Russian Cold Soup “Okroshka”

russian cold soup okroshka

This recipe may sound ridiculous to the rest of the world but it is a typical Russian dish and I love it so much! If you have never heard of it, feel comfortable to read some info on Wikipedia.

I find making Okroshka the best way to start spring/summer season. It always reminds me of summer and childhood. I do not promise you will like how it tastes if you have never tried Kvass. I also believe it is not of a big deal to find Kvass in your country as almost in every country there is a Russian supermarket or a little shop. And in every Russian supermarket Kvass is a must-have beverage offered for sale.

I like Okroshka for the fact that I can always vary the ingredients depending on what I have in my fridge. You can always make a vegetarian version of it excluding eggs, meat and yoghurt! It will still taste good!

So, without any other words let’s get down to the recipe!

russian cold soup okroshka

russian cold soup okroshka

russian cold soup okroshka

russian cold soup okroshka

russian cold soup okroshka

Russian Cold Soup “Okroshka”

Prep time10 minutes
Cook time30 minutes
Total time40 minutes


  • 3 Large boiled or baked potatoes
  • 1 thinly sliced cucumber
  • bunch thinly sliced radish
  • a lot of greenery (dill, parsley, spring onions: everything finely chopped)
  • Kvass


  • 2 boiled eggs (thinly sliced)
  • boiled slice of beef or veal (cut into pieces)

Homemade Mayo

  • 2 yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 300ml vegetable oil


Okroshka base
1.Very quick and easy: slice and chop all the ingredients and mix them together. You'll get a nice salad!
2.Put some salad into a bowl and pour some Kvass over till it covers the vegetables. Add homemade mayo! You are good to go!
Homemade Mayo
3.Mix yolks, mustard, lemon juice and whisk with the hand mixer, then start adding vegetable oil. Whisk the mixture till it gets thick. You can also add some garlic, herbs or anchovies to your taste.


You can also use another simple dressing instead of homemade mayo. Just add 1 Tbsp plain yoghurt, a little bit of dijon mustard and a pinch of salt to your taste. If you like horseradish, go ahead and add some instead of dijon mustard. There are a lot of other combinations!


What is your favorite meal for the spring/summer season? Feel free to comment below! I would be happy to read all your comments and suggestions!




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