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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


  • 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


  • 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.


*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.