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Summer Beet Soup – Chilled Borscht

Summer beet soup is a simplified version of borscht and is prepared in a fraction of the time. Serve with a spoonful of sour cream and a sprinkling of chopped fresh parsley. This is a healthy and refreshing vegetarian soup, which is just as good served either hot or chilled.

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Did you know?

Some cooks today discard the beet tops and use only the roots. In ancient times, however, only the tops were eaten as a vegetable; the roots were used as a medicine to treat painful disorders such as headaches and toothaches.

Beet Summer Soup 2
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Note: Rassol is a beet broth, which is used to impart a strong beet color and flavor. You are most likely to find it in kosher food stores. Or you can use vegetable stock.

Serves: 4-6


  • 1/4 medium white cabbage, cored and coarsely
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp. wine vinegar
  • 5 cups vegetable stock or rassol
  • 3 beets, cooked, peeled and grated
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • lemon juice, optional
  • sour cream or yogurt to serve
  • chopped fresh parsley, to garnish

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Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion and carrot, cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften.

Add the cabbage, vegetable stock or rassol, bay leaf, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes. Add vinegar and beets, simmer over a low heat for another 10 minutes.

Remove the bay leaf. Allow to cool and refrigerate until cold. If you prefer soup a little less sweet, add a few drops of lemon juice. Ladle into chilled soup bowls or glasses, top each with spoonful of sour cream, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

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  • Reply
    Rosa's Yummy Yums
    April 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    A wonderful soup! I am a big fan of beets.

    Gorgeous pictures, especially the second one from the top.



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    April 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    your clicks are a treat to the eyes. beautiful soup recipe. will try it this summer.

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    Eric Pepple
    April 17, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I just can't get over how beautiful your food and photography is. Fantastic job!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    April 17, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Reminds me the way we make borscht! 🙂 With new season potatos..I love it 🙂

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook
    April 18, 2013 at 4:45 am

    I want to try your chilled borscht! Today was 70F and I was thinking cold soup could be really nice treat and here you are posting beet soup! YUM. I love beets. Beets are beautiful and delicious!

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    April 19, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Nothing beats a cool refreshing soup on a hot day!

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