Cold Beet Soup is a perfect way to eat healthy and delicious during summer. A bowl filled with crunchy cucumbers, hard-boiled eggs, sweet beets, and cold creamy kefir will keep you full and satisfied for hours!
I posted this Cold Beet Soup Recipe originally 9 years ago exactly. It’s an unusual and funny coincidence that I’m posting it again on exactly the same date just almost a decade later.
Nine years ago I made this Cold Kefir Soup dozens of times during a very hot summer. Then I met my husband who doesn’t like kefir (or yogurt or sour cream or buttermilk or any other dairy except milk and cheese… I don’t even know how we are still together… end rant) and stopped making this refreshing cold summer soup.
Now that I am staying home with my adorable daughter (who also doesn’t like kefir or yogurt or sour cream or buttermilk or any other dairy except cheese… I don’t even know how she’s my child… end rant), I get to make Cold Beet Soup for lunch for myself. And what a delicious and easy and healthy lunch it is!!!
What are the origins of Cold Beet Soup?
If you google Cold Beet Soup, you’ll get many recipes that state that the soup is either Polish or Lithuanian or Latvian or Russian.
According to a wiki page (which I know is not really an authority), it is most likely Lithuanian. However, it’s really popular in Russia and it even has its own name: Kholodnik or Svekolnik.
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What are the ingredients in Cold Beet Soup?
Beets, of course. Then there are a few other ingredients that are different from recipe to recipe. Just like with American Apple Pie, there are many different variations of this Cold Kefir Soup.
Some swear by using pickled beets and say that without them this cold summer soup would not be the same. Some say that the recipe must contain potatoes.
Here are the ingredients in my Cold Beet Soup Recipe with Kefir:
- Beets, cooked, not pickled.
- I love using Love Beets brand because it makes making this soup very easy. I get them at Costco.
- Kefir. Some use buttermilk but I use Kefir exclusively.
- Boiled eggs
- Green onion
- Lots of salt
Sometimes I am asked about the taste of this concoction. How does it taste? Well, all those ingredients without kefir make a pretty good salad, so it’s sort of like a salad with lots of dressing, a.k.a kefir. Try it, it’s great!!!
How to make Cold Beet Soup
Making this refreshing cold summer soup is really easy. All you need to do is:
- grate the cooked beets
- finely chop the rest of the ingredients
- pour cold and creamy kefir over them
- season with salt
TIPS to make this Cold Kefir Soup easy: If you can’t buy pre-cooked beets, then just cook a few with your preferred cooking method, peel, then keep in the fridge.
They will keep for about a week or 10 days. Hard-boil your eggs and also keep in the fridge. Once you have eggs and beets cooked, chopping the ingredients and assembling this cold summer soup will take only 5 minutes.
Alternatively, you can pre-chop all the ingredients and keep in separate containers in the fridge for up to 2 days. Then you can assemble the soup in no time.
TIP: Make sure that all your ingredients are cold. This Cold Beet Soup tastes much better cold rather than room temperature.
Can you make Cold Kefir Soup without Beets?
Sure, you can! In fact, half of the time I don’t add beets at all. If you don’t have time to cook beets but you want to have a delicious and refreshing Cold Kefir Soup, then just omit the beets! It’ll be just as delicious and just as refreshing!
What if you don’t like Kefir?
Well, if you don’t like kefir but you would still like to have a delicious Cold Summer Soup with the same ingredients then you can go old-school Russian and make Okroshka.
It consists of pretty much the same ingredients but uses Kvass instead of Kefir. Kvass is a rye bread fermented drink and it’s absolutely delicious!
What can you make with all the leftover Kefir?
Kefir is usually sold in the yogurt aisle of your grocery store and it’s available almost everywhere. If, however, you can’t find it, you can learn How to Make Milk Kefir from Sarah at Champagne Tastes.
Try these delicious recipes with your leftover kefir:
- Chocolate Kefir Cake from Imagelicious
- Mango Lassi with Kefir from Champagne Tastes
- Healthy Kefir Popsicles from Homemade and Yummy
Variations of the Cold Beet Soup Recipe
- Try using pickled beets instead of boiled/baked beets
- Add boiled potatoes
- Add a dill pickle
- Use cold beet juice instead of kefir and add a spoonful of sour cream on top
- Add garlic
- Omit radishes
There are so many variations of this delicious soup! Add more of this or less of that. Play around with it. Make it different and exciting every single time!
Cold Beet Soup
- 2 small cooked beets
- 2 small cucumbers
- 4 large boiled eggs
- 4 tablespoons finely chopped dill
- 2 green onion
- 6 radishes
- 3 cups kefir (or more for a thinner soup)
- Lots of salt
- Grate the cooked beets.
- Finely chop the rest of the ingredients.
- Add all the chopped and grated ingredients to a bowl.
- Pour kefir over the ingredients and mix.
- Add enough salt to taste.
- Eat cold.
(This recipe was originally posted on July 18, 2009 and just for fun this is the photo that I posted back then)