A tangy, hearty, and richly aromatic vegetable soup recipe that can be served hot or cold, borscht is a popular soup in Eastern and Central Europe especially in Russia, Ukraine, and Poland. The main ingredient used to make this dish is beetroot, which gives the soup its characteristic deep reddish color. In some healthy recipes and regions, tomato is used as the main ingredient while beetroot is the secondary ingredient. Other varieties also exist including green borscht, made with sorrel, and tomato paste orange borscht. Beef or pork broth is commonly used as a base for the soup but in this vegan recipe, red wine is used for flavoring the broth.
In this recipe, yellow beets, red beets, potatoes, celeriac, fennel, garlic, onion, red wine, tamari sauce, celery seed, allspice, balsamic vinegar, beet greens, fresh dill, capers, vegan sour cream and other garnishes are used to make the vegan borscht easy appetizers. This makes an excellent soup for the late autumn and early winter.
The ingredients are basically sautéed then simmered until the beets are tender. The soup can be garnished with fresh dill, capers, and sour cream and other sorts of garnish such as lemon juice, parsley, and chopped hard-boiled eggs. Leftovers can easily be stored and placed in the freezer for later serving. Borsch can be enjoyed as a cold soup during hot days and as a hot soup during winter.
Ingredients: 1 onion, diced, 2 cloves garlic, minced, 2 tbsp cooking oil, 3 large yellow beets, diced, 3 large red beets, diced, 2 large potatoes, roughly chopped, 1 C celeriac (celery root), roughly chopped, 1/2 C fennel bulb, roughly chopped, 10 C water, 2 C red wine, 1 tbsp tamari sauce, 2 tsp each: celery seed, allspice, 1/4 C balsamic vinegar, 1 bunch beet greens, washed and chopped into ribbons, 1 bunch fresh dill OR 2-4 tbsp dried dill, Fresh dill, capers, vegan sour cream, or other garnishes
In a very large soup pot, sauté onions and garlic in cooking oil. Add beets, potatoes, celeriac, fennel, water, wine, tamari, celery seed and allspice to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer, covered, for half an hour, or until beets are easily pierced with a fork. Add vinegar, beet greens, and dill and simmer for a further five minutes, until greens are bright in the pot. Serve as is, or garnish with fresh dill, capers, and/or vegan sour cream, and enjoy.
Other ingredients that can be added to make the vegan borscht are peppers, carrots, and cabbage. If serving the soup cold, you can garnish the dish with yogurt, kefir, soured milk, and raw chopped vegetables like cucumbers and radishes. Vegan borscht can be served as a light and nutritious meal on its own and also makes a sumptuous appetizer served with rye bread. Borscht is best paired with a rich red wine like Pinot Noir.