Cold Beet Borscht

This is one of the easiest soups I have ever made!! I was a bit skeptical about it when I looked at the recipe, but it was a recipe of my aunt’s, so I decided to have faith & give it a try! 

Just 5 ingredients all added together & thats it. I just mixed it all up in a big bowl. This makes a lot of soup so I put some into a big jar & gave away the rest. I would say that this makes about 4 pickle jars full!

This would be lovely served at a summer dinner party! You can serve this soup in glasses so that your guests can drink if they are not sitting down to eat yet! Otherwise, serve it in bowls with a dollop of sour cream or plain greek yoghurt, or a plain boiled potato.

Here is the recipe


48 ox can of tomato juice

4 cups buttermilk

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice *** I used fresh which was juice from 1 lemon

2 cans of sliced  beets *** you will be using the juice from the can so do not discard it

sour cream or plain greek yogurt to serve with the soup


cold boiled potatoes, cut in half

optional…dill for garnish


  1. Put the the tomato juice into a large bowl
  2. Add the buttermilk
  3. Add the sugar
  4. Add the lemon juice
  5. You will be using the juice from the canned beets so drain the beets with a strainer but put the juice into the bowl & put the beets onto a cutting board
  6. Slice the beets & add them to the bowl
  7. Mix everything together until the sugar dissolves
  8. And thats it!!!

Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt , you can sprinkle a bit of salt on, you can put some dill on…. or you can eat this with a bit of cold boiled potato, my mom used to put half a boiled potato in her borscht.




Tomato juice is in the bowl & I am adding the buttermilk here
Add the sugar
Now add the lemon juice
Pour the juice from the beets into the bowl…I think using a strainer would be more efficient…
Cut the beets
Add the beets to the liquids
Mix it all up!
Serve with a dollop of sour cream or plain greek yogurt

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Marilyn Dishes

Many people ask me "how did you do that?" "will you show me how?' So I decided to make a blog about what I cook and bake. I am in no way a professional cook, but I love to feed people and try new things as well as making the "old foods" My friends are wonderful cooks, each with their own 'specialty' and i will be having guest cooks here, showcasing their favourite things to cook as well!! I hope you enjoy this blog and maybe decide to make some of these foods yourself! I am always available to answer any questions you might have about anything you see here. Some of my recipes are unique to me but most are not. They are all recipes I have found in a variety of ways, some are old family recipes that date back decades and some are new ones!

10 thoughts on “Cold Beet Borscht

  1. I use this recipe but use a tin of lemonade instead of sugar and lemon juice and it’s delicious. Try it sometime.

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