Chłodnik – Cold Soup

This Chłodnik – cold soup – my Grandma was making us quite often, we loved to eat it accompanied by boiled potatoes sprinkled with sauteed onions and/or fried bacon. I remember that we used to have only one shared plate of potatoes (with onions, bacon and dill) for the whole family and we would scooped some potatoes and fill the spoon up with chłodnik from our own bowl.

Chłodnik – cold soup is easy and really quick to do. It’s enough to cut the vegetables and combine them with sour milk or other favorite milk drink, such as buttermilk or kefir. We’ve usually used sour milk- zsiadłe mleko, as it was the most easily available at that time. Our neighbor had a cow and we used to get fresh milk from her. My Grandma would left some milk on the counter covered with a cloth and after 2 days sour milk have been ready. Now it is hard to make a decent sour milk out of the carton milk or it may be even impossible.


  • 4 cups of sour milk – zsiadłe mleko or kefir or buttermilk or a mixture of them
  • medium cucumber
  • bunch of chives/ spring onions
  • bunch of dill
  • parsley
  • 5-7 radishes
  • 2-3 fermented cucumbers – I used shortly fermented cucumbersmałosolne
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbs lemon juice or 1 tbs white vinegar

Transfer sour milk/ kefir/ buttermilk into a bigger jar or other container.

Clean vegetables. Chop the dill, parsley and chives. Add to sour milk. Adjust amounts of them to your likes.

Chop fresh and fermented cucumbers, chop radishes.

Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with lemon juice (or white vinegar, whichever you prefer).

Stir chłodnik and cool in the fridge. Of course you don’t need to wait, feel free to serve it straight away:)

Try also Lithuanian Cold Borscht, it is Chłodnik with beets, served with hard boiled egg. It’s more rich and at the same time more time consuming, yet so worth it:)

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14 thoughts on “Chłodnik – Cold Soup”

  1. Wish I could read the Polish better. Reminds me of my grandmother. I’ll have to try this. It sounds like what my mother used to make in the summer. Thank you!

    1. Thank you for your comment <3
      I invite you to try more of my recipes.
      There is a section of my Grandma Emilka's recipes and this Chłodnik is also a recipe of my Grandma <3

  2. I will definitely make this it’s right up my alley! Do you have a recipe for the potatoes to serve with it?

    1. My Mum just boils potatoes and mash them, then sprinkle with sauteed onions and fried chopped bacon:) This is it:) So yummy:)

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