Summer isn't typically considered to be soup season, as a piping-hot meal is the last thing you want on a scorching night. But that doesn't mean you should write off this light and breezy category of food, there are plenty of chilled soup options out there, perfect for balmy nights as they provide much-needed internal air conditioning. Additionally, all of these cool creations can be made ahead (excluding garnish) and enjoyed throughout the week; as an added bonus, in many cases the flavors bloom and mellow when sent to the fridge to chill out overnight.
Southeast Asian Gazpacho
Add a dose of Southeast Asian flair  to this classic Spanish soup by introducing Thai basil, cilantro, ginger, and rice wine vinegar to the mix.
No-Cook Avocado and Corn Soup
Creamy crab-topped avocado soup  can easily be adapted for vegans by omitting the briny crab garnish, making it a versatile dinner party appetizer.
Tomatoes, watermelon, cucumbers, onion, and jalapeños ensure that this chilled soup  is anything but plain.
Julia Child's Potage Parmentier
This potato leek soup , from the grande dame of French cookery, may  be enjoyed hot or chilled down, à la vichyssoise, with the addition of an extra pinch of salt and splash of cream , since flavors are muted when chilled.
Salmorejo (Spanish Chilled Tomato Soup)
No, this chilled Spanish soup  isn't the same thing as gazpacho. The flavor of salmorejo is similar, but the texture is much thicker and richer, and it's garnished with serrano ham and chopped hard-boiled egg.
Cucumber Avocado Soup
Pair lush, buttery avocado with crisp cukes for a creamy, green soup  that you'll want to make time and time again.
Watermelon and blueberries might seem like an odd ingredients to star in a savory-leaning soup, but these juicy Summer fruits whirl up into a bright pink gazpacho  that's absolutely worth making while they're in season.
Cucumber-Mint Yogurt Soup
For a taste of the luxe Canyon Ranch Spa, try this refreshing, creamy cucumber-yogurt soup  that comes straight from their menu.
A variety of green veggies, including green bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatillos, and scallions add both color and flavor to this Spanish soup .
Chilled Beet Soup
Beets and Greek yogurt team up for a creamy magenta soup  that'll get you through the hottest of days.
Have you tried tomato-based gazpacho's creamy cousin, white gazpacho ? If not, hustle to the kitchen pronto, this creamy almond- and garlic-based soup is worth trying at least once.