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Soup? In the Summer? You Bet!

Chill out with these refreshing recipes — from tropical gazpacho to artichoke soup

Borscht or Beet Soup, Cookstr recipes for cold soups for hot days (Jupiterimages/Getty Images)

Red Beet Borscht is a delicious cold soup, perfect for hot summer days. — Jupiterimages/Getty Images

Pureed or textured; spicy or sweet; vegetable, fruit or dairy-based: These flavorful chilled soup recipes will add some cool to your summer menu.

1.  Strawberry and Fennel Gazpacho

by Anya Von Bremzen

Whip up this innovative gazpacho while both tomatoes and strawberries are in season. The recipe also includes green bell pepper and day-old cubes of country bread.

Per serving: 136 calories, 1g saturated fat, 3g protein, 17g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 331mg sodium.

2. Chilled Corn and Red Pepper Soup

by Johanna Burkhard

Creamy corn chowder can be packed with calories, but this recipe is low-fat and relatively high in protein. Nonfat plain yogurt provides its smooth texture, and fresh corn kernels its sweetness.

Per serving: 149 calories, 1g saturated fat, 9g protein, 24g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 523mg sodium

3. Black Bean Soup

by Christopher Idone

Even hearty bean soups can be served chilled in the summertime. You could top this one with some cooked shrimp and hot sauce.

Per serving: 237 calories, 1g saturated fat, 11g protein,
33g carbohydrates, 8g fiber, 6mg sodium

4. Tropical Gazpacho

by Christopher Schlesinger and John Willoughby

People in tropical regions often treat underripe fruits as vegetables in their cooking. This recipe applies that principle to mangoes or papayas for a refreshing version of gazpacho.

Per serving: 143 calories, 0g saturated fat, 3g protein, 36g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 447mg sodium

Next page: 4 more tasty recipes, including Red Beet Borscht and Chilled Mango Soup. »

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