Holodnik - Russian Cold Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
A must try Russian Cold Holodnik Soup recipe on a hot summer day. Wild looking, but gorgeous! Holodnik is a a little like cold borscht, but tangier.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $8
Servings: 10


  • 3 large cooked red beets or 5 small cooked beets
  • 2 quarts boiled cooled water
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 1 medium onion or 3 green onions
  • 4 cucumbers
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt or add to taste*
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 4-6 boiled eggs optional

Large Cooking pot


  1. Boil beets, drain, and let them cool.
  2. Boil 2 quarts of water and let it cool. Mix cooled water with 1 quart of buttermilk in a large pot.
  3. Shred beets and add them to the pot with water/buttermilk mixture.
  4. Add salt and sugar. *I recommend starting with 1 Tbsp salt and adding more to taste, you may like it sweeter or saltier. 

  5. Next add sliced green onions, dill and diced cucumbers.
  6. Place completed soup in the fridge to let it cool completely.
  7. Enjoy it with half of a boiled egg. You can also serve it with a dollop of sour cream.