This soup is a perfect dish for summer. Crunchy, delicious, and served cold. What else can you ask for? Moreover, thanks to the vibrant colors of chopped fresh cucumbers, herbs and scallion together with smoked ham or bologna sausage in a creamy liquid, this soup won`t leave you any chance to resist.

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I like to discover such recipes. The list of ingredients is pretty common and easy to find anywhere. Or if you are lucky to get them fresh from your garden it will be perfect. The skeleton for my spin on this classic recipe is chopped raw cucumbers, boiled potatoes, and eggs, covered with water + sour cream + lemon juice mix.

Adding meat in okroshka is optional. Moreover, you can have it not only with processed meat (ham, sausages), but also any leftover cooked meat that you have in your fridge (baked turkey, beef or veal, even smoked chicken). However, do not skip using sour cream! For me it is not okroshka if you do not garnish it with sour cream.

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Ingredients for Russian Cold Soup:

List of ingredients for Okroshka

  • 1 l water, cold;
  • 500 g sour cream;
  • 3 potatoes, medium-sized;
  • 250 g bologna sausage or smoked ham;
  • 3 cucumbers, fresh;
  • 3 chicken eggs;
  • 20 g scallion;
  • 20 g dill;
  • Freshly squeezed lemon (a quarter of a lemon for 1 serving);
  • Salt and black pepper to your taste.

How to make delicious cold soup with sour cream at home:

  • Boil potatoes whole with skin on. Here is a detailed guide for you to check out how you can cook potatoes for such recipes. Let it cool down before peeling skin and cutting it. When I cut ingredients for such recipes, I like to stick to one shape and size. Here is an easy trick for you: if you let boiled potatoes cool down in the fridge for some time, it will be much easier to cut them into nice pieces.

Cut boiled potatoes into cubes

  • While you have potatoes cooking, you have the time to boil eggs. As a rule, it takes lesser time. To get perfect hard-boiled eggs for okroshka soup every time, see a different post on boiling eggs. When you`ve gotten boiled eggs to room temperature, separate whites from yolks. Cut egg whites into cubes.

Whites dice into cubes

  • Using a fork, crush yolks into small crumbs.

Crush boiled yolks in a bowl

  • Cut cucumbers and sausage into the same-sized cubes.

Cut raw cucumbers

Slice Bologna sausage into cubes

  • Fresh dill and scallion rinse under cold running water. Pat them with paper towels until dry and then chop into small pieces.

Chop green onion and dill into small pieces

  • Combine all the ingredients in a pot. Make sure that you get a spacious one, in such a way it will be easier to mix. Add sour cream and carefully combine all chopped ingredients.

Combine all the chopped ingredients with sour cream in a pot

  • Pour chilled water into the pot; add lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Stir the soup until sour cream fully dissolves. If the soup is not cold enough for you, you can leave it in the fridge for additional time before serving. Enjoy your meal!

Add water and season it with salt pepper and lemon juice

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Cold Summer Soup Okroshka Recipe

I hope that you will appreciate this recipe as much as I did. For me, it is a go-to recipe for hot weather when I have all my family for dinner. The dish has a perfect balance of taste and texture. Sourness from lemon juice, crunchiness from cucumbers, creaminess from sour cream. There are many variations of this recipe where you have different ingredients. In the classic one instead of simple cold water, you use kvass (Slavonic beverage made from rye bread). I have to admit that I have never tried this one and very interested in how it really tastes.

Cold Summer Soup - Russian Okroshka Recipe

Learn how to make this delicious cold soup with cucumbers and sour cream at home.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: cold summer soup recipe, okroshka recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 55kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 l water, cold
  • 500 g sour cream
  • 3 potatoes, medium-sized
  • 250 g bologna sausage or smoked ham
  • 3 cucumbers, fresh
  • 3 chicken eggs
  • 20 g scallion
  • 20 g dill
  • Freshly squeezed lemon (a quarter of a lemon for 1 serving)
  • Salt and black pepper to your taste

Instructions

  • Boil potatoes whole with skin on. Here is a detailed guide for you to check out how you can cook potatoes for such recipes. Let it cool down before peeling skin and cutting it. When I cut ingredients for such recipes, I like to stick to one shape and seize. Here is an easy trick for you: if you let boiled potatoes cool down in the fridge for some time, it will be much easier to cut them into nice pieces.
  • While you have potatoes cooking, you have the time to boil eggs. As a rule, it takes lesser time. To get perfect hard-boiled eggs for okroshka soup every time, see a different post on boiling eggs. When you`ve gotten boiled eggs to room temperature, separate whites from yolks. Cut egg whites into cubes.
  • Using a fork, crush yolks into small crumbs.
  • Cut cucumbers and sausage into the same-sized cubes.
  • Fresh dill and scallion rinse under cold running water. Pat them with paper towels until dry and then chop into small pieces.
  • Combine all the ingredients in a pot. Make sure that you get a spacious one, in such a way it will be easier to mix. Add sour cream and carefully combine all chopped ingredients.
  • Pour chilled water into the pot; add lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir the soup until sour cream fully dissolves. If the soup is not cold enough for you, you can leave it in the fridge for additional time before serving.

Notes

*calories per 100 g

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