Guest Post: Cheerful Cherry Soup for the Dog Days of Summer

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Jul 17, 2013 No Comments ›› Melissa Graham

During the colder months there is nothing that I love more than curling up with a cup of hot tea and a bowl of steaming soup. I focus on warm, comforting foods but in the summer, that is the last thing I want. I tend to lean towards light, cool, and fairly convenient foods as the weather warms. Cold soups are perfect for a nice easy meal or an afternoon snack. Cold cherry soup, although kind of weird sounding, is actually a delicious way to cool down in the summer and is a great fix for a bit of a sweet tooth.

I can’t believe how many people have never tried cold cherry soup. My grandmother used to make this for me when I would go stay with her during the summer and it has slowly become a tradition of mine to make this for any family summer gathering. The recipe is extremely basic and hardly takes any prep work or cook time. I have never taken the time to measure much of anything because I have always made it by following my grandma’s directions as opposed to an actual recipe.

Here is a list of the ingredients that I use although many recipes vary:

2 16 ounce cans of pitted red pie cherries
White sugar to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Greek yogurt
Cold water
Vanilla extract

Drain the cherries and save the liquid in a medium sized sauce pan. Add roughly 3 cups of cold water to the sauce pan as well as 2 or 3 teaspoons of cornstarch. Mix thoroughly. Heat the mixture to a rolling boil stirring constantly. Once the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat and let simmer for 5 minutes while continuing to stir. Add lemon juice, vanilla extract, and sugar to taste. Remove the mixture from the heat and let cool. Fold in Greek yogurt and cherries until you are happy with the consistency and put the entire thing in the refrigerator. If you don’t like or don’t have Greek yogurt you can substitute sour cream. Serve chilled.

Cassie Corbett loves all snacks and dreams of one day being the star of her own cooking show. When she’s not reorganizing her kitchen or trying out new restaurants she writes for World Kitchen, a leading cookware supplier. Follow her on Twitter to keep up with her work.

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