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Recipe of Cold Beet Soup- Perfect Summer Refreshment Food.

Updated on July 9, 2015

Hot Hot Summer

On a hot hot summer day you just don't want to move. It is too hot to move. It is too muggy to do anything. It is too hot to be hungry. You just don't have the same appetite on a hot hot summer day.

Summer is a good time to lose weight. It is easy. You don't want to eat when it is hot and muggy. In summer it is easy to lose weight by eating less, since your appetite is usually lower in hot time. This is the best tip how to lose weight. 

The best solution for a hot summer day is cold food. From refrigerator. 

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I love Russian food!

I grew up in Soviet Union and it is natural, that I am used to Russian cuisine. Though my favorite food is Mediterranean diet, I am more comfortable cooking Russian stuff.

My son's friends love it and they are always ready to come to try my cooking. They love virtually anything I am cooking, even if it is just regular loaded sandwich.

The only thing most of hem do not like is Cold Beet Soup. Why? As one girl put it, "there is nothing there".

That's right! There is nothing much in there, and still it is the most suitable food for a hot summer day. It will not really fill you, but it will refresh you.

How to eat cold beet soup.

Beet is healthy, healthy, healthy in many ways!
Beet is healthy, healthy, healthy in many ways!
Peel half of a medium cucumber, chop it and smash with a flat glass bottom. This is my mother's trick to add flavor.
Peel half of a medium cucumber, chop it and smash with a flat glass bottom. This is my mother's trick to add flavor.
Chop one hard boiled egg
Chop one hard boiled egg
Add cold beet soup. Add a spoon of sour cream, butter milk, mayo (whatever you like most). Bread with smoked salmon and garlic will add the pleasure.
Add cold beet soup. Add a spoon of sour cream, butter milk, mayo (whatever you like most). Bread with smoked salmon and garlic will add the pleasure.

How I make Cold beet Soup (with variations)

There are many ways to make cold beet soup. Every Russian cook makes it her way. Cold beet soup is a known food in many Northern European countries. In Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine and Belorussia people eat cold beet soup on a hot summer day. Every nation has its own version of it.

I am cooking it the same way my mother and my aunt, and my grandmother were doing it.

To make it my way, you will need:

  • medium pot and water.
  • one fresh beet with canes and leaves;
  • two to three potatoes;
  • one onion;
  • half fresh peeled cucumber;
  • one hard boiled egg;
  • salt and pepper according your taste; other spices according your taste. I use fresh dill or dried dill weeds.
  • one ts of sour cream, or mayo, or butter milk (whatever you like most)

Cut beet leaves off, but do not discard. Peel and chop one beet. Peel and cut potatoes in medium cubes. Peel an onion. You may chop an onion too, if you like.

Boil beet, beets leaves, potatoes and onion in a medium pot until cooked. Add salt and pepper according your taste. I usually throw an onion away after the vegetable broth is done, because I do not like boiled onion (that's why I cook an onion whole). But if you like it, you may cook onion chopped. Also, I throw away the beet leaves- they did their job, they added flavor.

Let the soup cool completely and put the pot into refrigerator.

Sometimes I cook beets whole and then grate them, this way you get more nutrition from beets. Also, I boil potatoes separately sometimes and add to the plate, this way potatoes stay white. You may do any way you like, the result is same- YUM!

Peel half fresh cucumber and cut it. Put it into a plate. I have a special trick to add some flavor to my cold beet soup- I smash cucumber with a bottom of a clean glass. Not too much, just to make some "juices". Peel and chop one hard boiled egg. Add into the plate. Add cold beet soup from the refrigerator. Add chopped fresh dill or dried dill weed. Also, you may add chopped fresh green onion. Add a teaspoon of sour cream, mayo or butter milk (whatever you like most). The soup has a very appetizing pink color.


You can eat cold beet soup wit a toast, or with pirozhki!

There is nothing better on a hot hot day than a healthy cold beet soup my way!


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    • alocsin profile image

      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is certainly an unusual dish. Beets are not one of my favorite veggies but I'm willing to give this a try because of the onions and cucumbers. Voting this Up and Useful.

    • sjk6101983 profile image


      10 years ago from Milwaukee, WI


      We had some Russian food one night at Hillel for Shabbat last semester so I'm kind of used to it. I don't know about my mom and dad, but I know they're not picky eaters.

      Sarah :)

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from USA


      you mom is more than welcome to try any of my Russian recipes. I am sure that you and your dad not only will survive them, but also will like them.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from USA

      sheila, what an experience! I can imagine what you went through! There is a kind of Russian cold soup that I myself can't bear, it is green cold soup. I would have the same hard time eating it, hehe.

      But I love beet cold soup. It is more what you are used to, I suppose.

    • ReuVera profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from USA

      Wanderlust, cold Russian Vodka goes with virtually any Russian food, especially with Russian borsch and pelmeni. With pelmeni it is a must!

    • sheila b. profile image

      sheila b. 

      10 years ago

      When I visited 'the frontier' my hostess made a soup like this especially for me, the American. I took a spoonful and could barely make myself swallow it. I was the only one eating, with about 5 people waiting for me to love this special soup. I tried, I really tried, but every mouthful was torture for me. I couldn't believe they loved this awful soup! And I just couldn't make myself finish it. What an insult that was to my hostess! I felt so bad about it, making excuses about just not being hungry, but after about half the bowl I couldn't force myself to take another bite. Later, days later, I'd figured out that the sour cream in it was really soured cream, like spoiled milk. The memory of that day still haunts me. I wish I could have made myself eat the soup, but I couldn't.

    • Wanderlust profile image


      10 years ago from New York City

      Great recipe! I will try it next time after I visit a farm market to buy all ingredients fresh and organic.... And I am pretty sure cold Vodka is a great supplement to Russian borsch :)

    • sjk6101983 profile image


      10 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Vera, here's a message from my mom:

      Reuven's mom:

      Can I borrow your recipes to try on Sarah and her dad? Thanks. By the way, Sarah's dad eats anything with chicken in it.

      Sarah's mom


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