Chilled beetroot soup with dill pesto

My mother makes the most wonderful borscht. I love the marriage between sweet beetroot and sour vinegar. The smetana topping echos the acidity and caters for a pleasantly contrasting softness. This chilled summer version is my take on the Ukrainian classic.

For the soup, boil 500 g washed beetroots until tender. Peel them and blend with 50 ml white aceto balsamico and 50 ml orange juice. Taste with fleur de sel and black pepper and thin out with enough water to achieve a soupy consistency. Leave the soup to chill in the fridge.

For the pesto, blend equal parts of dill, Parmesan cheese and roasted almonds covered with olive oil and tasted with fleur de sel, black pepper and white aceto balsamico.

Serve the chilled soup with pesto, crème fraîche and edible flowers (carnation and geranium blossom).

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Sparkyjen says:

    I have tried to make this soup. Imagining (now) your extra ingredients thrown in would definitely make it better, as all but a cup of mine headed straight down the garbage disposal. Thankfully, there is a deli in my area that makes it so well. Therefore, I’ve decided not to subject myself to the un-palatable surprise of making it again myself. 🙂

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  2. Mums! says:

    I’m so sorry to read that, dear Jen. I wonder what extra ingredient of mine you’ve omitted…

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  3. Sparkyjen says:

    I think the vinegar would have made a nice contrasting difference. The 🍊 juice might have added a nice 👍🏾 palate twister, and the pesto made of dill, and one of my favorite cheeses would have been the yum yum 😋.

    I love beets, so eat them lots, mainly cold with boiled eggs and blue cheese dressing. Now of course, I may try my hand at modeling your recipe , OR you could grace me by making more, 🥶 and shipping it to me!😜

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  4. Mums! says:

    Oh, I see! You’re combo is very delicious, too. If you’re ever in Switzerland, I’d be more than happy to invite you for dinner. Until then, my posts will have to do, I’m afraid…

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  5. Sparkyjen says:

    😉 No worries. I threw in the part about 🚢 hoping to give you a little giggle. I’m thrilled to occasionally have a back and forth with you. Your being from Switzerland 🇨🇭 is a bonus!🤩

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  6. Mums! says:

    You’re such a lovely person, dear Jen! I appreciate the interaction with you quite a bit! Have a wonderful day, honey ☀️🌸🥰🙏🏻😘

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  7. Sparkyjen says:

    Oh so sweet. 🙏🤗

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  8. Henrietta Dombrovskaya says:

    It’s funny how different this one is from my version, though coming from the same origin!

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  9. Mums! says:

    Thank you for popping by 🙏🏻 I’d love to hear more about your version!


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