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- 0.2 I really just wanted to write that as I can, and it has no relevance to cold soups in Spain.
- 1 1. Salmorejo
- 2 2. Crema Fria de Coliflor con su caviar y ceviche de Bacalao
- 3 3. Gazpacho – one of the ultimate cold soups in Spain
- 4 4. Sopa de AjoBlanco
- 5 5. Crema de Esparrago Soup
- 6 6. Cold Melon-Cucumber Soup Recipe – Sopa Fria de Melon
- 7 7. Sopa Fría de Tomate, Naranja y Frambuesa
I really just wanted to write that as I can, and it has no relevance to cold soups in Spain.
When it hit 36 degrees in Madrid, we had a good indication of what summer would bring, and one of these was that cold soups in Spain are amazing. What a magnificent idea this proved to be a we saw that cold soups are a popular inclusion on menus where we went. As we were there at the beginning of the summer months, there was no doubt that these would become more and more a staple of the daily diet.
According to Cristino Álvarez, one of the most prestigious Spanish food journalists, “The origins of gazpacho are found, “in the eating habits of Andalusian farmers, who had to endure hard days of working in the fields and extremely high temperatures.” From gazpacho, cold soups have advanced. With the plethora of fresh ingredients in this country, it is hardly surprising that the cold soup movement has taken off.
The cold soups of Spain are at new and different level all over the country and are not to be lightly dismissed. Teamed with iced tintos de verano, a mix of dry red wine and La Casera, or a beer or even straight wine, a compulsory accompaniment to meals and some good crusty bread, you will find that the soups are a definite meal in themselves.
We tried cold soups in the three cities that we visited.
We first tried Salmorejo or Spanish chilled tomato soup in Barcelona, where the days were hot, and appropriately enough Salmorejo, a richer variety of gazpacho was welcomed. Named Salmorejo this soup is made with tomatoes, garlic, onion, cherry tomatoes and with egg and Jamon Iberico or Iberian ham. Whether you eat this with an iced tintos de verano or beer, you must have the baguette to mop op the deliciousness of this deceptively hearty cold soup in Spain. If it is prepared the night before, then it gains more flavor as it intensifies in flavor as we were told by the cafe owners.
2. Crema Fria de Coliflor con su caviar y ceviche de Bacalao
This was one of the most delicious soups that I tried in Valencia – one of my new favorite cities in Spain. The soup is a cold cream of cauliflower with a ceviche of cod, topped with caviar and a few other things. Apparently this dish must be accompanied by a good champagne.
3. Gazpacho – one of the ultimate cold soups in Spain
We cannot mention cold soups in Spain without talking about gazpacho. Made with tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, extra virgin olive oil and a hint of Spanish sherry vinegar, it was particularly refreshing in the hot weather of Madrid. The amount of fresh produce in Spain makes this soup a no brainer.
4. Sopa de AjoBlanco
Sopa de AjoBlanco is a Cold white garlic soup. It is not made from dairy products but from almonds that are blended to a paste with bread and garlic. Oil is then gradually added and passed through a sieve to get this very velvety and unusual texture. We were fortunate to experience the Almond and garlic cream soup with Palo Cortado sherry ice cream at The Westin Palace Madrid, where the chef Fernando Sáenz, pairs meals with various ice creams.
5. Crema de Esparrago Soup
This is a seasonal dish, and we tried the creamy asparagus soup, which used the white asparagus currently growing prolifically in Spain. It has an excellent hit of paprika and only a small amount of milk as the creaminess comes from the potatoes and the asparagus. Where did we eat this? Trying to remember but believe it was Valencia.
6. Cold Melon-Cucumber Soup Recipe – Sopa Fria de Melon
Made with watermelon, a fruit called the Queen of the Summer, this is an easy soup to eat and to make and perhaps is more like a real juice. This can be done with some cream, and if you liked topped with jambon. It is an excellent soup come drink to help you to rehydrate and this we tried in Barcelona.
7. Sopa Fría de Tomate, Naranja y Frambuesa
This is Cold Tomato-Orange-Raspberry Soup, often called the “Every Little Thing’s Gonna Be Alright”. The soup is simple to make and big in flavor, and quite filling. It contains ripe tomatoes, raspberries, red bell peppers, orange juice, water, sherry vinegar and, of course, extra virgin Spanish olive oil. There is often friend jambon put on top to give it crunch. Always, add a dash of olive oil to the soup.
These 7 Cold soups of Spain are a very pleasing addition to the delectable food scene in this country. They are all easy to make, totally nutritious and will take you back to your Spanish experiences…in a very good way.
Yes yes yes! I have an addiction to salmorejo and gazpacho… I’ve heard a lot of people dismiss Spanish food as heavy and greasy and I don’t understand: this is as fresh and healthy as can be!
The soups are so fresh and so healthy, though I did find a lot of the street food and tapas bar food to be very heavy. That is why I was so happy with the soups.
I’ve never been a big fan of gazpacho, and I didn’t know there even were any other sorts of cold soup! I’d love to try all of these.
Actually, i was very pleasantly surprised that they were so delicious. We will be making a lot more too.
These all look delicious and I’m not usually a fan of cold soups. I may need to start expanding my palette. That Sopa de AjoBlanco looks and sounds so delicious. Soup and ice cream sound intriguing.
The Sopa de AjoBlanco had the most unusual texture. So velvety. It was amazing.
I have never been a fan of cold soup until I had the cold melon – cucumber soup in Figueres, Spain. A few of the other ones here seem worth a try.
I was surprised how very flavoursome they were, and how filling they were. I am a convert
These look fantastic. We might try to improvise and recreate a few. I had an amazing egg-drop garlic soup when I was trekking in southern spain. It seemed simple but i have not been able to find it again or recreate it! I do dream about it.
Hi Eileen, I look up your soup and here is a recipe that I found for Sopa de Ajo, and it adds the egg at the end. I may also make this http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/05/sopa-de-ajo-garlic-soup-recipe.html
Perfect post to read as I sit here in the sweltering heat in southern Florida! They all sound delicious!
They are really delicious, deep on flavour yet totally refreshing.