Cold Summer Soup – Russian “Okroshka”

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Cold Summer Soup also known as Russian Okroshka, is creamy, crunchy and delicious, and perfect refreshed and recharged soup for the summer.

Making a comfort soup at home can be very enjoyable and rewarding. We have a big list of soup recipes on our blog for you to look at. Among our popular soups are Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Soup, Slow Cooker Corn Chowder with Bacon and Creamy Tortellini Soup.

Cold Summer Soup Russian Okroshka

Cold Summer Soup – Russian Okroshka

This is a recipe for Russian cold summer soup, or otherwise called “okroshka”. Its a soup that I always ask my mom to make for me, and her version always turns out better. Probably love is the extra ingredient that she uses. This is the soup that associates with summer, with all the trips I took to my grandparents,. Also, all the sunny, beautiful days I spent running around, coming home exhausted and eating a bowl of the most refreshing soup ever.

This cold summer soup is the type of comfort food you want to reach for during hot summer days. It’s cold and tart taste will refresh you right away. In addition, the crunchy flavorful summer veggies add so much texture and flavor, that its impossible not to ask for seconds. I usually add some meat to this soup, for extra protein. However, many times I make a vegetarian version by skipping the meat. Don’t worry, it’s equally delicious, so go ahead and give it a try the way you prefer.

Cold Summer Soup Russian Okroshka

This soup is very filling, from all that load of veggies, creamy from the eggs and sour cream. It definitely has a unique taste, but if you like tart and refreshing soups you must try this. I will go ahead and say that this summer cold soup is so much better than gazpacho. Gazpacho can be a little bland, but this soup is piled up with fresh, beautiful summer veggies that just give it so much flavor. And it requires minimal stove time!

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Russian Okroshka
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes Total time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 cups  cold water  (boiled and cooled to room tempreture)
  • 1/3 cup  sour cream 
  • 3½ Tbsp  vinegar   (divided)
  • 2½ tsp  salt 
  • 1/2 cup  green onion  (finely chopped)
  • 1 lb.  organic ham  (diced)
  • 4  medium potatoes  (peeled and diced into cubes)
  • 4  hard-boiled eggs  (diced)
  • 4  medium cucumbers  (diced)
  • 6  large radishes  (diced)
  • 1/2 cup  dill  (throughly washed and chopped)

Instructions

  1. Place diced potatoes into a medium pot and cover with water. Add 1 Tbsp vinegar and bring to a boil, continue boiling for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just cooked.
  2. Drain potatoes and carefully rinse with cold water to cool down.
  3. In the meantime, boil the eggs and cool them in ice cold water.
  4. On a cutting board dice the 2 whole eggs and 2 egg whites (set 2 yolks aside), cucumbers, radishes and ham. Chop the dill and green onions and place everything in a large pot.
  5. In a separate large bowl, whisk together sour cream and remaining 2 egg yolks until combined, add the 8 cups of boiled cooled water, remaining 2½ Tbsp of vinegar and 2½ tsp of salt, whisk gently until combined. Pour the mixture into the pot over the rest of the ingredients. Gently stir to combine.
  6. Let the veggies soak all the flavors for 2-3 hours before serving.
  7. The soup must be kept if the refrigerator and served cold.
  8. This is the type of soup that gets better and better the second day!
Calories: 274 Carbohydrates: 18 Protein: 19 Fat: 13 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 131 Sodium: 1467 Potassium: 903 Fiber: 3 Sugar: 2 Vitamin A: 560 Vitamin C: 21 Calcium: 101 Iron: 4.9
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Sues

Wow, what a unique soup! I love gazpacho, so I'm definitely interested in an even better soup!

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Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

This soup looks absolutely amazing! I've never tried a cold soup before, so I definitely need to change that. I love the flavors in here. Sounds perfect for a hot summer day!

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Sam @ SugarSpunRun

I'm so sorry to hear about the difficult time you are going through. My thoughts are with you and your family right now. This soup looks lovely, I'd never heard of it before.

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Such a beautiful soup! I love cold soups...they're so fancy and refreshing! Nice job!

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Eva @ Eva Bakes

Your grandfather must be proud of having such a wonderful and loving granddaughter like you. I lost my grandfather (also to cancer) last year and it was hard. He was also halfway around the world, so I know what you are going through. I love that you made some Russian comfort food for us. It looks so refreshing and amazing.

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Thank you Eva, your words are so comforting, knowing that someone went thru this and was able to cope with such a tremendous amount of pain, gives me home. Thanks again for your kindness.

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Carly

Wow! That looks so yummy and perfect for hot day Dresses & Denim

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Thanks Carly!

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Tandy | Lavender and Lime

What a delicious soup! Holding positive thoughts for you :)

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Thank you Tandy! Any positive, good thought is much appreciated.

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This looks so good! My sisters are from Ukraine so I bet this would taste very familiar to them!

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Hi Tori, yes this will taste familiar to them. I am from Moldova, right by Ukraine so we love this soup in that region.

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Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron

I have a few cold or chilled soups and LOVED them! Cucumber was one of my favorite! I definitely need to give this one a try :)

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Hey Chelsea, yes cucumber cold soup is amazing and refreshing. This one is creamier from the dash of sour cream, but very good as well.

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Kennedy [email protected] KCole's Creative Corner

I'm so sorry to hear about this. Your family is definitely in my prayers and thoughts. But on the brighter side of things, this dish looks so DELISH! I love cold soups during the summer! They're so refreshing, and this looks like the perfect way to use up some of cucumbers from my garden! Thanks for sharing. Best Wishes, Kennedy Cole from KCole's Creative Corner

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Thank you so much for your kind words, they definitely made me feel better. And yo are right, this soup would be a very good way to use this homegrown cucumbers!

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Denise

Im in the progress right now of maling the soup and i was wondering. In the ingredient list it says 4 eggs and in the description on how to make it it says cut the 2 whole eggs. Did yoy mean cut 4 eggs or cut two out of the four? It already smells amazing and cant wait to eag it!

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Hi Denise, I am so sorry, I just found this comment in my spam folder, how did the soup turn out? So what you have to do with the eggs: you have 4 hard boiled eggs, 2 of the you slice, the other two you just slice the egg whites, but use the egg yolks to create the soup base by mixing them with water, sour cream etc until a creamy mixture with no lumps is formed. The sliced eggs are added with the rest of the ingredients to the soup mixture.

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Alyssa

Just made a batch and it turned out great. Im wondering how long it can keep in the fridge though. Thanks!

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About 4 days :) happy that you loved it :)

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