Summer Borscht

I love this cool, creamy soup enough for any season. Please note that this is a large recipe and you’d be well-advised to halve it. Also, I usually use non-fat or low-fat yogurt and sour cream and find there’s no harm done. Adapted from Ina Garten.

  • 4 large or 5 medium beets
  • 12 oz (1 1/2 cups) plain yogurt
  • 8 oz (1 cup) sour cream 
  • 1 tbl sugar
  • 2 tsp mild vinegar or lemon juice
  • water or chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups seeded and diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced scallions
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh dill
  1. Scrub your beets well to remove any traces of dirt from them. Place the beets in a large pot of boiling salted water and cook uncovered until the beets are tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove the beets to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside to cool. Strain the cooking liquid through a fine sieve and also set aside to cool.
  2. Peel the cooled beets with a small paring knife or rub the skins off with your hands. Cut the beets in small to medium dice. 
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups of the beet cooking liquid, yogurt, sour cream, sugar, vinegar, a pinch of salt and pepper. Add enough water or stock to the soup base to reach a thick-but-pourable consistency (you may not need any, or you may need up to 1 cup). Add the beets, cucumber, scallions, and dill to the soup. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight. Season, to taste, and serve cold with an extra sprig of fresh dill.

Posted in on November 27, 2008
Recipe entered by: Lena

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