The most traditional version and the one best known to Americans is based on tomatoes. But you'll see it made with cucumber and even melon. That's the fun of this dish -- you can tweak it to make it the way you (and the kids) like.
Garnish each serving of this tasty variation with sliced cucumbers or a dollop of plain yogurt.
Try this fruity twist on soup: Blend your favorite choice of melon -- cantaloupe, honeydew, or watermelon -- with lemon or lime juice, bread, and olive oil.
Make the original recipe, and then top it with cooked shrimp that's been seasoned lightly with freshly ground pepper and a bit of lemon juice.
Vegetables even the kids will eat: Add zucchini and onions to the soup for a rich, earthy flavor.