Forget slaving over a hot oven or hob or sitting down to a plate of hot food when the weather is fine. Why not go for the cool option with a chilled soup? Here are 10 delicious variations to choose from.

Koldskål (Danish buttermilk dessert soup)

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This traditional Danish dessert of cool buttermilk, flavoured with vanilla and lemon zest is a light but refreshing change.

Serve with the traditional accompaniment of kammerjunker biscuits or add your own favourite berries.your own favourite berries.

Get the koldskål soup recipe from Spice in the City

 

Olive oil and white garlic soup

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This Spanish cold soup isn’t quite what it sounds like. Yes, it is garlicky but it’s primarily an almond soup thickened with bread.

The peppery garnish of olive oil ice cream made with coconut oil complements the garlic and almonds.

Get the olive oil and white garlic soup recipe from Cilantro and Citronella 

 

Honeydew soup with crab and avocado

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The sweetness of honeydew melons works so well in a chilled soup, and this recipe is simplicity itself.

What could be more summery than cool, sweet melon, rich crab meat and creamy avocado?

Get the honeydew soup with crab and avocado recipe from Tasting Page

 

Khiyar bi laban (cucumbers in yoghurt soup)

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Lebanese strained yoghurt is diluted and flavoured with garlic and mint before cucumber is added for a cooling effect; like a thinner version of tzatziki. It’s a popular combination in the eastern Mediterranean.

Get the khiyar bi laban recipe from Recipe Nomad

 

Chodnik cold Polish beetroot soup

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No collection of cold soup would be complete without a cold beetroot soup such as chlodnik or borscht, served traditionally with dill and hard-boiled eggs.

It’s another rich but cooling soup made with yoghurt, kefir or soured cream.

Get the chodnik cold Polish beetroot soup recipe from Happiness is Homemade

 

Chilled cucumber soup

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A vegan option now, using silken tofu rather than a dairy base.

This soup contrasts the spicy heat of a pico de gallo garnish made with jalapeno peppers with cooling cucumber flavours.

Get the chilled cucumber soup recipe from Garlic and Zest

 

Chilled beetroot, watermelon and tomato soup

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Another beetroot based cold soup, this time combining the sweetness of beetroot, watermelon and tomato.

These three reds combine to make a really eye-popping bowl of refreshment.

Get the chilled beetroot, watermelon and tomato soup recipe from Happy and Harried

 

Brazilian strawberry soup with mint and a coconut cream drizzle

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Another dessert soup, this time embracing the richness of coconut cream.

Strawberries and mint are a classic combination, and this recipe adds an extra layer of flavour with vanilla and cinnamon.

Get the Brazilian strawberry soup recipe from 4 Sons 'r' Us

 

Fruity green gazpacho

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Not a tomato gazpacho as we would normally think, but a yellow pepper, celery, cucumber and grape combination that uses these juicy vegetables and fruit juices without any added water.

Get the fruity green gazpacho recipe from Farm Fresh Feasts

 

Gazpacho with balsamic caviar

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This is one for when you’re feeling adventurous and up for a challenge.

Enjoy a tomato-rich classic gazpacho, but with an added twist of caviar-like grains of balsamic vinegar, made with agar-agar gelling agent.

Get the gazpacho with balsamic caviar recipe from Cilantro and Citronella

 

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food, travel and recipe writer and blogs at Fuss Free Flavours

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