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Chilled Summer Soups


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I love soup.

I really love soup.

Really, really, really.

There I said it. And am not at all embarrassed by the fact that hot soup on a hot day is appetizing to me. My grandfather (may he rest in peace) ate it to cool off on a hot day, smack in the middle of the day. Chicken soup, in 95 degree weather, on a Tuesday afternoon…yes! So he ate it, we ate it and we loved it.

But alas I know I am not with the masses on this one.

So summer soups are supposed to be cool and lighter yet filling at the same time (gosh talk about pressure).

I didn’t want to do the traditional tomato gazpacho or the played out fruit soups that everyone has a million and one recipes for. So I was inspired by an old issue of English Chef Jamie Oliver’s mag (great name, great chef, great personality). All the prices are in pounds, all the measurements in metrics and there are a ton of features on shellfish and some form of pig in every other recipe it seems… but the picture of his chilled pea and mint soup just spoke to me so I went for it.

Cucumber Gazpacho

And then I went on this green kick. So I bring to you Jamie Geller’s (nothing like talkin’ about yourself in the 3rd person, but I feel the need to clarify this ain’t Jamie Oliver’s recipe) savory, summer, quick, kosher and cool Cucumber Gazpacho and Chilled Pea and Mint Soup.

***GIVEAWAY!!***Do you want a chance to win 2 lbs of KOL foods Bratwurst? (For more information click here). All you need to do is to answer this question “What’s your fave summer soup? It’s ok if it’s fruit soup. I do wanna know!” in the comments below for a chance to qualify. Contest ends August 31 2011 at 9 am EST. Contest open to East Coast US Residents only, over 18 years of age. Winner will be picked by online randomizer from qualified entries.


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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




80 Responses to Chilled Summer Soups

  1. avatar says: Amy

    My new favorite soup (and it’s summer, so this counts) is Moloukhiya (sp??). It’s an Egyptian dish that my mother in law makes (that I have yet to learn) with moloukhiya leaves she buys from the Arab store, and she always makes turkey with it, so she must use some of the turkey fat for it. It’s awesome, but is an acquired taste – you may not like it the first time, but by the third, you’ll be in love! Yummmm

  2. gazpacho is my favorite, but I also love cold beet borscht!

  3. avatar says: cindy

    I love Cucumber Yogurt Soup with or without fresh dill. Living in Miami, I need a soup that is both cooling and filling and this one works like a charm.

  4. avatar says: Nina

    Hands down…watermelon gazpacho…not a tomato in the dish. Pureed watermelon with chopped cucumber, celery, watermelon, and peppers, plus a bit of lime juice, red wine vinegar, and fresh mint…yum! A big hit at the Shabbat lunch table.

  5. My favorite cold soup is Gazpacho.

  6. Strawberry Rhubarb for sweet & tangy.
    Cucumber Yogurt for savory.

  7. avatar says: FAL

    My favorite soup summer, winter, fall and or spring is a thick carrot soup that has a little bit of curry in it. Love it any time of day or year. Thank you for your consideration.

  8. avatar says: Cheryl F.

    My favorite is Garden Veggie Cheese Soup :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  9. avatar says: Sarah W

    My favorite summer soup is my homemade fruit soup that I make with fresh summer fruits

  10. avatar says: Darcy B

    My favorite summer soup is gazpacho– really it’s my all year favorite!

  11. I like salmorejo (http://koshercamembert.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/postcard/) – it’s a thick and creamy tomato-only gazpacho the recipe for which I picked up in Spain.

  12. avatar says: Aviva

    It may be summer, but chicken soup is still my favorite soup- all year round!

  13. avatar says: Mary W

    I like a good Vietnamese Pho.

  14. avatar says: suzanne g

    Tomato Bisque. It’s what I eat year round, summer is no different.

  15. avatar says: Leah

    I love a spicy gazpacho in the summer! YUMMY : )

  16. avatar says: Lisa

    I love a spicy udon noodle soup in the summer. It’s quick to fix and spicy food is always good.

