5 Healthy and Refreshing Cold Summer Soups

Vichyssoise Meal

These simple summer soups are as easy to make as they are delicious and healthy.

If you’ve never had a good, cold soup, the idea of slurping up chilled spoonfuls of broth might not sound too appealing, but cold soups can be a delicious addition to any light summer meal. During the steamy summer months when even the thought of eating anything hot can be just too much, a simple cold soup can even be a meal on its own with some crusty bread or a salad on the side.

It’s also still National Fruits and Vegetables Month, and cold soups are a delicious way to eat up the summer bounty of seasonal fruits and veggies.

You might wonder what potatoes have to do with cold summer soups. Potatoes actually make a creamy soup base that’s just as tasty chilled as it is hot. We’ve rounded up some crowd-pleassing summer soup recipes for you right here!

Watermelon Gazpacho Soup

1. Watermelon Gazpacho

This is a fruitier spin on the traditonal Spanish soup. It uses all fruits that are in season right now: tomatoes, watermelon, and cucumber. You can make this dish a day in advance, so if you’re planning a cookout or summer garden party it’s a great time-saver.

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Vichyssoise Soup

2. Classic Vichyssoise

Vichyssoise might sound pretty hoity toity, but this French soup couldn’t be simpler. It’s simply a pureed soup made with lots of good stuff: potatoes, leeks, and (of course!) heavy cream. It is French, after all!

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Green Pea Vichyssoise Soup

3. Green Pea Vischyssoise

Seasonal green peas are a delicious addition to the French classic. The peas add a touch of sweetness and turn your soup a gorgeous green. Drizzle on some olive oil, and you are in business!

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Chilled Carrot Soup

4. Chilled Carrot Soup

This bright orange soup is rich, creamy, and satisfying, and the toasted breadcrumbs give it just the right amount of crunch. Make it a meal with some Irish potato cakes with sour cream sauce on the side.

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Coconut Curry Soup

5. Curried Sweet Potato Soup

You can serve this hearty, spicy soup hot or cold. If you’re planning to chill it, we suggest following the tip at the bottom of the recipe to thin it out, since it will thicken as it chills.

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Cold soup not your cup of tea? We’ve got plenty of heart-warming hot soup recipes in our archives. Check ’em out!

 
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Summer Is Here! Try our Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Fresh Pineapple

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This ain’t your average potato salad!

It’s grilling season! There’s nothing we love more in the warm-weather months than a good cookout with some burgers, some dogs, and all of the fixins. But after a while those BBQ side dishes can get a little bit stale, can’t they? How many times can you serve up a plate of macaroni salad or a pile of corn on the cob before you start to crave a little variety? This summer, mix it up with some more unusual sides to go with that grilled fare.

Spice up that corn on the cob with some chili lime butter, for example, and instead of mayo-based potato or macaroni salad, try out our sweet potato salad recipe instead. It’s a little sweet, a little spicy, and all kinds of tasty! And, since it’s National Fruits and Vegetables Month, we’ve spiked this potato salad with lots of healthy kale.

If you’re new to kale, don’t worry! It’s easy to prepare. Kale is a dark, leafy green along the lines of collards or spinach, and it adds a nutritional punch to any dish. You’re already getting 30 percent of your daily vitamin C and plenty of vitamin A from the sweet potatoes, and kale adds a healthy dose of iron and other nutrients that may protect your health.

Sweet Potato Kale Salad

Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Fresh Pineapple

Ingredients

  • 2 large Sweet PotatOHs, microwaved and cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple chopped (you can substitute canned in juice pineapple, drained)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  1. 1) In a large bowl, combine the kale, vinegar, salt, and olive oil. Dig in with your hands and massage the kale until it begins to wilt and soften.
  2. 2) Add the remaining ingredients, tossing to mix well. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

 

Potatoes for Papa: Perfect Recipes to Celebrate Father’s Day

Festive Potato Tapas

Did Father’s Day sneak up on you? It’s coming up this Sunday, June 16th, and what better way to celebrate dad than with a delicious, hearty Father’s Day meal?

We love papas around here, and we don’t just mean dads. Papas is Spanish for potatoes, so bust out those tasty spuds and get ready to put together a mouth-watering Father’s Day feast! Cooking for dad can be a little bit tricky, but we’ve got you covered with a fancy spin on some down-home fare that’s perfect for papa.

Dad’s usually the one manning the grill, so for Father’s Day why not give him a break and show off your own grillin’ skills? If you’re new to the grill, don’t worry. Just one of the dishes below is grilled. The rest you can prep in advance, so you can spend time with dad, not in the kitchen.

Instead of a full-on, sit-down situation, we’ve picked out a menu that dad can eat with his hands, so he can munch on good food while doing what dads do best: playing with his kids. We’ve even picked out some beer pairings for you that will knock dad’s socks off!

Father’s Day Starters

Festive Papas Tapas: Think of this as potato bruschetta. Instead of slices of bread, pile your ingredients onto thin slices of potato for a gluten-free treat. And since potatoes don’t get soggy like bread slices do, you can make these a day in advance and just pull ’em out of the fridge for an instant appetizer.

Baked Jalapenos Poppers: Jalapeno poppers are normally deep fried, and dad will devour this oven-baked version without ever missing all of that extra grease! Prep and stuff these a day or two ahead of time, so all you have to do on Father’s Day is pop ’em in the oven.

Beer Pairing: Start things off light with a wheat beer, like Hefeweizen.

Father’s Day Main Course

Sliders: Instead of full-sized burgers, pile up a heap of miniature sliders that dad can munch with one hand. You can make the patties and prep the cheese, veggies, and buns on Saturday, so all you have to do is grill those burgers and assemble on Father’s Day.

Sweet Potato Oven Fries: Nothing goes with a burger like some fries. Just like the stuffed jalapenos, you make these fries in the oven. You can blanch and season your potatoes a day ahead, so all that’s left is baking. Pro tip: the jalapenos bake at 325F and the fries say to cook at 400F, but you can make the fries at a lower temperature, just cook them longer – check on them every few minutes until they look done. Your fries are ready when they’re a little bit browned on the edges.

Beer Pairing: Burgers and beer are the perfect match. Try a slightly bitter India pale ale (IPA) like Sierra Nevada.

Father’s Day Dessert

Potato Cake – Potato in cake might not sound too hot, but a little mashed potato makes this cake nice and moist with less fat!

Beer Pairing: Round things off with a smooth stout like Guinness, which is always a reliable choice with its creamy head and deep flavor.

To the new dads, the long-time dads, and the dads-to-be, all of us here at Farm Fresh Direct wish you a happy Father’s Day!