Americans love many things; beer, sports, sitcoms, romcoms, and all other kinds of coms. But there is one thing they love more than everything else: food! One specific type of food has actually helped Americans cool off during the brutal summer, but it’s not ice cream, frozen yogurt, or any other traditional refreshing treat… it’s soup.
Americans eat more than 10 billion bowls of soup each year. Though the majority of soups served across the United States are scorching hot, a new fad of chilled soup is sweeping the nation.
According to The Grand Island Independent, there is nothing more welcoming than a bowl of cool soup during a brutally hot summer day.
“Soup is a four-season food that isn’t meant just for the cold days when you want to be cozy but also for the summer when you want something refreshing and easy and don’t want to turn on the stove,” said Julie Peacock, co-author of “The Soup Club Cookbook. “It’s a good genre of food — it’s an easy meal and way of combining lots of flavors in a bowl.”
Cold soups can actually excite someone’s appetite. Though they don’t exactly satiate someone’s hunger, they are excellent starter foods, appetizers, or light snacks.
“[Chilled soups] are also a nice finisher and palate cleanser and can act as a digestif at the end of a meal,” Peacock added.
Perhaps what makes soup, and specifically cold soups, so appealing, is that there are literally thousands of flavors, ingredients, and styles that can be constructed. Even a notice soup maker can whip up a delicious and refreshing chilled soup to be served throughout the summer.
According to Lancaster Online, the most popular soup option for customers of Isaac’s Restaurants is their chilled strawberry soup, but there are all kinds of specific chilled soup options that are just as delicious as they are refreshing.
Keep in mind, however, you have to be aware of food allergies when making, serving, or eating any of these soups. While more than 160 foods can cause allergic reactions in people with food allergies, the federal law identifies the eight most common allergenic foods (many of which are often used in both warm and cool soups):
- Cow’s milk
- Tree Nuts
Those eight foods account for 90% of all food allergenic reactions, and are the food sources from which many other ingredients are derived — so be extremely careful.
Here are some of the best chilled soups to consider making this summer to stay cool and satisfied:
- Cucumber and Avocado Soup — Avocado-flavored anything has become one of the most popular trends across the food industry and soups are no expiation. This chilled dish only takes about 20 minutes to prepare and can taste great.
- Beet Gazpacho Soup — A chilled soup that would make Dwight Schrute proud. Beet gazpacho can be served with mustard, cherries, and almonds and make for an amazing chilled soup. It only takes 10 minutes to make, but be careful while you’re preparing this dish! Nobody wants bright red beet soup on their clothes.
- Chilled Watermelon Soup — Perhaps the most refreshing summer soup that you could make, chilled watermelon soup is a delicious option for both kids and adults to enjoy by the pool. Start with seven cups of diced watermelon, cut them into one-inch cubes, toss in any other refreshing ingredients you want, and enjoy!