Chilled strawberry soup

A chilled strawberry soup with orange and mint. Perfect as an appetizer or dessert on a hot day.Chilled strawberry soup

Want to know why I love the internet, specifically twitter? Because within 5 minutes of asking the world if strawberry soup seemed weird, I had over 15 replies that pretty much said “no, go for it!”

The internet validates my crazy. Or, it’s just way easier to lie from behind a computer screen. Either way, strawberry soup is here because of it.

I’m honestly not sure what to call this. In fact, I just stared at my categories for 10 minutes trying to decide which one it fits into. Is it a snack? An appetizer? A dessert? Just a smoothie poured in a bowl? Not sure…kind of all of the above.

Regardless, it’s delicious. Especially, on 73 degree sunny spring days.

Strawberry soup

Strawberries were 3/$3.00 or $1.50 each. Seriously, that’s what the sign said. I’d love to know who didn’t realize that and take the third pint.

Nonetheless, there was a point this week in which we had 5 pints of strawberries in our fridge. Something had to be done.

Although similar to a smoothie, I usually (as in never) take the time to simmer my strawberries with orange zest and mint before blending them up. That’s the part of this soup that makes it stand out. It’s like a slightly sweet gazpacho.

Cold strawberry soup

I can’t imagine anything more refreshing as the start or finish to a summer (or March) meal.

What up now Mr. Punxsutawney I saw my shadow Phil?

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Chilled Strawberry Soup

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A chilled strawberry soup with orange and mint. Perfect as an appetizer or dessert on a hot day.


  • 2 cups strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 4 mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup kefir
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (any milk is fine)


  1. Combine strawberries through water in a small sauce pan and simmer over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, breaking down strawberries with a spoon as they soften. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Once cooled, combine strawberry mixture with kefir and milk in a blender and puree until smooth. Add more almond milk if you want the soup thinner.
  3. Chill soup for at least 30 minutes before serving.
  4. Pour into bowls and garnish with mint.


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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      It feels like it’s always opposite weather. Freezing here, gorgeous in Cali and vice versa.

  1. thehealthyapron

    I seriously cannot believe this weather! 70s…in March? Unheard of where I live! I love it though!! Yesterday I was outside in capris and a tank! I’m craving summery foods myself! BEen making lots of salads!

  2. Lindsay @ biking before bed

    This looks so delicious and refreshing. Wish I saw this yesterday before i found my strawberries rotting in the fridge. This brings back memories of this awesome restaurant I used to go to in Philly when I was little. They had strawberry soup that was made with yogurt and fresh squeezed orange juice.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      thanks! My mother will happy someone said that because getting china & silver were her “musts” for me when we got married even though they sit in my china cabinet for approximately 363 days a year!

  3. katie @KatieDid

    mmmm sounds refreshing. I actually had the same “dilemma” yesterday with my chilled guacamole soup- smoothie? soup? what to call it. Love the strawberry and mint combo, remind me of my favorite mojito!

  4. Margarita

    Strawberry gazpacho looks wonderful! I have everything on hand and will definitely be making these…. Argh! No mint though… Skip it? Or have to have it?

  5. Julie @ Table for Two

    strawberries are one of my favorite fruits. i can eat them in ANYTHING. i’m glad i was one of those 15 twitter replies that said go for it cause this looks AMAZING. so gorgeous and looks so delicious!! i love the bright and cheery!

  6. Anna @ On Anna's Plate

    This is SO random– I had a book when I was little where Barbie (yep, Barbie) and her friends all get together and make strawberry soup!! For some reason, it stuck in my head, and I have always wanted to try it, but never have. So funny. Yours looks even better than Barbie’s ;-)

  7. Emily

    No matter what you call it, this looks delicious!
    I cannot wait for warmer temperatures and for fruit to be in season again. I’m already craving it like crazy. I literally live off of fresh fruit during the summertime and I wouldn’t have it any other way. (:

  8. Yellow Haired Girl

    Yum yum yum! What a fantastic idea – I can’t wait for summertime so I can enjoy some chilled dishes. I mean, I do love my (almost) daily smoothies , but they are just so much more satisying when I don’t have to wear my jacket outside to enjoy on my way to work :)

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