Our favorite summer cold soup!

Today while wandering Walmart, gathering items needed for tonight’s dinner, I stumbled upon this:

It’s silly that something so simple brings me so much excitement. I’ve never wanted to hug and kiss a bottle of sunflower oil before, but I seriously wanted to. In Ukraine, sunflower fields are endless. Consequently, sunflower oil is their main cooking oil, pretty much like vegetable/canola oil is here. Seeing this in the store today took me back all the times I would go grocery shopping there. Of course I’ve seen sunflower oil here before, but I never noticed the “Product of Ukraine” label. And I bought it, despite having no use for oil in dinner tonight. I’m sure I can think of a cake that might need it for dessert though.

Anyway, in honor of my nostalgic feelings, dinner tonight is one of our all time favorites. Denys will eat bowls and bowls until he has the worst stomach ache in the best way. It’s called Okroshka and we eat it all summer long. Most people call this type of a dish “cold soup”. There are many different ways to prepare it, but this way is how we love it.


Okroshka

Ingredients:
  • 1 large potato – boiled, peeled, and chopped into small cubes
  • 4-5 hard boiled eggs – also chopped into small pieces
  • 1 bunch of radishes – Chop some up, throw them in.
  • 1 large cucumber – cut into small pieces
  • 1-2 cups ham – small cubes
  • Lots of fresh dill and green onions
    parsley is optional
  • 1 part Kefir to 1/2-1 part water
  • salt to taste

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Directions:
Once the above ingredients are prepared how they should be, boiled/chopped/whatever, toss it all together in a big bowl like a salad. We like the pieces cubed small simply because it allows you to get more flavor in each bite. From here, you can mix the liquid in with all of salad mixture OR make smaller portions, like we do. Much like you would do with cold cereal, scoop some salad in a bowl and then pour 1 part Kefir to 1/2-1 part water on top. If it’s too watery add more Kefir or vice versa.
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My husband usually does this for me because somehow he has the magic Ukrainian touch to making the flavor just right. Any leftover mixture we just keep it in the fridge until we want to make another bowl…or two…or three. Okay, so usually there isn’t much leftover to actually go in the fridge.
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Do you have a favorite summer food? What do I need to try? Would you try Okroshka or have you?? Let me know what you think if you make it!
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2 thoughts on “Our favorite summer cold soup!

  1. just got back from walmart and want to go back and find that oil too, ha
    I love okroshka, only with bylyon ,, not sure how you spell it. i love it with chicken but miss how it tastes with russian Kolbasa

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