Jun 25, 2015 9:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


When it’s warm outside, soup might be the last dish on your mind—unless it’s a refreshing chilled soup. These cool concoctions have been gaining in popularity, and it’s no wonder why. You can feature cool soup as an appetizer, the main course or even a dessert. So move over, gazpacho, there are some new cold soups in town.

Cucumber Soup

This cool cucumber soup makes a refreshing start to your meal. 

Ingredients

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
4 cups cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
1½ cups buttermilk
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus a few sprigs for garnish
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 ice cubes
½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper

Preparation

  1. Place garlic, 3½ cups cucumbers, buttermilk, mint leaves, vinegar and ice cubes in a blender. Purée until smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Ladle into bowls and garnish with the reserved cucumbers and mint sprigs.

Nutrition

Per 1-cup serving (makes four servings): 57 calories; 1 g fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 8 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber; 392 mg sodium; 349 mg potassium.

Source: eatingwell.com

Sweet Potato Soup

This hearty and healthful soup makes a perfect main course.

Ingredients

6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
2 cups vegetable stock
1 cup water
1 lime, juiced
2 cups low-fat milk 

Preparation

  1. Place potatoes and ginger in a large saucepan. Add stock and water, and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover, and simmer until the potatoes soften, about 30 minutes.
  3. Using a hand blender, purée potatoes until smooth. Mix in lime juice and milk.
  4. Chill before serving. 

Nutrition

Per serving (makes eight servings): 187 calories; 2.2 g fat; 6 mg cholesterol; 37.8 g carbohydrates; 4.8 g protein; 5.2 g fiber; 291 mg sodium.

Source: allrecipes.com

Cold Plum Soup

Instead of ice cream, try this sweet and healthful dessert soup. 

Ingredients

½ cup frozen apple juice concentrate
1 pound plums (about five), pitted and coarsely chopped
1 cinnamon stick
3 ice cubes
1½ cups nonfat plain yogurt 

Preparation

  1. Bring apple juice concentrate to a boil in a large saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to low, add plums and cinnamon stick
  3. Cover and simmer until the plums are tender, about 10 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a blender. Add three ice cubes and purée until smooth.
  5. Pour into a bowl and whisk in yogurt. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 45 minutes.

Nutrition

Per serving (makes four servings): 151 calories; 0 g fat; 2 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 2 g fiber; 52 mg sodium; 337 mg potassium.

Source: eatingwell.com

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