5 Healthy and Refreshing Cold Summer Soups

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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.

 

Celebrate National Fruits and Vegetables Month with Potatoes

Vegetables and Potatoes

Did you know that June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month? Get in on the healthy eating action with some vegetarian potato recipes.

Yep! You read that right: potatoes are vegetables.

Potatoes and Your Health

Studies show that you can include potatoes as part of a healthy weight loss program. In fact, a medium-sized potato clocks in at just 110 calories. They’re also 100 percent fat free and naturally free of sodium. And with 2 grams of fiber, that potato has 8 percent of your daily value. Fiber makes you feel full longer, which may help with weight loss.

That same potato is also chock full of vitamins and nutrients that are good for your body. Just one medium, skin-on potato contains 45 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C and more potassium than any other vegetable or fruit – even bananas.

Vegetarian Potato Recipes

You might think that a vegetarian meal will leave you hungry, but a healthy dose of potatoes makes any dish filling and satisfying. Studies show that potatoes fill you up and keep you full better than other side dishes like pasta or bread.

Need some potato recipes to kick off National Fruits and Vegetables Month? Check out some of these vegetarian potato recipes to help you get your veggies on at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast

Start your day off right with some healthy potatoes. You can make ‘em the whole meal with a pie or a hash or serve ‘em up on the side with some eggs for a quick, healthy weekday breakfast.

Quick and Easy Home Fries – Home fries come together in a flash on busy mornings.

Fennel and Potato Hash – Top this hash with a fried egg, and you are in business.

Mediterranean Vegetable and Cheese Pie – The secret to this quick and easy breakfast pie? A potato crust!

Lunch

Potatoes cook up so fast and easy, they’re perfect for a vegetarian lunch.

Lightened Up Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Soup and a salad is the picture of a healthy lunch. Just skip the bacon in this soup recipe to make it a vegetarian meal.

Potato and Kale Cakes – This recipe says to cook the potatoes in boiling water, but you can cut the cooking time by 20 minutes if you make ‘em in the microwave instead.

Quick & Healthy Chili Lime Potato Tacos – Use two cans of black beans instead of chicken to make these healthy tacos vegetarian.

Dinner

Whether potatoes are the main event or a side dish, they’re a healthy, easy way to add some extra veggies to your supper.

Fingerling Jubileez Salad – This quick filling salad can be a meal on its own or a side dish.

Bombay Potato Curry – Curried potatoes don’t have to be a side with chicken or fish. You can dish up big, spicy bowlfuls of this dish all on its own.

Cheese and Trees Potato Soup – Broccoli cheese soup gets a lighter touch with potatoes to thicken it instead of cream.

We’ve got more healthy potato goodness coming up for National Fruits and Vegetable Month, so stay tuned!

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