Cold Soups for Hot Summer: 12 Recipes

A modern take on borscht? Gazpacho? Yogurt soup? Cool off and refresh yourself with a rich bowl of chilled summer soup.

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Love soup? We do, too. In the summer, cold soup can really make a meal, capturing the season's essence in a bowl. Check out some of our recipes from Haaretz's top food writers.

Cold borscht with egg yolk

This no-hassle borscht has a gorgeous color and a distinct taste. Recipe by Vered Guttman. Get the recipe here.

Cold borscht with egg yolk. (Vered Guttman)

Andalusian gazpacho; cold zucchini and almond soup

Easy to make, refreshing and oh-so-tasty, these soups will both please the palate and lift your spirits. Recipes by Limor Laniado Tiroche. Get the recipes here.

Cold zucchini and almond soup. (Limor Laniado Tiroche)

Cherry borscht

This cool cherry borscht lends the summer table an atmosphere of the court of a forgotten Polish duchess, or at least a proper vacation in Zakopane. Recipe by Hedai Offaim. Get the recipe here.

Cherry borscht. Don't spare the vishniak. (Dan Peretz)

Borani: Cold soup made from goat's yogurt

During the sizzling days of summer in Iran there can be no meal without borani - a cold soup made from goat's yogurt that is seasoned with garlic, olive oil and a few spices. The soup contains sliced raw vegetables and sometimes blanched vegetables. Recipes by Limor Laniado-Tiroche. Get the recipes here.

Six more cold soups from around the globe

Six easy and vegetarian-friendly recipes for hot summer including gazpacho, Ukrainian borscht, carrot and ginger soup, tarator soup, vichyssoise fennel soup, peach and chardonnay soup. Recipes by Hedai Offaim. Get the recipes here.

From bottom left: Carrot and ginger soup, Vichyssoise, Tarator soup, peach and chardonnay soup, Ukrainian borscht, gazpacho. (Photo by Dan Peretz)