If -- like most residents of the U.S. -- you're in the midst of a record-breaking heat wave, then these chilled summer soups are just the menu items you need to stay out of the kitchen. Plus, they are all meat-free.
From fruit-based soups that require zero cooking to more complicated vegetable options that you can make ahead and freeze, turn to these cold dishes to stay cool all summer.
And don't miss the dessert half of this series: 10 Cold Dessert Recipes for Summer's Hottest Days
is a classic cold soup -- and it doesn't get much more classic than Julia Child
's recipe, made with just a few natural ingredients: potatoes, leeks, heavy cream, vegetable stock, and chives.
The soup is a bit more labor intensive than some of the others here -- you have to simmer the potatoes for as long as 50 minutes, then blend them, then strain through cheesecloth -- but the end result is worth it.
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