Borscht Soup with a Difference Is Delicious

Healthy vegan recipe filled with superfoods.

Borscht soup is the best way to get healthy superfood beets filled with beta-carotene and minerals into our diet. It is quick to cook, easy to vary, and enjoyed by everyone, even children.

This is a traditional soup in Ukraine; many people from that country landed in my home city of Edmonton.
This is my vegan version with just a few adjustments to the ingredient list.

Of course, the most important ingredient in this soup is the beets. There is one ingredient that makes this borscht special; that is fresh dill and lots of it.  I garnish the soup with fresh dill at the end. The taste of sweet beets and dill is so delightful.

beets with some tops

A single serving of beets can boost your energy and lower your blood pressure.  Eating beets long term can help fight cancer, reduce arthritic pain, lose weight and assist in a number of other health areas.

Many people don’t like beets or consider it a special occasion dish but we think this superfood should be on your plate every day.

These vegetables are all from my gardens or given to me from friends’ gardens, except for the dill that came from the farmer’s market.

WHO recognizes that Onions help relieve symptoms such as coughs, congestion asthma, and respiratory infections. Onions are full of protective phytonutrients, vitamins, trace minerals, quercetin (an important flavonoid), chromium, and unique anti-inflammatory nutrients.

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Vegetables for the borscht soup.

Carrots – forget about Vitamin A pills. With this orange crunchy superfood, you get Vitamin A and a host of other powerful health benefits including beautiful skin, cancer prevention, and anti-aging.

Eat cabbage if you want the health benefits of beautiful glowing skin, and an immune system powerful enough to fight off just about anything, don’t forget this highly nutritious but common vegetable.

I love Zucchini; it is one of my favourite vegetables. It is sweet, easy and quick to cook and they are antioxidant-rich and low in calories.

Green beans are full of so many health benefits. They are a tasty healthy option to add to a meal. Many of us grow them in our garden so we can eat them fresh in the summer. The really good news is that this superfood has health benefits from helping lose weight to preventing the spread of HIV to lowering the risk of cancer.

The red of tomatoes is what makes them full of health benefits, even when you are enjoying them as a refreshing juice or tomato sauce. Tomatoes are fat burning, help prevent cancer and are a heart-healthy food. 

To get the most health benefits from Garlic, let it sit for a minimum of 5 minutes, after cutting and before eating or cooking.  Waiting for 5 – 10 minutes allows the health-promoting allicin to form.  If you do not let it sit, allicin is never formed, so it is worth the wait.

Kevala’s sesame oil is made with the finest organic sesame seeds. These are carefully selected and cold-pressed to obtain a premium oil.

Lemons’ health benefits are immense.  To begin they are acidic to the taste but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact, they are one of the most alkaline-forming superfoods; this makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. Also, they are full of many health benefits.

dill
Dill is Full of Healing and Taste Extraordinaire

A sprig of delicious dill adds a unique flavor to your food making it extra tasty. Dill’s name comes from the Norwegian word ‘dilla,’ meaning to soothe. It has been valued for its many health benefits as early as 1500 B.C. In ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts, it was documented as a remedy to soothe flatulence, relieve pain and act as a laxative and a diuretic.

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As I don’t use sugar for my baking I often use stevia which is the healthy option.  The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you.  The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter.  The best stevia will, therefore, be the one that retains some whole food value and is water-based.  Liquid forms will be less processed.  Go here to learn How to Get the Best Stevia Without the Bitterness.

“Everything I do, I do on the principle of Russian borscht.
You can throw everything into it beets, carrots, cabbage, onions, everything you want.
What’s important is the result, the taste of the borscht.”
~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet

 

Borscht Soup

I have included a picture of each step so you can be sure you know how it’s done.

The complete written recipe with ingredients and directions is below.

Cut the beets into bite-size chunks.

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Beets chopped up.
  • In a stockpot over medium heat, heat the oil.
  • Sauté the onion until it is translucent.
  • Add beets and water.
  • Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
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Beets boiling

Add the carrots and cabbage, cook for another 10 minutes.

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Vegetables ready for the soup.

Add zucchini, beans, and garlic, cook for another 10 minutes.

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Zucchini and beans all chopped up.
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Tomatoes, cauliflower, and corn ready.

Add corn and tomatoes, cook for another 10 minutes.

Add lemon juice, stevia, salt and pepper to taste.

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Dill and parsley ready to go into the soup.

Add parsley and dill weed, turn the heat off and cover.

Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.

Serve the Borscht Soup with dollops of vegan coconut yogurt or vegan sour cream if desired.

Borscht Soup ready to enjoy for your meal.

