Russian Okroshka (Cold Soup)

Okroshka is a cold refreshing soup of Russian origin. Originally it was made with kvass (bread drink), but later versions use diluted kefir or sour cream with vinegar. In this recipe I use diluted sour cream with some vinegar, then follow the traditional way by adding bologna, potatoes, eggs, cucumbers, dill and scallions. The soup is filling and perfect for hot summer weather.
Russian Okroshka (Cold Soup)


  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups water (cold)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound bologna (diced, I used Boar's Head Ring Bologna)
  • 2 cucumbers (grated or cut into small thin strips)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon dill (finely chopped)
  • 4 tablespoons scallions (finely chopped)
  • 2 potatoes (medium)
  • 2 eggs
Prep time:
20 minutes
Cook time:
30 minutes
Total time:
50 minutes
Yield: 3 Servings | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 30 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes


1. Place potatoes in a pot, cover them with water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 20 minutes, or until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife. Drain and let cool.
2. In the meantime, place eggs in a pot, fill it with cold water to cover the eggs. Bring the water to a boil. Reduce the heat and boil the eggs for 10 minutes to get hard boiled eggs. Chill them by placing under cold running water or in a bowl of ice water.
3. In a bowl, whisk together cold water and sour cream, add vinegar and salt, mix well. Put in the fridge.
Russian Okroshka (Cold Soup) photo instruction 1
4. Peel and dice the potatoes. Dice the eggs.
Russian Okroshka (Cold Soup) photo instruction 2
5. Add all the rest of the ingredients to the bowl with the Okroshka base. Stir and enjoy!

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I'm addicted to Oroshka

Guest November 10, 2019 10:50 PM
My Russian wife introduced Oroshka to me years ago. I like it best with 100% good quality buttermilk only. No water. I love it with or without radish and prefer all beef bologna or hot dogs but all beef not mandatory. The best are those fresh homemade link hot dogs from the Russian markets.

alenatrs December 13, 2019 9:13 AM
Your comment made me drool... :) These are all things I like too. There are many variations of okroshka, and it always tastes great! - Alena

Guest May 31, 2019 2:56 PM
Also Okroshka traditionally uses radishes

alenatrs June 24, 2019 6:59 PM
Right, I know many families who make okroshka with radishes and many of those who don't. Very often I add them too. I'd say it's just a matter of preference. Thanks for reminding me about this tip! ;)

The perfect summer meal

Guest May 31, 2019 9:58 AM
I use buttermilk instead of sour cream and vinegar.its tasty And healthier

alenatrs June 24, 2019 6:53 PM
This sounds like a good idea! Thanks for sharing your tip! - Alena

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