Six of The Best Cold Summer Soup Recipes

Cucumber soup and gazpacho may be what first comes to mind when talk of cold summer soups comes up, but chilled soups for warm summer evenings can be so much more. Here's a few of the best light, healthy and easy summer soups for cooling vegetarian and vegan meals.

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    This mango ginger soup is one of those recipes that you have to try to believe. After a quick glance at the simple ingredients list - mango, lime, ginger and chili peppers - you might think it a bit odd. But, before you move on, take a look at all the five-star reviews and you'll think twice about skipping this hydrating and refreshing summer soup. Besides, if you're looking for a healthy summer meal, this mango soup is fat-free, low in calories and, it's a raw food recipe as well....MORE It just doesn't get any better that this.

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    The ingredients in this cool summer tomato soup recipe are quite simple: just tomatoes, fresh basil, vegetable broth and balsamic vinegar, so be sure to use fresh and quality ingredients. This vegetarian and vegan summer soup is a nourishing way to show off the bumper tomato crop in your garden, if you're lucky enough to have one this summer!

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    Tomato and red pepper raw vegan gazpacho soup recipe
    Tomato and red pepper raw vegan gazpacho soup recipe photo by James Baigrie / Getty Images
    With just tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, garlic, cayenne and fresh herbs, this is a basic summer gazpacho recipe when you want something light and easy. You could top it all off with a diced avocado to make it a bit more filling, and, since I'm a saltaholic, I'd probably sprinkle it with a bit of sea salt or kosher salt and a squeeze of lime. Isn't this red pepper gazpacho just a beautiful summer soup?
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    Along with the usual gazpacho ingredients - tomatoes, cucumbers and bell peppers - this gourmet gazpacho soup recipe kicks up the cool factor a notch by adding summer citrus. Grapefruit and orange sections make this a beautiful, cooling and nutritious summer soup perfect for anyone looking for a healthy and light meal on a warm summer day.

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    Avocado and cream soup

    If you like avocados (which I do!) you'll love this California-inspired chilled avocado soup recipe for summer. It's made from just six quick and easy ingredients including avocados, cream, vegetable broth, a touch of spicy cayenne and fresh snipped herbs.

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    Chilled melon and cucumber soup

    If you like cucumber soup, you'll love this honeydew, cantaloupe and cucumber soup recipe, which comes from Chicago's popular Soupbox restaurant. It's a nearly raw food recipe, so along with being light and refreshing, it's good for you too. Everything goes right into the blender, so it's super quick and easy to prepare - the perfect vegetarian summer soup (and vegan too, if you use a dollop of soy yogurt and agave nectar in place of the honey). Check out the recipe to see...MORE how you can also use this cold soup to make a healthy raw and vegan popsicle for the kids.