I know what you’re thinking. It’s way too hot outside to even consider standing over the stove and making soup. Are you crazy, Kate?! That’s up for debate, but trust me when I say that you can, and should, eat soup during summer.
For one, there are so many fresh vegetables and herbs in season right now. Like, tons: Corn, tomatoes, beets, cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, basil, mint and garlic, just to name a few. And let’s not forget that fruits can also add delightful flavor to healthy vegan soups. Have you ever had a melon based gazpacho? If not, you’re in for a real treat.
Secondly, there’s no rule saying soup has to be hot. Chilled soups are all over plant-based menus this time of year. In fact, soup can be downright refreshing during the steamiest of months. Think naturally refreshing ingredients, like cucumber, mint and watermelon, blended up and seasoned for a light, mid-day meal or as a side at your backyard BBQ. The options for enjoying healthy vegan soups during summer are so vast that it can actually be overwhelming. Luckily, we’re here to get you started with the exceptionally delicious recipes listed below.
Tomato Mint Gazpacho
Although gazpacho is traditionally a Spanish dish, exploring it at home doesn’t make it any less authentic. This recipe from Yummy Beet uses fresh, seasonal produce and herbs to create a meal that’s decidedly summery.
Click here to get the recipe from Yummy Beet.
Tortilla Soup with Black Beans
Admittedly, this recipe is best served warm. But don’t knock it before you try it! Tortilla soup is one of those recipes where you can pretty much use whatever you have on hand and it’s going to be good. We top ours with avocado and fresh tomatoes before serving.
Click here to get the recipe from Well Vegan.
Smoky Roasted Corn Chowder
When you think of corn chowder you likely picture a thick soup with chunks of vegetables and bacon. Not here! The Beautiful Balance gives this traditionally heavy dish a makeover with roasted sweet corn (it’s everywhere this time of year) and fresh veggies.
Click here to get the recipe from The Beautiful Balance.
Soupe Aux Deux Melons (Two Melons Soup)
Cantaloupe and honeydew play the leading roles in this super summery soup. Joined by fresh ginger and mint along with tamari, this recipe is complex in flavor but surprisingly simple to throw together. Just the way we like it.
Click here to get the recipe from Petit World Citizen.
If you have a bowl of peaches that are nearing their final days, throw them in your blender and make soup! Cucumber, garlic and fresh basil balance out the fruit for a truly delicious, sweet and savory summertime meal.
Click here to get the recipe from Savory Simple.
Do you like eating soup during summer, or is it just too darn hot?