Solyanka Soup

Unique Russian Solyanka (Солянка) Soup Recipe. A hearty sour solyanka soup with ham, pickles, and olives, served with fresh dill and sour cream.

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Recipe for Solyanka


The name Solyanka derives from “salt” and originates from Ukraine back to the 17th century. Since then, it’s become a favorite in the Russian and Ukrainian kitchens. Solyanka (Солянка) Recipe is a classic Russian/Ukrainian Soup. A sour soup with meat and pickles served with sour cream and fresh dill. This soup is often enjoyed with fresh Russian bread.


A meat of choice. Ham, sausages, chicken or beef are different meats most often used in Solyanka soup recipes.

Tomatoes, olives, pickles are most used added ingredients. However, you’ll also see potatoes or cabbage added for a more hearty soup.

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You want to cube or grate the vegetables to be similar in sizes so they cook evenly.

Tomato paste may be used instead of the fresh tomatoes/ketchup.

This soup is so simple to make. Bring broth and water to a boil. Saute vegetables. Add pickles, ham and olives and sauteed mixture to the soup. Simmer and done!

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Solyanka Soup Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Unique Russian Solyanka (Солянка) Soup Recipe. A hearty salty and sour soup with ham, pickles and olives, served with fresh dill and sour cream.
Course: Soup
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 287 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 carrot, cubbed or shredded
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 3 pickles, julienned or cubed
  • 1 cup olives, sliced thin
  • 16 oz ham, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup cubed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup pickling brine
  • 2 tsp sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped dill
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • lemon
  • sour cream
  1. Cut celery into four parts.

  2. In a large pot, bring water, chicken broth and celery to a boil.

  3. Meanwhile, julienne the pickles into thin, short strands or cubes. Slice olives into thin rings. Cube carrots. Finely dice tomatoes. Cube ham.

  4. Chop the onion and add to a skillet with the 2 Tbsp butter.

  5. Cook on medium heat until onions are completely sautéed and soft (4-6 minutes).

  6. Once onions are sautéed, add the cubed carrots. Sauté until carrots are fully cooked, stirring as needed. Add the flour, mix quickly. Add the diced tomato, pickling brine, sour cream and mix. Set aside. Turn off heat.
  7. Once the water/broth and celery come to a boil, remove and discard celery. Add the pickles and let boil five minutes. Add ham and olives.

  8. Add the sautéed ingredients to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and 10 minutes.

  9. Add the chopped herbs. 

  10. When serving, add fresh lemon juice with a dollop of sour cream to bowl with fresh herbs if desired. 

  11. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Solyanka Soup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 3010mg 125%
Potassium 497mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 45.9%
Vitamin C 20.1%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 8.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  • nadia 03/20/2014, 9:42 pm

    MMMM looks good.I heard a lot about this soup,but never cooked it. Just need a trip to the store for ham.

    • admin 03/25/2014, 9:42 pm

      There are so many ways to doing it. Some add barley to it, some do potatoes. This is a soup I like simple, just the way it is-very light.