Delicously cool, low-fat soups help beat the summer heat
When things heat up outside, cool off with a low-fat soup full summer's freshest ingredients.
Click ahead for 9 cool creations, each with fewer than 200 calories per serving.
In sizzling tropical summers, spicy foods have a paradoxically cooling effect. This aromatic soup is traditionally served
hot, but we've chilled our version.
Make it a meal: Pair it with cold rotisserie chicken drizzled with oil and seasoned with salt and ground coriander, and add a few pieces of toasted naan for dipping.
Recipe: Spicy Indian Tomato Shorba
This yogurt-based soup — similar to cacik — is seasoned with Aleppo pepper, a chile grown in Syria and Turkey that has a smoky note.
Make it a meal: Add falafel or baked pita chips.
Recipe: Turkish Cucumber and Mint Soup
This tart twist on Mexico's classic shrimp cocktail uses tomatillos in place of tomatoes.
Make it a meal: Serve skewers of chilled cooked shrimp along with a few thick tortillas.
Recipe: Mexican Tomatillo Avocado Soup
This creamy soup is all about really good corn. Just purée cooked corn, chill, and add a drizzle of basil oil.
Recipe: Chilled Corn Soup
Soup for dessert? Why not.
Jane Shapton's cold puréed soup of cantaloupe and peaches, topped with raspberries, captures the flavors of the season. She serves it for brunch or as a after dinner treat in hollowed-out melon halves.
Recipe: Summer-Fruit Soup
This cold soup requires zero time in the kitchen. Really.
The only cooking involved in this chilled corn soup takes place on the grill, which makes it perfect for summer.
Recipe: Grilled Corn and Pepper Bisque
This tomato soup is almost as fun to look at as it is to eat. Avocados and a fresh cucumber garnish add the bright green touches.
Recipe: Tiered Tomato Soup
Gazpacho takes on a new color with yellow bell peppers. Grapes, tomatoes, cucumber, and almonds add interesting crunch.
Recipe: Golden Gazpacho