Cherry Beet Borscht Recipe

This chilled midsummer cherry beet borscht is full of flavor and rich in color, and it blends the taste of Bing cherries with the beets seamlessly. You can cook the beets 3 days in advance, and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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Refreshing cherry beet soup

Preparation and cooking time: 1 hour 10 min

beet borscht recipe
    What you’ll need:

  • 4 large beets, scrubbed
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice or raspberry vinegar
  • 1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • ¼ cup nonfat or reduced fat sour cream

What to do:

  1. Cook the beets in water in a large saucepan until they are tender enough to pierce with a knife, about 40 minutes. Drain the beets reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Set the beets aside to cool.
  2. Put the cherries in a medium saucepan along with the reserved beet liquid. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and simmer until the cherries are very soft, about 10 minutes more.
  3. Peel and quarter the beets. Place them in a food processor along with the cherries and cooking liquid. Puree the mixture and transfer to a large bowl. Refrigerate the soup until thoroughly chilled, at least 3 hours. In a separate mixing bowl blend the yogurt and sour cream, and stir them into the beet and cherry puree before serving.

6 to 8 servings

Borscht will hold in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It is a good source of fiber, vitamins and calcium. Use nonfat sour cream and yogurt in this beet borscht recipe for a low calorie meal.

Adopted from The Essential Vegetarian Cookbook by Diana Shaw.

More beet recipes? Try these recommendations:

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