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Chlodnik, Poland's cool, creamy beer soup for summer!

Chlodnik (Cold Polish Beet Soup)

  • Author: Polish Housewife
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 7-8 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Cuisine: Polish


A colorful, healthy, cold soup for summer


  • 4 or 5 young, tender beets, with tops if possible
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and grated
  • 6 radishes, grated
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 green onions (white and green parts), chopped
  • 4 cups plain yogurt
  • 4 cups kefir or buttermilk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, quartered


  1. Prepare the beets by removing and dicing the stems up to the leaves
  2. Add the chopped stems to a large soup pot
  3. Peel and grate the remaining beet roots, add to the pan
  4. Add enough water just to cover the beets, add salt
  5. Simmer until tender, about 15 minutes
  6. Cool the beet mixture
  7. Add the cucumbers, radishes, dill, green onions, yogurt, kefir, and sour cream.
  8. Season with salt and pepper
  9. Chill and serve garnished with hard boiled egg


Now that I know the proper way to make this, I usually substitute two jars of grated beets for the whole beets, and simply combine all of the ingredients and chill – 10 minutes max prep time.