  17. I agree with Leah – Spicy Gazpacho for sure

  18. avatar says: carol

    i make a winter minestreone without the pasta and in the summer its delicious cold, very refreshing with lots of veggies and just the right spices.

  19. avatar says: Susan

    My favorite summer soup is spicy gazpacho! Though I’d love to have the recipe from Nina for her watermelon gazpacho – it’s my favorite summer melon. Thanks!

  20. avatar says: Becca

    My favorite summer soup is a cold strawberry, watermelon, basil and balsamic soup with a yogurt drizzle. Cool, refreshing, and makes use of the top summer fruits :)

  21. avatar says: Gwen L

    I make and love Beansy-Greensy all year round. It’s based on whatever dried beans are in my pantry, plus whatever fresh greens are in my garden (or fridge). Salt and pepper, an improvised bouquet of herbs, and something for tang (this can be vinegar, lemon, or yogurt if you’re doing dairy). It’s different every time, and always delightful!

  22. avatar says: Jacob

    I actually love hot chicken soup in the summer. I never knew it was weird and asked my grandmother to make it in even when it was 90 degrees, and she never had air conditioning.

  23. avatar says: Kara Dee

    I love soup, though I’ll be honest and confess I’ve never had or made a cold soup, though it does sound delicious!

    My family’s favorite soup by far is my Chicken Tortilla Soup, which I’ve made so many times, I don’t measure anymore. But, even it being a spicy soup and well in the 90′s and sometimes in the 100′s ( like this summer) we still enjoy it. :)

  24. My favorite summer soup is Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

  25. I love all soups. My favorite is the classic chicken noodle.

  26. avatar says: Susan P.

    I make a really good cream of mushroom soup that my kids gobble up. Of course, there’s real cream in it.

  27. avatar says: Chaviva

    My favorite soup is butternut squash. Winter, spring, summer of fall butternut squash soup is great.

  28. My favorite is old fashioned, ice cold schav with a spoon of sour cream…yum!

  29. In honor of our Russian daughter-in -law, we grow sorrel for delicious, refreshing, homemade schav.
    BTW, she insists that borsch does not end with a “t”

  30. My favorite summer soup is corn chowder with smoked paprika, summery and delicious!

  31. avatar says: Schmidty

    My fave summer soup is cream of broccoli with potato soup coming in a close second.

  32. avatar says: Kathy O

    I love gazspacho for a cold summer soup!

  33. avatar says: Karla W

    Gazpacho or homemade beet borsht

  34. avatar says: Louise

    My favorite is Fruit Soup made with sour cherries and red jello for the sweetness. This was my grandmother’s recipe.

  35. Chicken noodle soup.

  36. avatar says: dkny

    I make a delicious creamy strawberry made with dry white wine. For fancy occasions I serve it in champagne flutes with a few bejeweled skewers of tiny cubes of kiwi and blueberries and a slice of star fruit for drama. I lay the skewers (they are only a few inches long) across the top of the flute and then sprinkle some pomegranate arils and blueberries on the plate. My family loves my cold cherry soup make with a combo of sweet and sour cherries and a hint of cinnamon.

  37. avatar says: Deborah A

    cold zucchini soup

  38. avatar says: Tel Meigh

    I adore split pea, anytime and any season.

  39. avatar says: Rivkah T

    I need a favorite summer soup. Right now, it’s just a plain fruit soup, compote really.

  40. avatar says: Chaviva

    I’m a self proclaimed connoisseur when it comes to soups. There is nothing like a chilled soup to combat the brutal summer heat. The soup that stood out for me the most was the cold avocado soup. Minus the radish (which I intentionally left out since I’m not a big fan of radishes), its very creamy, light, and refreshing on the palate and I would highly recommend this recipe to everyone. Please refer to the link below.

    I used the leftovers as a condiment over poached salmon on a bed of fettuccine and it worked! Sometimes being daring and creative does pay off :-)

  41. avatar says: Marissa

    I enjoy a good broccoli cheddar soup in the summer.

  42. avatar says: Elizabeth

    I love all cold, warm and hot soups but in these dog days of summer I crave a modified gazpacho with roasted corn, black beans and only the freshest of garlic and jalapenos- YUM!

