Chilled Beet and Yogurt Soup

I know, I know.

I was posting hot soup recipes in July and August and now that it’s October I’m coming at you with a cold one.  I’m untraditional like that.  Let’s roll with it.

This is a beet lover’s beet soup.  And while I’m exactly not a beet lover anymore, I still speak the language.  And as beet preparations for non-beet-lovers go, this one has a lot to recommend it.  The beet’s sweet earthiness is tamed a bit here by the tang of yogurt and lemon.  And there are only five ingredients.  And oh, the color.  I ate a bowlful for lunch and another for dinner.  I can imagine serving it in shot glasses at a party.  A smart friend suggested piping a swirl atop a vichyssoise.  If all else fails, find a beet lover to share it with.

Chilled Beet and Yogurt Soup (adapted from Saveur): Roast or boil a pound of beets until tender and slip off the skins.  Combine in a blender with 1 1/2 c. plain yogurt, 1/4 c. chopped fresh dill, 1/4 c. lemon juice, and 1/2 tsp. salt.  Puree until smooth.  Serve with another good dollop of plain yogurt for swirling in.

15 thoughts on “Chilled Beet and Yogurt Soup

  1. Little Sis

    Just beautiful. I can always get my picky one to try beet foods because they’re pink… She rarely likes them, but at least she’ll try. Yay to pink food!

  2. An Unrefined Vegan

    I just composted some beets (if it helps, I felt guilty about it)…they sat in the fridge for weeks and I kept meaning to use them…I love their color but can’t seem to come to love their taste. Having said all of that – your soup looks gorgeous!

  3. Allison

    Lovely! Cold soups are good all year round.

    (Also, I think you should know that there is a Korean saying/advice for staying healthy– possibly based on a Chinese proverb?!– that basically means “eat hot foods when it’s hot out, and eat cold foods when it’s cold out.”)

  4. shuhan

    rmb doing cold beet soup a while back on my blog before, but yes in summer not in the cold windy fall season haha you are a weird one eh? ;) looks yummy esp with that gorgeous red!


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