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Chilled Golden Soup with Sungold Tomato Salad + scenes from early summer!

A vegan, chilled golden soup topped with sungold tomato salad.
Chilled Golden Soup with Sungold Tomato Salad | A vegan chilled golden soup made of carrots and onions, and then topped with a fresh and bright sungold tomato salad. The perfect chilled summer soup.
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Chilled Cream of Basil Soup with a Corn + Cucumber Salad

Chilled Cream of Basil Soup with a Corn + Cucumber Salad | @withfoodandlove

I really don’t mind cooking when it’s hot outside. I actually love to cook in the summertime, and I know this makes me a crazy person. My love for cooking in July started long before I had central air conditioning here in St. Louis. When I lived in Philly, I’d crank my oven so high I swear my tiny apartment was about to burst into flames.There’s something about the produce in the heat of the summer that inspires me on a primal level. The colors. The textures. The plentiful bounty at the market, in my CSA box and {now} in my garden. I think we probably all feel the same way, like we can never get enough of the summer veg.

We become vegetable hoarders. We covet them. And we literally fight people {or squirrels} for them until they run out. Often I’m drawn to roasting them. Eggplants, tomatoes, zucchini. I pop tray after tray of them into the oven. Keeping it simple, all with just a little sea salt and a splash of olive oil and whole garlic cloves right in their skins. The flavors deepen, the notes soften, and everything tastes the perfect amount of sweet. I don’t know why. It doesn’t matter the season, or temperature outside. Roasted food always tastes the best to me.

Chilled Cream of Basil Soup with a Corn + Cucumber Salad | @withfoodandlove

Corn + Cucumber Salad | @withfoodandlove

Chilled Cream of Basil Soup | @withfoodandlove

Chilled Cream of Basil Soup with a Corn + Cucumber Salad | @withfoodandlove

And even though eating trays of roasted summery veg isn’t too heavy, there are still some summer days when all I want to eat is raw, lighter foods. Like smoothie bowls for breakfast, salads for lunch and raw soups, like this one for dinner. This cream of basil soup is totally raw and vegan and naturally gluten-free and requires practically no work at all to throw together. It has a smooth finish and it’s herby in spirit. But please don’t miss the corn and cucumber salad, it totally makes the dish and rounds out all the flavors with a little acid. Also, this soup is perfect thing to make with the abundance of basil I have right now. I seriously have, so, much, basil.

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