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Food 52’s Healthiest: Refreshing Summer Beet Soup

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Every Tuesday, we scan Food 52′s delectable menu of recipes for the healthiest picks they’ve got—bringing you seasonal, scrumptious fare that’s really good for you.

This summer dish is refreshingly simple and is stocked with nutrients, since beets are super high in potassium, magnesium, and fiberas well as Vitamins A, B, and C.

Refreshing Summer Beet SoupFood52
Serves 8


8 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
3 medium beets, or 5-6 bunch ones, peeled and grated or julienned
2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
juice of 2 small lemons


4 hardboiled eggs, peeled and diced
1 large English cucumber, peeled and diced
4 tablespoons (generous) fresh chopped herbs, such as cilantro, dill or parsley
sour cream

1. Bring water to a boil with salt in a soup pot.

2. Add grated or julienned beets. Bring to a boil. Cook for 5 minutes if grated, and 7-8 minutes if julienned.

3. Turn the stove off. Add sugar and lemon juice.

4. Let the soup cool. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if needed. The soup should be lightly tart and very lightly sweet. Beets are naturally sweet, but once in a while you get the odd ones and may feel that more sugar is needed. You should wait for the soup to cool before adjusting seasoning because flavors become brighter and more prominent as it cools.

5. Serve soup with garnish and sour cream added straight into the serving bowls.

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