Okroshka: Cold Kefir Soup from Russia


Okroshka is often made with rye kvass, a grain-based fermented beverage popular in Russia. This version, however, uses milk kefir which is less common, but still traditional.

Okroshka is like a cold vegetable soup. You will recognize many of the ingredients from the American potato salad. With potatoes, scallions, radish, and a creamy dressing it might even pass as “potato salad soup”!

Serve this cold soup on a hot day for a light and cooling meal that is full of nourishment.


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped scallions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped dill
  • 1 small bunch radishes, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and cut into small dice
  • 4 hard-boiled large eggs, cut into small dice
  • 2 midsize boiled waxy potatoes (red or golden), cut into small dice
  • 3 cups plain kefir
  • 1 to 2 cups water, to dilute kefir to preferred consistency
  • Salt and pepper to taste



Combine chopped scallions, dill, radishes, cucumber, eggs, and potatoes in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl combine kefir and water until desired consistency, remembering that the end result is a soup, not a salad.

Pour kefir-water mixture over vegetables and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Okroshka (Cold Kefir Soup from Russia)

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