a balance of bright and tangy flavors.
Serve your Gazpacho garnished with diced peppers, cucumbers, avocado, and bread. A fruity olive oil and shredded basil make perfect summery soup plates. Your Gazpacho is a humble yet stunning start to any summer meal.
6. Beetroot Soup
Are you seeking a colorful and nourishing soup for your summer dinner plans? The vibrant Beetroot Soup has you covered. Earthy beets are balanced with creamy yogurt or sour cream, citrus, and fragrant dill for a bowl that delights all the senses.
Sauté chopped beets, onions, and garlic in butter. Add stock and simmer until beets are tender. Blend until smooth and creamy—season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and lemon juice to taste. Serve your Beetroot Soup hot or chilled.
For the perfect summery garnish, top your Beetroot Soup with a swirl of Greek yogurt or sour cream, fresh chopped dill, citrus zest, and toasted walnuts or crunchy croutons. Each vibrant spoonful delivers comfort in a bowl.
From chilled Cucumber Soup to hearty Beetroot Soup, vibrant Gazpacho, and fragrant Coconut Chicken Soup, these recipes highlight the season's fresh flavors. Do let me know which you enjoyed most! May these soothing and restorative soup bowls escape the summer swelter. Browse MALACASA's unique collection of soup plates.