Solyanka Soup Recipe

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
Cuisine American
Keyword solyanka soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 287kcal
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 unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp all-purpose 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 ground black pepper
  • lemon
  • sour cream


  • Cut celery into four parts.
  • In a large pot, bring water, chicken broth and celery to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, julienne the pickles into thin, short strands or cubes. Slice olives into thin rings. Cube carrots. Finely dice tomatoes. Cube ham.
  • Chop the onion and add to a skillet with the 2 Tbsp butter.
  • Cook on medium heat until onions are completely sautéed and soft (4-6 minutes).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add the sautéed ingredients to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and 10 minutes.
  • Add the chopped herbs. 
  • When serving, add fresh lemon juice with a dollop of sour cream to bowl with fresh herbs if desired. 
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 3010mg | Potassium: 497mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2295IU | Vitamin C: 16.6mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1.5mg