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Cold Black Bean Soup

It's getting hot in here, so ......... You know how the rest of the song goes.

When it gets hot, I tend to spend less time in the kitchen cooking, unless I'm testing recipes for Robyn Webb. Instead, I try to come up with quick, delicious and cooling recipes that will be filling, but not heavy, and would not increase the temperature in my little studio apartment.

Here's just such a recipe: Cold Black Bean Soup.

2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 large can of diced tomatoes (with juices)
juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon toasted cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic
1 roasted chipotle pepper, seeds removed
1 cup liquid (water or vegetable broth or chicken broth)
salt & pepper

sour cream
fresh tomatoes

1. In a food processor puree all of the soup ingredients. Chill.
2. Serve the soup topped with sour cream, halved cherry tomatoes, cubes of avocado and fresh cilantro.

You can eliminate some of the liquid from the soup and make it into a dip.

For other cold soup ideas check out Melon & Mango cold soup, Gazpacho, Pureed Beet Soup and Russian Cold Beet Soup with Cucumbers and Buttermilk.

What are your favorite cold soups? What do you cook when the weather gets hot?


Shaw Girl said...

That looks delicious! I may try it as a dip for a healthy snack!

Anonymous said...

It sure is getting hot and this chilled soup sounds perfect! Very pretty with tomato and avocado toppings!

Anonymous said...

Wow, its quite a thing of beauty. I'm not into cold soup, but I definitely would want to give this one a try.
*kisses* HH

grace said...

there are certain soups that i always enjoy, regardless of any special components or preparations. black bean soup is one of those soups, and although i've never had it chilled, i'm sure i'd love it!

Meister said...

Oh, wow -- it would never occur to me to serve black-bean soup chilled, but I bet that's just the thing for a hot summer night.

Toss a couple of pickled jalapeƱos on top, man, and you just made my night.

Thanks for sharing this one -- definitely bookmarking it!

Chef Fresco said...

What a brilliant idea for enjoying soup in the summer! I love your bowl too :) Looks like a perfect meal!

K said...

That looks and sounds great- thanks for sharing the recipe!

Gera@SweetsFoodsBlog said...

I can eat even hot this soup for my cold days here, only I could remain natural the tomatoes :)



Simones Kitchen said...

I wish I could say that the temperatures are too hot but with the rain pouring down at this moment, that is just not gonna happen! Lovely soup though and I will definitely keep this in month for when it finally does get hot!

Boca Raton criminal defense lawyer said...

Looks incredibly tasty and filling. Thanks for the idea.

pigpigscorner said...

How I wish it's hot in here too! But this sounds like a great way to enjoy soups during Summer.

cedar chests said...

This is beautiful! The photo made the dish more appetizing to me even though I really don't like black beans.