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Think Gazpacho - only Russian, and Pink! Full of Probiotics. A Delicious Summer Soup Served Cold, Made From Beets and Kefir.

Cold Beet Soup - Holodnik (холодник из свеклы)

Think Gazpacho - only Russian, and Pink! Full of Probiotics. Tasty like Okroshka or Svekolnik, a Delicious Summer Cold Beet Soup, made from Beets, Kefir and lots of Dill - Holodnik Soup (холодник из свеклы)

Course Soup
Cuisine Russian
Keyword Cold Beet Soup, holodnik
Prep Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Author PetersFoodAdventures


  • 3 large beets about 1kg
  • 1 cucumber
  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 litre kefir
  • 1 litre water reserved from boiled beets
  • 3 green onions
  • juice of a lemon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • dill bunch chopped
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Peel the beets and boil them until they are cooked and soft (easily pierced with a fork). This will take around 40 minutes, depending on the size of the beets. Reserve 1 litre of the liquid for your soup. Grate the beets and set aside.
  2. Finely chop the cucumbers, 6 hard boiled eggs and the green onions. Cut 4 hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise and set aside.
  3. In a pot, combine the kefir, lemon juice and the reserved water from the beets. Add the salt and taste. Adjust if necessary.
  4. Add the grated beets, cucumber, chopped eggs, green onions, mix together and refrigerate in the frige until cold.
  5. Serve with 1/2 egg in each bowl, along with a generous dollop of sour cream and dill. Enjoy.