Most regions of Spain are hot and dry during the summer. People like to eat lighter foods and cold soups are a good way to cool off. Below is a list of some great cold Spanish soups, which are perfect for summer dinner parties, potlucks, picnics and BBQs. They are all simple and quick to make, too!
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Cold white garlic soup or "sopa de ajo blanco" is zesty, but very refreshing. In fact, garlic lovers would probably vote for this soup hands down over many others. It is easy, quick and healthy. Although very creamy, it contains no dairy! Almonds give this soup its creamy white texture and color.
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"Gazpacho" is cool, refreshing and flavorful start to a meal on a hot summer day. This soup is eaten often in Andalusia, in southern Spain where it is hot and dry all summer long. Serve in a soup bowl or in a glass.
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Salmorejo is a cold, creamy tomato soup, originating in Córdoba, Spain and is Gazpacho's "cousin." Made with tomatoes, bread, oil, garlic and vinegar, it is a beautiful deep pink-orange, summer soup that is sure to refresh you. Garnish with diced Spanish Serrano ham and hard-boiled eggs.
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Ripe tomatoes, fresh raspberries and orange juice combine to create a modern twist on the traditional tomato Gazpacho. Tangy and fresh are the two best words to describe this soup.
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Asparagus is popular and plentiful in Spain, so it is used in many dishes. This soup recipe is easy and quick, which makes it a great soup for a week night. Although creamy, it only has a 1/2 cup of milk, and no cream or butter for those of us watching our weight. It also keeps well in the refrigerator. Serve it hot or cold!
Cucumbers, garlic and yogurt are the three main ingredients in this cousin of the traditional red gazpacho soup of Andalucia. It is a refreshing soup that is light and great tasting.
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This cold soup is a good example of how delicious a cold soup can be - sweet and tangy at the same time. It is a nutritious and simple first course on a hot summer day or evening. It's perfect for a novice cook, since it requires no cooking at all - just peel and blend!