Cold Soups, Summer Salads…

Summer is creeping by, and we are entering the lazy, hazy days of July/August. It’s that time of year that you want to avoid the indoors, especially the kitchen. So, what to do? Think summer salads, soups and such. Everything is coming into peak harvest, so the best things are easy to prepare, healthy and of course COLD. A nice little blurb from a previous post; http://www.professionalchefsfoodnetwork.org/2021/06/21/strawberry-social/

Cold Soups

Cold soups are a particular variation on the traditional soup, wherein the temperature when served is kept at or below room temperature. They may be sweet or savory. In summer, sweet cold soups can form part of a dessert tray. An example of a savory chilled soup is gazpacho, a chilled vegetable-based soup originating from Spain Vichyssoise is a cold purée of potatoes, leeks, and cream. Fruit soups are prepared using fruit as a primary ingredient, and may be served warm or cold depending on the recipe. Many varieties of fruit soups exist, and they may be prepared based upon the availability of seasonal fruit.

Dessert Soups
Summer Salads

salad is a dish consisting of mixed pieces of food, typically with at least one raw ingredient. They are often dressed, and typically served at room temperature or chilled, though some can be served warm.

Garden salads use a base of leafy greens such as lettucearugula/rocketkale or spinach; they are common enough that the word salad alone often refers specifically to garden salads. Other types include bean saladtuna saladfattoushGreek salad (vegetable-based, but without leafy greens), and sōmen salad (a noodle-based salad).

Summer Salads may be served at any point during a meal:

Types of Salads
  • Fruit Salad; for the most part composed of seasonally available products
  • Pasta; Any type, Asian, Italian, Korean in combination with garnishes and dressing
  • Grains and Legumes; As above
  • Protein Based; More of a main course, composed salad. A complete cold salad.
  • Greens; Simple salad or composed. Available, seasonal.
  • Vegetables; As above
Condiments

condiment is a supplemental food, such as a sauce or powder that is added to some foods to impart a particular flavor, enhance its flavor, or, in some cultures, to complement the dish, but that cannot stand alone as a dish. In the case of summer, I would include these in menu planning as they are used frequently with just about everything. Follow this link for a comprehensive list; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_condiments.

conclusion

So concludes my bit on cold soups, summer salads and more. You definitely want to be spending your time out of doors, not sweating over a hot stove! Take natures bounty in its simplest form, jazz it up a bit and enjoy! Cheers!