Super easy and absolutely great version of the longer and original recipe for this soup that my grandmother brought from Russia. On a hot summer day, a bowl of this soup is an energizing lift. Add a piece of of rye or pumpernickel bread served on the side to complete the Russian experience.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Mix the buttermilk, cucumber, beets with their juice, green onions, dill, salt, and vinegar in a bowl; stir to mix thoroughly, and chill, covered, in refrigerator at least 2 hours or overnight for best flavor. Serve cold.

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Cook's Notes

Feel adventuresome? Use fresh beets with tops. Clean and cook beets and tops on stove top in water until tender. Save and use the broth (strained) that is produced. Chill, and in place of canned beets add fresh along with the tops.

One 16 ounce container of light sour cream and 16 oz. cold water can substitute for buttermilk or yogurt -- both work very well with the same amounts being used as the light sour cream. Basically use equal amount of yogurt or light sour cream and cold water to equal 1 quart of total liquid.

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; 0.2 g total fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 577 mg sodium. 19.3 g carbohydrates; 8.6 g protein; Full Nutrition


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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2011
very nice recipe! I had both beets and buttermilk in my fridge and wondered what to do with them both. searched for both terms and found this recipe. It was yummy and easy! I used fresh beets. washed and trimmed them up cut them into chunks and boiled/steamed them in water. I blended some of the beets up using a hand blender. Part of the reason why it might have been so tasty was because I used a combination of full-fat buttermilk and full-fat greek yogurt (what I had in the fridge). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2011
very nice recipe! I had both beets and buttermilk in my fridge and wondered what to do with them both. searched for both terms and found this recipe. It was yummy and easy! I used fresh beets. washed and trimmed them up cut them into chunks and boiled/steamed them in water. I blended some of the beets up using a hand blender. Part of the reason why it might have been so tasty was because I used a combination of full-fat buttermilk and full-fat greek yogurt (what I had in the fridge). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2011
very nice recipe! I had both beets and buttermilk in my fridge and wondered what to do with them both. searched for both terms and found this recipe. It was yummy and easy! I used fresh beets. washed and trimmed them up cut them into chunks and boiled/steamed them in water. I blended some of the beets up using a hand blender. Part of the reason why it might have been so tasty was because I used a combination of full-fat buttermilk and full-fat greek yogurt (what I had in the fridge). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/28/2011
Grew up with this hot weather treat. We never waited for it to chill... Just make as described in 5 minutes and then add a tray of ice cubes (kid's love the ice cubes) stir and serve immediately! Don't be shocked that it looks like pepto bismol...lol Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2017
Looks great! The only thing-it's not russian... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2019
It was so easy to put together and the flavor was just perfect!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2017
This is so delicious! My daughter recently had her wisdom teeth out and I offered to fix dinner for her family of six that night. I wanted to make a cold soup since it's been very hot and I chose this because she loves beets. Everyone loved it! Her 1 year old baby went around the table "sharing" from everyone else's bowls. Thanks for the great recipe Read More