Savory Chilled Strawberry Soup

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Serves: 6 | Total Time: 15 Minutes

This cold strawberry soup is fully strawberry and yet fully savory. 

You may be asking, how can this be? 

It is similar to how strawberries and balsamic vinegar work nicely together, or how black pepper brings out a richness in strawberries that may otherwise be hiding.

The inspiration behind this cold strawberry soup recipe came over a decade ago when I was working at a golf club on the east coast. The chef created a strawberry gazpacho and eagerly wanted me to try it – without telling me what was all in it. 

I expected sweet – but was met with savory – which made sense because he wanted to serve this cold fruit soup as an appetizer on that week’s menu.

“Shallots!” Chef told me fervently, “Shallots are the secret!” …along with a little basil and three kinds of cream.

Like a fine wine, the first pop of savory fruit flavor melts into velvety, herby aromatics that pleasantly linger. 


Savory Chilled Strawberry Soup

Total Time: 15 Minutes

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 2 ounces mascarpone
  • 2 teaspoons chopped shallot
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • a pinch of salt to taste
  • fresh chives, for garnish
  • fresh ground black pepper, for garnish

RECIPE DIRECTIONS:

1. Puree the strawberries in an electric blender.

2. Add all other ingredients to the blender and pulse to combine. When well mixed, taste and adjust the salt if necessary. This should be a savory soup, but too much salt will overpower the delicate flavors of the fruit. Start with a small pinch, then slowly add more, if desired. 

3. Serve chilled in small bowls with a swirl of heavy cream. Garnish with fresh chives and a grind of black pepper.

Cold Strawberry Soup
Strawberry Gazpacho

Savory Chilled Strawberry Soup

An amazing summer soup recipe idea! Try this chilled strawberry soup to serve as an appetizer with your next home-cooked, gourmet meal. It is definitely strawberry, yet delicately savory and complex… your dinner guests will never know it only takes 15 minutes to make.
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Soup
Keyword: cold soup, cold strawberry soup, creamy strawberry soup, fruit gazpacho recipes, savory fruit soup, savory strawberry gazpacho
Servings: 6
Calories: 130kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries stems removed and cut in half
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 2 ounces mascarpone
  • 2 teaspoons chopped shallot
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt to taste
  • fresh chives for garnish
  • fresh ground black pepper for garnish

Instructions

  • Puree the strawberries in an electric blender.
  • Add all other ingredients to the blender and pulse to combine. When well mixed, taste and adjust the salt if necessary. This should be a savory soup, but too much salt will overpower the delicate flavors of the fruit. Start with a small pinch, then slowly add more, if desired.
  • Serve chilled in small bowls with a swirl of heavy cream. Garnish with fresh chives and a grind of black pepper.
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