This Russian Summer Salad Soup is another delicious recipe from my friend Nataliia. It makes a nice and refreshing dish to serve as we move into the warmer months of the year. This recipe is a cross between a soup and a salad. While it is called Russian Summer Salad Soup this version actually comes from the Ukraine.
What is Kefir?
This recipe is made with a fermented milk drink called Kefir. It is derived from the Caucasus region, between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea and bordered by Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. Kefir continues to spread to other cuisines and has been incorporated into the diets of a broad range of consumers and populations. It is thinner than yogurt but also synbiotic. A synbiotic food is one which contains both probiotics and prebiotics which help to maintain healthy bacteria in the intestines.
Find kefir at your local grocery store
You can generally find kefir in the dairy section of your local grocery store as it has grown in popularity. If you have trouble finding it, please email me, and I will try to help you identify a local source or a suitable substitution.
How to serve a salad soup
Similar to other cold soup dishes such as gazpacho, serve this salad soup chilled in the broth created by the kefir. It also resembles a salad as it contains larger portions of fresh vegetables with the addition of the radishes and cucumbers. Although it is different from a traditional hot soup, the unique freshness of this recipe adds another option for a late spring or early summer meal.
Give it a try and leave a comment about how you like this salad soup combination.