Chilled Summer Soups

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Chilled summer soups are a great way to cool off from the heat while also enjoying a delicious meal.

Iced Borscht with Cucumber, Dill, and Chives
Iced Borscht with cucumber, dill and chives

I really love making soup. Probably more than any other dish. I like the,”throw-things-together“, aspect of  soup making. Just because it’s hot outside, doesn’t mean I stop making soup.
There are a whole slew of chilled soups to keep you cool during the hot summer months.

Leek and Potato Soup

There is the smooth and creamy Vichyssoise, and the spicy, salsa-like Gazpacho.

Chilled Gazpacho
Chilled Gazpacho

One of my dad’s favorite chilled summer soups was Iced Borscht, a chilled beet soup. I started making it for him in the early 80’s, from Martha Stewart’s first cookbook, Entertaining.

Thumbing through my copy of The New York Times Cook Book, by Craig Claiborne, I found a far easier and quicker  version of the classic recipe. The color is fairly intense…fucshia is a fairly accurate description. I had a houseful of guinea pigs today as I was cooking. These guinea pigs are not regularly subjected to taste testing. I offered up tastes of the iced borscht and they readily agreed. Admittedly, my generally non-picky 12 year old was not impressed, until her friends, Tyler and Annie decided they liked it…well, more than liked it, they both asked for second helpings. Even my husband, who said, “you know I’m not crazy about beets”, just before I gave him a taste, had two servings as well!

Chilled summer soups are a great way to cool off from the heat while also enjoying a delicious meal. Get the recipe for an iced borscht (beet soup) |

For a summer party, all three of these international soups would be great on a soup bar. Put out bowls of avocado, cheese and onions to top the Spanish Gazpacho, chives and bacon for the French Vichysoisse, and diced cucumber, potato and dill for the Russian Borscht. Click here for a One Minute Food Byte Video on how to garnish soups.

I hope you enjoy all of these chilled summer soups!

Iced Borscht

Iced Borscht

Quick Iced Borscht from The New York Times Cookbook, by Craig Claiborne
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Russian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 197 kcal


  • 1 cup beets cooked, and sliced. About 3 large.
  • 1/2 small onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 medium potato
  • 8 ounces chicken stock or vegetable
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • Additional sour cream half and half or broth to thin soup if necessary.
  • Garnish with fresh chopped dill chives and a swirl of cream.


  • Put the beet, onions, lemon juice and potato into a food processor or blender and coarsely chop.
  • With the motor running, add the chicken stock and sour cream.
  • Add the ice and blend until smooth. Add additional sour cream, half and half or broth to thin if necessary.
  • Season to taste with salt and fresh black pepper.
  • Serve in chilled bowls or goblets, garnish with cream or sour cream.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 711mgPotassium: 494mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 373IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 76mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Ok. Now I must have soup for lunch! 🙂

    I’ve actually never had beets in a soup before so this will be a nice cooking opportunity.

    1. Oh, Battr! I love soup….you might want to try Gazpacho too…Great use of garden tomatoes. I don’t just have chilled soups at lunch, we have them in the evening when it’s too hot to cook!

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