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June 26, 2010

Seven soups every Saturday: no-cook soup recipes

Seven Chinese soup bowls 

My low-ceilinged kitchen with an oversized stove gets hot, hot, hot in the summer, and now that summer has arrived, I'm always looking for soups that can be made without heat. The slow cooker makes it possible to cook without getting cooked myself, but my absolute favorite appliance for summer soup-making is my food processor. In seconds, it turns any solid into a liquid, making it possible to create fabulous no-cook soups from almost anything I have on hand.

Seven no-cook soup recipes caught my eye this week:

White gazpacho, from Hedonia

Chilled tomato soup, 1969, from Eat Me Daily

Cold avocado, orange and lime soup, from La Tartine Gourmande

Cold black bean soup, from Mango & Tomato

Chilled ginger cantaloupe soup, from Pinch My Salt

Cucumber avocado soup, from Cooking with Amy

Strawberry gazpacho, from Blue Kitchen

Find more delicious no-cook soup recipes with Food Blog Search. Come back every Saturday for seven soup recipes to enjoy any day of the week.


In the photo, seven Chinese blue-and-white soup bowls, all the same size, with different patterns. I love finding new patterns when I visit Asian markets in other cities.

If you'd like to share photos of seven soup bowls from your kitchen -- or from a friend's house, or your parents' attic, or an antique shop, or a housewares store, or a school or restaurant -- I'd love to share those photos on Saturdays.

Here are the ground rules: send one photo, of seven soup bowls. The bowls must all be able to be used for eating soup (no mixing bowls or troughs, please). Send the largest file your camera will allow; I'll size it to fit. Make sure the photo is in focus (very important). Tell me whose bowls are in the photo, or where you took the picture. If you're a blogger, I'll link to your blog.

That's it. One photo, seven soup bowls. Email to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.


Posted by: Pauline | June 26, 2010 at 12:26 AM

To keep it even cooler, the slow cooker can be out on the porch or patio. That was my keep cool method when I was in Texas.

Posted by: Kalynskitchen | June 26, 2010 at 08:32 AM

Perfect for the 90+ weather we're having. Mind you, I am NOT complaining.

Posted by: Cookin' Canuck | June 26, 2010 at 11:28 AM

These are perfect for summer! The Cucumber Avocado Soup sounds particularly refreshing.

Posted by: Karina | June 26, 2010 at 11:42 AM

These soups sound delightfully chilly and refreshing. Lovely round-up!

Posted by: CJ McD | June 26, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Perfect group of recipes for these hot, hot summer days!
Thank you Soup Chick.

Posted by: pam | June 26, 2010 at 09:39 PM

Everytime I read this post, I make a mental note to take a picture of seven bowls, and then I forget!

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  • I'm Lydia Walshin, a longtime food writer who lives and cooks in a real log house. If I could, I'd eat Chinese noodles, grapes, ice cream and soup every day.
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