Chilled  Tomato Dill Soup is the perfect dish to cool you off on a warm summer night, and can be packed in a thermos to serve as part of a picnic.

This Chilled Tomato Dill Soup recipe is always a hit, especially on a hot summer night. It is bursting with the flavors of summer – fresh tomatoes, onions and garlic. Fresh dill leaves, light and flavorful, blend perfectly with the tomato flavor and add bits of green color to this salmon-colored soup. I like to take it as part of a picnic dinner for a Denver Botanic Gardens summer concert, along with one of our main dish salads and a French baguette. It is rich, so small portions are best.

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Chilled Tomato Dill Soup

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Our tomato soup is bursting with summer flavors – tomatoes, onions and garlic. Fresh dill blends perfectly with the tomato and adds green color. Perfect to pack in a thermos for a picnic!

  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free



(See gluten-free adaptations in the Notes section at the bottom of the recipe.)

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 medium yellow onions (around 3/4 pound), chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 6 large ripe tomatoes (2 1/42 1/2 pounds), cored, seeded and quartered
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 chicken bouillon cubes (or 1 1/2 teaspoons chicken granules)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried)
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise


  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, melt the butter and sauté the onion and garlic over medium heat until wilted, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes, water, bouillon cubes and dill, and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes, or until tomatoes are very tender. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Place one-half of the tomato mixture in a blender and blend until smooth. Place in a large mixing bowl. Repeat with remaining tomato mixture. (Can also use an immersion blender.)
  4. Whisk in the mayonnaise and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and chill overnight. Serve in chilled bowls.


Gluten free: Use gluten free chicken bouillon.

Make ahead: Soup can be made up to two days ahead. Store covered and refrigerated.

  • Author: (From “A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®” by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Category: Chilled Soups, Starters, Entertaining

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  1. This looks delicious! I am always looking for ideas for my farmer’s market veggies…thank you! Summer tomatoes right off the vine are the absolute best! Sharing on Facebook and sending some other foodie love your way! 🙂 Glad you shared it with us at #FoodieFriDIY! Hope you are having a great week!

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I’ve provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.

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