If every summer day was sunny, the only foods you'd crave would be cool, crisp salads and anything off the grill — but rainy summer days happen. When they do, the mood changes. Suddenly, your usual seasonal favorites won't hit the spot. Instead, it feels a little more like soup weather — not the heavy, hearty soups you turn to in winter, but lighter, summer-appropriate soups that make you feel just the right kind of cozy for the season. Here are 10 of our favorites.
Coconut milk makes this Thai-inspired soup creamy without weighing it down, while crispy tofu croutons add texture and protein.
A fresh bowl of clam chowder is the perfect ode to summer. A squeeze of chili paste in the broth makes this one especially unique.
The classic French soup is essentially a chilled version of potato and leek soup — it's simple and satisfying.
Let sweet summer corn take the spotlight in this creamy, cream-less soup. A sprinkle of truffle salt is what makes it stand out from the rest.
A splash of fish sauce turns tomato gazpacho on its head and brings a salty, umami-rich punch to the bowl.
If you're knee-deep in zucchini, as many are this time of year, this quick soup is a great way to put a dent in your supply.
A big squeeze of lime juice adds just the right amount of acidity and freshness to this tomato soup.
Swap out the heavy cream for coconut milk and add flavors like lemongrass and Thai chilis for a fun twist on classic corn chowder.
This soup is barely a recipe: Pour cold, tangy buttermilk in a bowl; add garlic, tomatoes, and onions; and you've got the easiest summer soup you can find.
10. White Gazpacho
This version of gazpacho replaces the tomatoes with cucumbers and green grapes, and gets its richness from almonds and plenty of olive oil.