Friday, August 5, 2016

hot weather soups ~ gazpacho and summer corn chowder

I know most people think of soup as being a fall and winter dish, but the right kind of soup can be just as appealing, delicious and healthy in the summer, too.

In my last post, I had shown a photo of my bowl of gazpacho. Several people asked if I would post the recipe, so here it is, along with another wonderful summer soup. I hope you will give them a try! Both of them are vegetarian/vegan, too.

2 med cucumbers, peeled & seeded (easiest to do this with English cucumbers)
2 lbs ripe tomatoes, seeded & chopped
 (I only half-heartedly scrape some of the seeds out - too much needless work)
1/2 med red pepper, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 T fresh lemon juice
1 T olive oil
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Toppings: Fresh corn kernels cut from cob, avocado, red onion, fresh basil

Cut one cucumber into 1/4" dice; cut the other cucumber into chunks.
In blender, in two batches, puree tomatoes, red pepper, garlic, lemon juice, oil, salt, black pepper, cucumber chunks, and 1/2 cup water.
Pour tomato mixture into large bowl; stir in diced cucumber. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled and flavors "marry" - at least three hours, but preferably overnight.
To serve, top soup with corn, avocado, red onion and fresh basil

I'm sure you're familiar with corn chowder...that creamy, hearty concoction of corn, potatoes and carrots. Warms you up on a winter day when you're chilled to the bone. Well, this is a summer corn chowder - no cream or cheese. The key to the deliciousness is that you simmer corn cobs in the vegetable broth. It makes the broth unbelievably flavorful and even a little sweet. You can find the recipe here

Here's to good eating and to your health! 
Have a great weekend.


  1. I make a lot of gazpacho during the summer when the veggies are so fresh! My recipe is similar to yours Melanie. Nothing beats a chilled bowl of this lovely healthy soup - along with a glass of rosé - on a steamy hot night!

    BTW dear - I've photographed the fig tree and posted on yesterday's blog post - especially for you!!!
    If you lived nearby I'd be begging you to come pick figs!

    Happy weekend - stay cool sipping your pretty soup!
    Mary -

  2. These look fantastic, Melanie - can you believe I've never tried Gazpacho? I think now's the time!

  3. Allergic to tomatoes (eczema) so gazpacho is out for me..but glad you are enjoying it! I've never tried cold corn chowder, but I sure love it hot!

  4. These both look delicious, Melanie. Magazine worthy pictures, too!! Yum!! :)

  5. Your soups both look delicious, Melanie. Thank you for sharing! I have been wanting to try making gazpacho for a while, so I will definitely be coming back to your recipe soon.

  6. I love gazpacho! Actually I like even hot soups in the summer as well as winter. I guess chili is the only hot soup I don't make in the summer.

    Yours sound so good, Melanie!


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