Chilled Strawberry Soup Recipe // Video
Inspired by the version served at the majestic Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney, this Chilled Strawberry Soup recipe is a little lighter but tastes even better than the original. Easy to make in just a few minutes, you’ll be whipping it up all summer long!
Let’s talk about Walt Disney World for a moment. I absolutely love it there. It is the happiest place on earth. At least the memories you keep are always that it’s the happiest place on earth. While you’re there, it’s fun…and clean….and amazingly magical. Magical in that you forget about the long lines when you don’t have a FastPass. You don’t really recall the rudeness of some of the people trampling small children just to get 6 inches closer to the parade route. You forget that when you visit in August you should never, ever, ever walk outside for more than 45 seconds or you may end up with mild heat stroke. (Or April for that matter!!!)
No…you remember how your kids (and your own) faces lit up when they see Elsa…LIVE and in person! You remember how exhilarating the Tower of Terror is and how you got back in line to wait another 45 minutes because you could only get one FastPass. You remember the food….oh, the food. The food in any of the Disney theme parks is magical all by itself. The lunch at Be Our Guest is truly something to remember (So good I did a whole post on it!). Dinner at the Hoop de Doo is a must see…and eat. That fried chicken…OMG. And the Chilled Strawberry Soup at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian Hotel is simply spectacular. I could totally make a whole meal of it.
I dream about the Chilled Strawberry Soup regularly. It’s so light and creamy, smooth and sweet. My version is a little lighter than the recipes I’ve seen online when doing a little research. And unlike the Disney version I keep seeing, I use fresh strawberries, not frozen. I also replaced the often used sour cream with low-fat greek yogurt. For this recipe, I totally skipped out on the sour cream and used all low-fat greek yogurt then blended it all into a velvety puree. Kinda like a really loose smoothie. It’s like a Fresh Strawberry Soup that’s fantastic when using those amazingly bright and vibrant IN SEASON strawberries. It’s perfect as a first course for brunch or you could serve it in little shot glasses if you’re doing more of an appetizer style brunch buffet. Chilled Strawberry Soup would look stunning situated next to the Smoked Salmon Canapes I posted a while back….just a little suggestion. And throw in a pitcher of citrusy Bloody Margaritas and you have one heck of a spring or summer party!
I also like to serve this Chilled Strawberry Soup topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a few sliced strawberries to add some texture. As much as I like the smooth texture of this Strawberry soup, if I’m eating it as a main course with a light side salad…sometimes it’s nice to have some bits of strawberries to balance everything out. Spring is coming…..I can feel it in my bones but knowing the weather here in the Northeast, it will probably only be here for 37 seconds until summer comes in in full force.
Chilled Strawberry Soup
- 2 cups chopped fresh strawberries
- 1 1/2 cups plain low-fat greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield)
- juice of one lime
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
- 4 ounces half and half
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree for 3 minutes or until all the ingredients are well blended. Pour into an airtight container and chill for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
- Serve in chilled bowls and garnish with whipped cream and strawberries if desired.