2 top cold soups recipes, perfect for the summer!

If you’ve been following me for a little while you’ll know I love soups – I even share my favourite winter ones in this post. I find soups filling and nourishing, especially in the winter time. However, in the summer and especially in the current mini heat wave that we are having here in the UK, a hot soup could end up being torture unless you are looking a sweat to get rid of toxins or God knows what. Looking for fresh, lighter dishes but still nourishing and tasty I want to share with you today 2 excellent cold soups. You could enjoy them as a main course, a starter or even as a little nibble during an aperitif.

So without further ado:

  • The cucumber, yoghurt and fresh mint soup

Delicious cold cucumber soup & special K topping

I was first introduced to this soup by my mum a few summer ago. Mum is always looking at new recipes and is constantly reinventing her cooking style. This recipe was a great find in a French magazine.

Ingredients:

60g of Special K cereals

4 white yogurts or one pot of 500g

1 cuncumber

1 bunch of fresh mint

1 table soup of olive oil

salt and pepper

Cucumber cold soup ingredients

Preparation time: 10minutes only (I made one this morning and I can confirm this will not take you a minute more!!!)

Insructions:

Peal the cumcumber and slice into 2 in its lenght. Remove all the little seeds and slice then in cubes

Fresh mint & cucumber

Mix the cucumber cubes with a few fresh mint leaves (keep a few for the decoration at the end). Add the yogurts and the olive oil. Season well and mix it all for about 1 minute.

Natural yoghurtcold cucumber soup

Pour the soup into 4 small bowls and add the cereals on top (for extra texture and crunch!!). Add a few fresh mint leaves and serve straight away. Voila:-)

I sometimes like to serve this soup in small glasses called ‘verrines’ (as shown below) perfect for a smarter type of nibble during drinks. I love this model of verrines (which are pretty AND reasonable) as they are bit larger than the ones I used and make it easier to pour any kind of food inside.

cold cucumber soup and special k topping

 

  • The express Gaspacho (Gazpacho)

In my family, every Spanish has always had a special status. The gazpacho is THE cold soup par excellence that we all love in the summer. This recipe is the ‘express’ version (15min of preparation time) and you will love it.

gaspacho ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (or the equivalent in fresh tomatoes)
  • 0.5  a green pepper (I used an orange one!)
  • 0.5  cucumber
  • 1  shallot or one small onion cut into 2
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 table spoons of olive oil
  • 0.5 tea spoon of balsamic vinegar
  • a little bit of cayenne pepper
  • 0.5 tea spoon of sugar
  • pepper
  • salt
  • 15 cl of water

tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients roughly chopped into a food processor
  2. Start the food processor slowly and incresase the speed little by little. If you are in a hurry, put the mixurte into the freezer for 30mn. Sinon, le plus longtemps possible au réfrigérateur.
  3. Add ice cubs when about the serve

This recipe was found on the trusted Marmiton website which is a great portal for all French speaking amateur cooks out there. It has so many recipes, you should go and check it out, especially if you are after some French cooking recipes or just if you are looking for some inspiration.

http://www.marmiton.org

Let me know if you try out those recipes and if you enjoy them.