Rachel Allen’s Raw Beetroot Soup with Dill and Honey Yoghurt –


A gorgeous, healthy and flavoursome soup. Serves four as a starter.


  • 200 g (7oz) natural yoghurt
  • 160 g (5½oz) peeled, cored and chopped apple
  • 160 g (5½oz) peeled raw beetroot, chopped (young tender beetroot is best)
  • 0.5 clove of garlic
  • 1 tsp toasted and ground cumin seeds
  • good pinch of salt
  • good twist of black pepper
  • 1 tblsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp honey
  • walnut oil or extra virgin olive oil, to serve
  • for the dill and honey yoghurt
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 3 tsp chopped dill
  • 50 g (2oz) natural yoghurt


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the dill and honey yoghurt together and chill until needed.
  2. Put the yoghurt and apple into a blender with 100ml (3½fl oz) water. First give it a quick blitz, then add all the remaining ingredients except the oil and whiz for a good length of time until as smooth as possible. Pour through a sieve, then chill before serving.
  3. To serve, pour the soup into bowls. Blob on some of the dill and honey yoghurt, then drizzle with walnut or extra virgin olive oil.

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