Borscht Soup

Borscht soup is the best way to get healthy superfood beets filled with beta-carotene and minerals into our diet. It is quick to cook, easy to vary, and enjoyed by everyone, even children.
Course Soup
Cuisine gluten-free, Ukrainian, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword beets, borscht, dill, soup
Servings 4
Author Diana Herrington

Ingredients

  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 cups cabbage
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 cup fresh green beans
  • 1 corn on the cobb or 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tomatoes optional
  • 2 - 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp sesame or almond oil
  • 4-6 cups water (Make sure the vegetables are always covered with water)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 bunch fresh dill or dried can also be used
  • handful parsley
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp salt
  • few drops stevia
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 Tbsp dairy-free sour cream

Instructions

  • Cut the beets into bite-size chunks.
  • In a stockpot over medium heat, heat the oil.
  • Chop the onions and sauté the onion until it is translucent.
  • Add the beets and water.
  •  Bring to a boil then lower the heat and simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  • Chop the carrots into rounds, chop the zucchini, cabbage, green beans and garlic.
  • Add the carrots and cabbage to the pot, cook for another 10 minutes.
  • Add the zucchini, green beans and garlic cook for another 10 minutes.
  •  Add the corn and tomatoes, cook for another 10 minutes.
  •  Add the lemon juice, stevia, salt, and black pepper to taste.
  • Add parsley and dill weed, turn heat off and cover.
  • Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
  •  Serve the borscht soup with dollops of sour cream** if desired.

Notes

*Cabbage is traditionally often put in this soup; I often do not put it in as my mother did not. 
**Sour cream is a very traditional finishing touch and it can now be coconut milk-based or soy-based. 
Also, I do not put potatoes in but if you want to make this borscht more filling then use potatoes.
This meal is a highly alkaline meal. Read the 10 benefits of acid/alkaline balance.
It contains many different superfoods including beets, carrots, zucchini, lemons, onionscabbage and dill.

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Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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  • Yes , Borschtsch, is a stable in my kitchen.My motherwas part Polish and used and I still do different ingredients.Borchtsch is also widly used in Russia
    We use- well if you don’t eat meat ,omit it, 1 pound Beef meat,cut up in cubes
    1 Cup white Beans,soaked the Night before.Rinse Beans off add Beef, 4 Tomatoes(not canned ones) about 1 Liter(4cups) of Water,Salt,fresh grind Pepper,2 whole diced up Onions,fresh Garlic if you prefer,bring to a boil,lower Temperature and cook for about an 1 Hour.Meanwhile cut 4 Potatoes,2 Carrots ,2 red Beets .
    Add Vegetable and 1 Cup of fresh Sauerkraut to the Meat and Beans(after 1 Hr) cook for another Hour.Use Pepper,Salt,Nutmeg,a little bit Cinamon,fresh Parsley, to taste.
    Cool off and serve, keeps fresh for up to 2 weeks.Borchtsch taste better after a few days.

  • Randy & Diana thanks again for the inspiration.
    eating the right foods often means having the imagination and know how to change the routine.
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  • such a beautiful recipe.

    i LOVE borscht — unfortunately beets don’t like me. but i do have fond memories of eating borscht at this wonderful russian restaurant we used to go to in berkeley, ca.

    thanks for the memories.

  • Fine – good – but try to respect the recipe! There has never been and can never be squash, zucchini or (horror!) corn in Bortstch! It is a great soup, but please, a little respect!

  • The recipe described above looks like a very good vegetable soup, but it is NOT Borsch! Call it a beetroot soup, veggie delight, etc., but do NOT call it Borsch – a fatty soup based on beef bullion and originally, in Ukrain, was also seasoned with pig’s fat.

    • I hear you Olga, and I know I have taken liberties in my recipe. That said I grew up in a Ukrainian rich area; my neighbors did not put pigs fat in it and beef bullion was optional. A variety of seasonal vegetables were put in it each fall. After I posted this recipe I did a search to see what borscht recipes; I saw there were many different varieties,

  • I agree with Mary. Many vegetables can be added to borscht; my Ukrainian relatives and friends often use green or yellow beans and peas, but I never saw any type of squash or corn. Please remember the BAY LEAF! Bay leaves & dill give borscht its distinctive flavour (besides the beets of course). We also use vinegar rather than lemon juice. And for those who don’t like sour cream, sweet cream stirred in will do.

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  • Thank you for reintroducing me to beets! I tried this recipe because I love vegetables, EXCEPT for beets. But I found both my energy level and disposition improved each time I ate a bowl! This soup, and beets in general, have now become a regular part of my diet.

  • You could also leave the sour cream away and use self made yoghurt which in this case seems a lot of Turkish youghurt. Lei

  • This is a very good soup, but it has nothing to do with Russian borsh… Only one ingredient is beets is correct, but it is never cut this way. So with all due respect this soup is absolutely can’t be called borsh it just a beet soup….

  • I purchase beet juice in bottles from Health food stores. Is any of the nutrition lost in the process of making and storing the juice in bottles?