Here are 10 of the best cold soup recipes for summer that are not only easy to make but they’re also refreshing and healthy. These are my favorite no-cook soup recipes, and they are perfect for enjoying in warm weather. These cold soups are gluten free; many are vegan too.

A photo collage of cold soups in bowls.

Summer is here, and it is HOT outside! Don’t despair because these chilled soups will cool you down on a hot summer day. If you are a soup fanatic like us, you will want to check out all of my gluten free soup recipes!

What Is Cold Soup?

Cold soups are made with fresh fruits and vegetables. You don’t cook these soups, making chilled soup perfect for hot summer days.

Ready to try out a cold soup recipe? I have to be honest…until I made this chilled watermelon soup recipe a couple of weeks ago, I had never tried a cold fruit soup.

Well, that has changed. My kids inhaled this chilled watermelon soup, and I am ready to experiment with more chilled soup recipes. Are you ready to join me? All of these cold soups are gluten-free, and many are vegan.

You will find chilled fruit soups, gazpacho loaded with vegetables, and other fun chilled vegetable soup recipes to try. These are healthy cold soups, but nobody will know!

These summer soup recipes are perfect for those hot months when you need something cool and refreshing.

Cucumbers sliced on a wooden cutting board.
Cucumbers sliced on a cutting board.

Why Cold Soup Is Great:

  1. There are plenty of cold soup recipes out there. This is a collection of the best cold soup recipes on the web.
  2. Most cold soup has a creamy texture and is healthy because it is made with fruit and/or fresh vegetables.
  3. Vegetable cold soup can make a great light meal if you toss some garbanzo beans or leftover rotisserie chicken for protein.
  4. Maybe the best part, kids love chilled fruit soup! Their taste buds are even like sweeter chilled soup, like corn soup!
  5. These are easy recipes to make, and they taste even better on the second day!

I hope you love this roundup of easy cold soup recipes as much as we do. There are sweet and savory soups included, so experiment, have fun, and drop me a comment to let me know which you have tried and which you like best :-).

These summer soup recipes are perfect for those hot months when you need something cool and refreshing.

What Vegetables Are Common In Cold Soups?

  • Green Onions
  • Cucumbers or English Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes and Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Red Bell Peppers
  • Onions, including White and Red Onions
  • Fresh Peas
  • Fresh Corn

What Fruits Are Common In Cold Soups?

  • Grapes
  • Watermelon
  • Mango
  • Strawberries
  • Lemon and Lime Juice
  • Not a fruit, but you often see fresh mint and basil in fruit soup!

What Soups Are Traditionally Served Cold?

When you think of cold soup, you typically think of Borscht and gazpacho are the most traditional cold soups. These days, you can find many unique cold soup recipes, including soups made with fruit, like the pineapple soup below. The sky is the limit when you are making summer soups. Look for variations on traditional gazpacho, cold cucumber soup, peach soup, and even cold avocado soup.

You can top cold soup in several ways. I like to add a dollop of sour cream to vegetable soup, and I like to top the cold soup with tiny pieces of fruit and veggies used to give the soup some texture.

Bowls of Okrosha Soup.
Photo Credit: www.gastrosenses.com

Are Chilled Soups Cooked First?

Chilled soups are not cooked first in most cases. The beauty of chilled soups is they do not need cooking.

How Long Does Cold Soup Keep Fresh?

The cold soup should keep fresh for up to 4 days if sealed in an air-tight container and stored in your refrigerator.

Can You Freeze Cold Soup?

Because cold soups are made with fresh raw vegetables, they will freeze well, but they may not taste as good when thawed.

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Equipment Needed:

  1. Cold soups are so easy if you have the right equipment! The key to chilled soup is to use a high-powered blender or Vitamix because these make your fruit or vegetables pureed.
  2. Sharp knives are essential for slicing and dicing vegetables or fruits.

Serve With Soup:

The Best Cold Soup Recipes:

Okroshka
This cold Russian soup is full of summer fresh veggies.
Check out this recipe
Two bowls of okroshka soup.
Chilled Watermelon Soup with Coconut Cream
Sandi Gaertner
You are going to love how easy this chilled watermelon soup is to make. It is one of the best cold summer soups ever!
Check out this recipe
two bowels of chilled watermelon soup
Chilled Pineapple Soup with Cotija Cheese and Basil
Sandi Gaertner
This chilled pineapple gazpacho soup recipe is a refreshing summer soup.
Check out this recipe
Two small bowls of chilled pineapple soup.
Chilled Red Pepper Beet Soup
Sweet pepper flavor is infused through this whole chilled summer soup.
Check out this recipe
Three bowls of red pepper beet soup.
Cucumber Gazpacho with Mango Habanero Salsa
Sandi Gaertner
Easy cucumber cilantro gazpacho 
Check out this recipe
Yellow Tomato and Corn Gazpacho
If you love fresh corn, this homemade corn gazpacho is a wonderful soup to try.
Check out this recipe
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho on a table with a napkin.
Chilled Melon Soup
Melons are ripe, sweet and juicy all summer long! They make a great chilled soup!
Check out this recipe
Three bowls of chilled melon soup.
Chilled Borscht Soup
This cold borscht is made with juicy summer beets.
Check out this recipe
A bowl of cold borscht.
Chilled Farmer’s Market Soup
This chilled soup is a definite summer treat!
Check out this recipe
Chilled farmer's market soup on a table.
Mexican Gazpacho
This hearty soup is filled with veggies and a ton of flavor thanks to lime zest and a kick of Tabasco.
Check out this recipe
The top view of a bowl of gazpacho.

This post was updated from an old July 2015 post with the best cold soup recipes I could find.

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13 Comments

  1. I had my 1st taste of chill fruit soup on a Greece Island cruise abd it was DELICIOUS. Purchased sum ftuot over the weekend and hax a sunday brunch and served strawberry and peach chilled fruit soup abd it was a GREAT HIT. Will make it all summer.

    1. Hi Sharrill, thank you so much for sharing your memories with us 🙂 I love that your first taste of fruit soup was in Greece. I hope you enjoy these recipes. Take care,
      Sandi

  2. Hi Michael, I wanted to let you know this post is fixed and I added the chilled soup recipes in. Thank you so much for your patience.

  3. Hi Michael. Thank you so much for writing. You are so right. This is a really old post that I did for Mode Media and they went bankrupt. I am going to go back to my notes and try to find the recipes and redo this post. Please check back in a couple of days and you will see what was here. I am so sorry. I didn’t realize this company wasn’t in existence anymore.

  4. I never thought I would like fruit soups until I got in a daring mood and tried one – oh, my so good! Thank you for this collection – I can’t wait to try these!

  5. I haven’t tried chilled or cold soup before but this one definitely looks like a great place to start! And if the littles like it I’m sure I will too! 🙂

  6. I love chilled soup and the idea of a light dessert soup is intriguing. As for chilled watermelon soup, I’m a huge fan of spicy watermelon gazpacho.