  43. avatar says: Gilly

    I make a lovely cold spicy tomato soup with avocado.

  44. avatar says: Sadie

    My favorite summer soups is a traditional gazpacho.

  45. I love a nice strawberry soup with a huge salad during the summer.

  46. avatar says: Dara Nix

    My favorite summer soup is a traditional gazpacho – but your recipe for cucumber gazpacho sounds WONDERFUL!

    Dara Nix
    kitty32504 at cox dot net

  47. Lightly spicey tomato, corn gazpacho, but a miso w/ summer squash chunks and ginger luke warm is refreshing and replenishes much needed electrolytes too- enjoy! i am a healthy kosher foodie too!

  48. strawberry, watermelon cantelope- for dessert with mint swirls-yumm!

  49. avatar says: Arlene

    My favorite summer soup is cucumber with yogurt, garlic and dill. It’s light and refreshing and easy to make, which is important in the summer when I try to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible.

  50. avatar says: Arlene

    Cucumber and yogurt with garlic juice and dill.

  51. I just moved back north and i am so happy that I can now have soup 9 months of the year. I will not eat soup if it is above 75 degrees and humid. That being said, I have really enjoyed strawberry soup while living down south. I pour it over a white, yellow or sponge cake and top it with whipped cream. It make a nice strawberry shortcake. I even do this as a triffle. It is really pretty and delicious.

  52. avatar says: Wendy

    My favorite summer soup is… turkey soup. It’s a favorite year round. :)

  53. My favorite soup, Summer or Winter, is called Chicken Dalmation Chili. I use both black and white beans (hence the “dalmation”), lots of veggies and a great organic chicken broth.

  54. avatar says: george

    I love chilled watermelon soup

  55. avatar says: sarah

    Gazpacho! I love making my own with tomatoes straight from the garden.

  56. I’ve never made homemade chilled soups, but I am a big fan of Gazpacho (sp?).

  57. My favorite summer soup is cream of chicken>> and fall winter, spring, it’s favorite too. But I have to say Michelle’s soup sounds inviting…

  58. avatar says: Roger

    Pretty Peach Soup is my all time fave soup for the summer!!!! Nice and cool!

  59. I don’t think my favorite cold summer soup has a name – or a set recipe. My husband makes it with homemade veggie broth and whatever veggies are fresh from the garden. The one staple is plenty of garlic. Yum!

  60. My favorite soup anytime of year is matzoh ball with lots of vegetables. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Renee Walters

  61. avatar says: DeeAnn S

    In the summer I like luke warm, not hot, Italian Wedding Soup. With a hard roll for dunking, it’s refreshing and delicious. Thanks.

  62. My favorite soup is a tomato soup made with fresh summer tomatoes, onions and wine.

  63. I always love wonton soup.

  64. avatar says: Erin

    Definitely a white gazpacho, preferably with smoked almonds to add a little intrigue to the green grapes, bell peppers, tomatoes and other vegetables. Mmm…

  65. avatar says: Timmy

    Madrid Summer Chili!

  66. My favorite summer soup : Homemade Summer squash blossom soup with Vegetable broth as the base, flavored with a bit of fresh thyme for zing.

  67. avatar says: Brett

    Favorie summer soup is a nice gazpacho. Best with fresh veggies and good for the end of a hot day.

  68. Carrot Bisque :) yum yum yum

  69. Sweet & sour cabbage soup is a year-round favorite!

  70. avatar says: Susan A

    yum gazpacho!The cucumber soup looks great, I;m making it tonight

  71. avatar says: Betty C

    Actually I agree with the theory of hot soup to cool off on a summer day but my actual favorite is gazpacho because of all the wonderful fresh produce available in summertime.

  72. My favorite soup is a tie between egg drop or wonton soup. sooo delicious!

  73. Summer Tomato and Bell Pepper is my fave summer soup.

  74. Everything looks amazing!

  75. avatar says: Tracy P

    I love Gazpacho made with tomaotes from my parents garden.

  76. i love minestrone in the summer time!

  77. avatar says: Jessica

    My favorite is a Creamy Summer Squash soup.