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Solyanka (also spelled soljanka), which comes from the word for "salt," possibly originated in Ukraine in the 17th century and became beloved by Russians. This is a hearty, thick soup with salty cured meats, sausages, olives, pickles, sometimes carrots, and dill and sour cream for garnish. Meat Solyanka is a well known Russian and Ukrainian soup with sour and smoked meaty flavour. 

There are meat, fish and vegetable (mushroom) Solyanka but today we are cooking the meat one. Russian salted cucumbers are always used in Solyanka and they give the soup that distinctive salty and sour taste. 

Sometimes some pickle brine is also added. In meat Solyanka you are supposed to use several types of meats (at least 3 different types), most of the meats should be smoked. For meats in Solyanka soup all kinds of smocked supplies are used: ham, sausages, frankfurters, chicken, bacon.


300 gr of beef ( choose fattier part, so the meat is softer)
200 gr ( bologna sausage smoked)
200 gr ( any smoked meat you like)
4-6 smoked sausages of your choice
2 potatoes ( optional)
3 salted gherkins
1 onion
1 carrot
3 tbsp of tomato paste
black olives
salt & pepper
greens such as parsley, dill, coriander
1 cup of salted gherkin juice
1 bay leaf


Step 1 : Place your beef into a pot with water , add onion, bayleaf and peppercorn and cook for few hours until meat becomes soft and tender, about 2-3 hours. If you can find meat on the bone, that would be even better. Keep the liquid. 
Step 2 : Cut all your meat and gherkins into stripes. 
Step 3 : Add all your meat into the frying pan and cook for 5 min until it browns a little. 
Step 4 : Cut your onion and grate your carrot. Fry onion first for 5 min, then add carrots and tomato puree. Cook it for 5-7 min. Then add your gherkins. 
Step 5 : Get a large pot, place your beef stock in there, add more water. Then start adding all the ingredients. Add your onions, carrots with gherkins. Then add your meats, potatoes and fresh parsley and dill. Lastly add gherkin juice and leave it cooking for 20-30 min on low heat.
Step 6 : Before serving, add some black olives and serve with slice of lemon and sour cream.






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Alla xox

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Yum. I'm guessing Ukrainian/Russian food uses similar flavours to Polish food as this reminds me of some great flavours we could get in our local restaurant Little Poland. Miss that place since it closed so I'm looking forward to trying this today @allasyummyfood. That solves "What's for dinner".

Weird to see lemon in solyanka, but hey - if it works, it works :)


hahah why?


My babushka would probably view it as blasphemy :)

Looks so yummy and good for cold Winter weather too. 😃

This soup is something I absolutely want to learn to make! Thank you for share the recipe!!!

Yummy Soup..

That does sound like a good hangover soup. Sounds like it has lots of flavor with the smoked meats. Also lots of salt. I think I would like it with the pickles. Different and interesting. Have a wonderful day. Tess ;)


hahah yeah so much flavour :))) yummy!!

It looks great and looks great with words in Russian. Taste of the Motherland!


hahahah ;D yes

Making Twirble's tummy hungry...YUM!

I might have to try making this without the olives (I eat olive oil, but olives themselves taste horrible to me).

Do you think that will work Alla?


hahah yeah you can for sure;)


Sweet! :-)

Perfect hangover food? Great...can you make this for me every Sunday? LOL Sundays are usually my recovery day. Looks good...I don't think I've ever eaten any Russian food.

Mmm. One of my fav dishes.

Wow looks good..upvoted and followed

You know, I'm Russian and I'm sad to say that I never tried this soup 😅 Do you think it's ok to cook it a day before planned hangover? 😁
btw, I plan to make a post about another famous Russian\Ukrainian soup called borscht, have you tried it? 😉

oh wow ive never tried that before it looks great!


thanks so much :) its yummy!!

Yup, looks amazing. This is really something that I ought to try. Thanks a lot for uploading it here, cheers.

This looks absolutely amazing, I'm a huge fan of Borscht and Shchi, and had not heard of this soup until this post. Very excited to make it now.

Thanks for posting and sharing @allasyummyfood