Chilled Summer Borscht

Photo: Tina Rupp


Serves: 4 (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Recipe Time

Prep: 12 Minutes
Cook: 1 Hours
Chill: 2 Hours

Nutritional Information

Calories 199
Fat 10 g
Satfat 3 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 9 g
Carbohydrate 19 g
Fiber 4 g
Cholesterol 8 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 627 mg
Calcium 111 mg


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 pound beets (3 to 4 medium)
4 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup plain yogurt (not nonfat)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
Sprigs of fresh dill for garnish, optional


1. Warm oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Trim and peel beets. Cut each into eighths. Stir beets into pot and pour in broth. Raise heat to medium-high, add 1/4 tsp. salt, cover and bring to a simmer. Remove cover, reduce heat to medium to maintain a simmer and cook until beets are tender and amount of liquid has reduced, about 45 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.

2. Working in batches, puree soup in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours.

3. Whisk in yogurt. Stir in vinegar and season well with salt and pepper. Serve in chilled bowls, garnished with sprigs of fresh dill, if desired.

Charles Pierce,


July 2013
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