What cold soup to cool off in summer? 3 recipes from different European countries

The first heat wave for 2022 is already over. However, with the astronomical summer starting tomorrow, the fiery days will always be more numerous. What do you eat during a heat wave? You certainly do not want to consume heavy, fatty and calorie meals? In summer, the emphasis is on salad and cold soup as delicious, light, vitaminized and quick dishes! Do you want to introduce some variety to the family menu and change from the otherwise irresistible classic vichyssoise? We offer you 3 cold soups from different European countries that thousands of users of a popular site dedicated to preserving authentic local recipes have ranked among the best. Which would you prefer?

3 ideas for refreshing cold soup that we eat in Europe

Spanish gazpacho, whether classic or a cucumber gazpacho, is among the most popular and beloved cold soups around the world. But did you know that there is another cold tomato soup that Spaniards and visitors to the country love? Four servings of Andalusian delight call for:

Salmorejo – Spanish cold soup with jamón

cold soup spanish tomato salmorejo ham jamon boiled eggs recipe

8 medium tomatoes, ripe and juicy
a few slices of stale bread / 1 baguette (2 to 3 cups of crumb)
about 1 cup quality extra virgin olive oil
1 clove of garlic
2-3 tablespoons sherry vinegar (red wine vinegar as a substitute)
pinch of salt
2 boiled eggs
diced jamón Iberico / jamón Serrano or any other raw ham, such as prosciutto crudo

spanish cold soup salmorejo tomatoes ham boiled eggs recipe

To peel the tomatoes: Put a large pot of salted water on the stove and bring to a boil. Cut a small cross at the bottom of each tomato and scald for 30-60 seconds. Remove immediately and place in a bowl filled with ice water to easily remove the skin. Clean the tomatoes, put in the blender and blend on high speed for about 30 seconds to purée.

spanish cold soup salmorejo tomatoes ham boiled eggs summer recipe

Add 2 cups of the stale bread crumbs and let soak for about 5 minutes. Check consistency and add more bread if needed. Add the vinegar, salt and garlic and mix until smooth before slowly adding the oil on medium speed. Add a hard-boiled egg and mix until incorporated, taste and season with salt, if necessary. Serve the soup cold in small bowls with diced hard-boiled eggs and slices of jamon as garnish.

Šaltibarščiai beetroot soup (Lithuania)

cold soup beets cucumber borscht lithuania served potatoes

The second recipe for refreshing and tasty cold soup is based on kefir, cucumbers and beets. It is therefore beneficial for our intestinal health, thanks to this magnificent fermented ingredient. It is a kind of borscht from Lithuania and the ingredients needed to prepare 2 servings of it are:

cold soup beets cucumber kefir borscht lithuania served summer

500g kefir
100 g boiled or pickled beets
100g fresh cucumbers
the green of 10 spring onions
pinch of fresh dill
1 hard-boiled egg
salt, to taste
To serve: 400g boiled/fried potatoes, fresh dill, to taste

borscht kefir cold soup beets cucumber lithuania served boiled eggs

Grate the beets and finely chop the cucumbers and green onions. Mix everything in a salad bowl, add the kefir, salt to taste and leave to rest and cool for several minutes in the fridge. Divide into bowls and serve with ½ hard-boiled egg and boiled or sautéed potatoes with dill. The contrast of colors on the plate is simply fabulous!

The variations in the presentation of the toppings are multiple

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Cold cucumber soup and Bulgarian yogurt (Tarator)

cold soup cucumber natural bulgarian yogurt fresh tarator easy recipe

The final cold soup for today is some of the freshest and lightest you’ve ever tasted. It’s called tarator, it comes from Bulgaria and the natural yoghurt that goes into its composition is not only delicious, but it also takes care of our intestinal flora. To make 4 servings, please prepare:

2 cucumbers
400g Bulgarian yoghurt
crushed walnuts (to taste)
1 clove of garlic
1/2 liter of cold water, even ice cold
sunflower oil
fresh dill, chopped

cold soup cucumber bulgarian yogurt nature tarator fresh ingredients

Peel the cucumbers, cut them into small cubes and put them in a bowl. Crush the garlic with a pinch of salt in a mortar and add it to the cucumbers. Leave aside some crushed walnuts and finely chopped dill for garnish, put the rest in the container and stir well. Shake the pot of yogurt, add it to the cucumbers and mix everything. Dilute with half a liter of cold water (more or less water may be necessary depending on the desired consistency). Season with a few drizzles of sunflower oil and stir well. Serve the soup cold, in individual bowls, garnished with walnuts, dill and a drizzle of oil.

A refreshing and probiotic cold soup not to be missed!

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Sources used: www.tasteatlas.com

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