Ah, summertime. Baseball and swimming. Catching fireflies. The smell of freshly-mown grass. Beach trips, picnics, and cook-outs. Hamburgers and hotdogs. And soup! Soup? Oh yeah, soup!
Most people think of soup as something you enjoy on chilly winter nights. We sometimes forget about all the fantastic cold soups that are perfect for this time of year. Like this Gazpacho and Garlic Shrimp with Cheese Toasts for instance. Packed full of fresh veggies, this beautiful cold gazpacho is refreshing and delicious. And it’s perfect to make when cranking up the stove would just make your kitchen too hot to bear. Toss the veggies in the food processor, blitz a few times, and there you have it…gazpacho! I did embellish this one with some shrimp sauteed with a little garlic and lemon and served it with cheese toasts alongside. It’s delicious on its own, but the shrimp and toasts really put it over the top.
So if it’s just too hot to cook at your house, try a cold soup. I’ve linked several more recipes at the end of this post that you might like to try, too.
Cut 8 of the grape tomatoes into quarters. Combine with 1/4 cup of diced cucumber, 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper, and 1/4 cup diced onion. Mix and set aside to use for garnish.
Combine remaining tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell pepper with 2 tablespoons of the oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, 2 of the garlic cloves, and drained San Marzano tomatoes in a food processor.
Pulse until roughly chopped. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
When ready to serve, combine the remaining tablespoon of oil, lemon juice, remaining garlic clove (finely minced), with the shrimp in a medium bowl. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add the butter to a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, about 4 minutes or until shrimp is done.
To serve: Ladle soup into serving bowls. Top with a few tablespoons of the garnish and several shrimp. Serve cheese toasts on the side.
For the cheese toasts: Preheat the broiler to high. Slice a traditional or whole wheat baguette into 8 slices. Place slices on a baking sheet. Broil for 2 or 3 minutes or until toasted. Remove from oven and sprinkle each slice with about 2 teaspoons of Pecorino Romano (or Parmesan) cheese. Broil 1 more minute or until the cheese is melted.
More summer soup recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Vichyssoise from Simply Recipes
- Chilled Sugar Snap Pea Soup from Food Wishes
- Chilled Broccoli Soup from Sassy Radish
- Cold Avocado Soup from Joy the Baker
- Chilled Corn and Golden Beet Soup from No Recipes
- Summer Borscht from Ina Garten
What I was up to…
- One year ago: Home Canned Tomatoes
- Two years ago: Angel Oak
- Three years ago: Layered Mediterranean Salad
- Four years ago: Easy Cheesy Mac