Looking for summer soup recipes? Want the best gazpacho to serve at your dinner party? We've found the best summer-inspired soups that are perfect for an al fresco lunch or dinner party starter. Check out our recipes below, and then take a look at our healthy soup recipes.


Get more inspiration with our collections of easy soup recipes, vegan soup recipes, vegetarian soup recipes, healthy lunch recipes and best starter recipes.

Summer soup recipes

Green cannellini minestrone with ricotta dumplings

This nutritious green bowl of spinach, sugar snap peas and cavolo nero, with cheesy dumplings for a touch of indulgence, makes for a vibrant summertime lunch.

Vegetarian Minestrone Recipe With Ricotta

Pea and mint soup

Make a batch of pea and mint soup, mixed with ricotta, lemon and single cream, for a light and summery starter to serve at your next dinner party.

Pea and Mint Soup in a Bowl with Small Ricotta Toasts

Chilled cucumber, dill and yogurt soup

A perfect summertime starter, check out this creamy chilled soup with aromatic dill and subtle tasting cucumbers.

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Tomato and red pepper soup

This summery tomato and red pepper soup makes a brilliant al freso lunch or dinner party starter, proving soup isn’t just for winter.

two bowls of red soup scattered with basil leaves and sat on folded linen napkins with chinks of crusty bread

Cambodian soup

Luu Meng, head chef of Malis restaurant in Phnom Penh, shares his version of samlor prahal, an aromatic Cambodian soup featuring shrimp, fish and fresh herbs. If you can’t get hold of coconut blossom, then tinned banana blossom will work well in its place.

A bowl of Cambodian soup

Mexican charred sweetcorn soup

This Mexican-inspired vegan soup with charred sweetcorn offers bright summery flavours and plenty of kick due to the punchy ancho chillies.

Vegan Mexican Sweetcorn Soup Recipe with Ancho Chillies

Green gazpacho with burrata and prosciutto

This electric green gazpacho, made with punchy jalapeños, crispy prosciutto and creamy burrata, is sure to draw in the crowds at your next dinner party.

Green Gazpacho Recipe with Burrata and Prosciutto

Shredded veg miso soup

Tuck into a colourful bowl of shredded veg miso soup, topped with quinoa and kale, for a lunch that's both light and healthy.

Vegan Miso Soup with Veggies Recipe

Courgette and mint soup

This soothing soup is a riot of all things green and fresh, mixing courgette with fresh mint and lemon zest. Best served with a dollop of crème fraîche on top.

Courgette and mint soup

Barbudian fish wata

Brixton restaurant Caribe’s recipe for wata – a light fish soup – is flavoured with earthy green seasoning, fiery scotch bonnet and zingy ginger.

A wooden table topped with a bowl of fish soup with halves peppers, herbs and lime wedges

Macedonian tarrator (chilled cucumber soup)

Popular in Macedonia during the hot summer months, this chilled cucumber soup is as refreshing as it is tart, featuring wonderful creamy and zesty flavours.

A close up of a bowl of white soup topped with a slice of green cucumber and sprig of dill


This classic cold soup, featuring cucumber, red pepper and red onion on a plum tomato base, makes a refreshing light summer meal or starter.

Gazpacho Soup Recipe

Summer veg and herb soup

This light and summery veg soup, packed with peas, courgette, green beans and fresh herbs, is an easy and quick soup to rustle up for lunch.

Summer veg and herb soup

Vietnamese-style green soup

This quick and easy soup takes inspiration from punchy Vietnamese flavours like lemongrass, ginger and mint, as well as being packed with bright greens and quinoa for goodness.

Vietnamese Vegan Soup Recipe

Red Thai curry noodle soup

Check out this red Thai curry noodle recipe for a soup packed full of delicious Thai flavours that’s ready in just 20 minutes.

Red Thai Noodle Soup Recipe

Watercress soup with cashew cream

Make a bowl of watercress soup, made with cashew cream as a vegan alternative to dairy creams, for a healthy green soup to enjoy out in the sun.

Vegan Watercress Soup Recipe With Cashew Cream

Pea, cider and mint soup with crispy bacon croutons

Let green peas shine in this vibrant cider and mint soup, topped with crispy bacon croutons for a crunchy, salty kick.

Pea Soup with Bacon Croutons and Mint

Melon gazpacho

This sweet melon gazpacho, topped with crispy parma ham for a salty kick, is the perfect light summer soup to enjoy outdoors.

Melon Gazpacho Recipe

Supergreen pea and spinach soup

This simple assortment of peas, spinach, potato and creme fraîche is easy to assemble yet offers impressive results, perfect for a starter without any of the fuss.

Three bowls of green spinach and pea soup, with a swirl of creme fraîche


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