Simple Chilled Soups

These four soups are not only ridiculously easy, but also so delicious and refreshing that no one will believe that they took 10 minutes to make.

Cucumber and Beet Soup with Dill
Serves 2

  • 2 cups diced cucumber (1 seedless cucumber)
  • 14 1/2-ounce can sliced beets, drained
  • 1/4 cup dill
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup low-fat buttermilk

In a food processor or blender, combine cucumber, beets and dill until finely chopped. Add chicken broth, then buttermilk, and mix until smooth. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Serving Tip: Serve as the first course to a chicken, veal or fish meal or as a light summer supper with salad and bread.

Papaya Soup with Mint
Serves 2

  • 2 papayas, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup seeded, quartered and diced cucumber
  • 8-ounce container vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

In a food processor or blender, combine papaya, cucumber and mint and process until finely chopped. Add yogurt and milk to food processor and mix until smooth. Keep chilled until ready to serve. Serving Tip: Have as the first course for a chicken or fish entree.

Chilled Zucchini Basil Soup
Serves 2

  • 3 cups quartered and diced zucchini
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 14 1/2-ounce can chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup reduced-fat buttermilk

In a food processor or blender, combine basil and zucchini until finely chopped. Add chicken broth and buttermilk and mix until smooth. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
Serving Tip: This soup is nice as the first course for a chicken, veal, beef or fish entree. It is also a perfect light summer meal with a salad and bread.

Mediterranean Cold Soup
Serves 2

  • 1 cup seeded and diced green pepper (1 pepper)
  • 1 1/2 cups seeded, quartered and diced cucumber (1 cucumber)
  • 2 tablespoons sliced black olives
  • 2 tablespoons capers
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice

In a food processor or blender, combine peppers and cucumbers until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients and mix until smooth. Keep chilled until ready to serve as a first course for a chicken, fish or beef entree.

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