Fresh beet leaves are currently available in stores and supermarkets. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a while now, so now I’m going crazy and make all sorts of dishes from them.
I started my beetroot madness by making cold beetroot soup and beet leaves rolls. Today, I am sharing a recipe for the former. It is a recipe for cold beetroot soup with cucumber, garlic, radish, dill and green onion. I combined these vegetables with kefir, sour cream and natural yoghurt as well as lemon juice and seasoned it with sugar, salt and pepper. This cold soup is a great dish that can be served during warmer days. I usually serve it with a hard-boiled egg as addition.
Ingredients for cold beets soup.
- 300 g young beets
- bunch of fresh dill
- 1 salad cucumber
- 100 ml natural yoghurt
- 400 ml kefir
- 3 tablespoons of sour cream
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 2 big cloves of garlic
- bunch of radish
- 1/2 teaspoon of crystal sugar
- 4 eggs
- 50 g young beet leaves
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- black pepper to taste
- bunch of fresh chives or green onion
How to make cold beets soup.
Place the beetroot in a pot, add water and cook it until tender. When done, pour out the water, cool the beets, then peel and grate them on a large mesh grater. Place the grated beets in a bowl.
Hard-boil the eggs (it should take around for 8-9 minutes). Once cooked, cool them down, peel, then cut each egg in half.
Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds with a teaspoon, then dice it.
Cut the radish into small cubes, chop the onion and dill finely.
Cut the beetroot leaves along with the stalks into very small pieces.
Combine salt, mashed garlic, sugar, black pepper, lemon juice, kefir, yogurt and cream in a cup.
Put all the cut ingredients (except the eggs) into a bowl. Pour the sauce from the cup over them and mix well. Place the soup in the fridge. Serve it with hard-boiled eggs and extra dill.
Good to know when making cold beets soup.
I used a salad cucumber from which I removed the soft and mushy middle.
In my case, a small bunch of green onions consisted of two bulbs. I didn’t have chives, so I used green onions. If you have a choice between onion and chives, go for the latter.
Do you like beets? If so, try our recipe for Potato and beetroot puree.