Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  202
  • Protein  19 g
  • Carbohydrates  9 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  60 mg
  • Sodium  242 mg
  • Potassium  388 mg
  • Phosphorus  160 mg
  • Calcium  46 mg
  • Fiber  2.1 g

Cabbage Borscht

Cabbage Borscht can be enjoyed for lunch and dinner. This is a great dish to get your protein and vegetables when you're on the kidney diet.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Karen G. from Illinois.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 1-1/4 cup


  • 2 pounds beef blade steaks
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 medium cabbage
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup turnips
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons sugar


  1. Place steak in a big pot. Add water to cover meat completely. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. After water is boiling, reduce heat to simmer and cook until meat is tender and shreds easily.
  2. Remove meat from pot and shred with a fork.
  3. Cut cabbage into bite-size pieces.Peel and dice onion, carrots and turnips.
  4. Leave water in pot and add olive oil, tomato sauce, cabbage, onion, carrots, turnips and shredded meat.
  5. Season with salt and pepper; add lemon juice and sugar.
  6. Cook on low heat 1 to 1-1/2 hours until all vegetables are cooked. Before serving season to taste with more lemon, sugar or pepper if desired.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 meat
  • 2 vegetables, low potassium 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • You may use blade or cross-rib roast or steak.
  • Serve Cabbage Borscht with light rye bread.

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Cabbage Borscht

Blindblonde says:


If you are looking for a classic European borscht taste - this doesn't cut it at all. BUT it makes a great cabbage stew as is since hemo patients should avoid fresh beets. I'll be making this again for sure.

Nov. 12, 2014, 7:54 PM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Borscht

NanaK49 says:


I have cooked this a couple times adding a few other kidney friendly spices as well as 2 cups low sodium beef broth and 4 cups water. It also freezes quite well if making a double batch.

Apr. 21, 2014, 11:42 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Borscht

rennerr2 says:


I made this soup this weekend with a few modifications. Since I like chanky soups I added extra carrots, onions, turnip and 1.5 cups of cooked beets (cubed) along with 2 large handfuls of spinach leaves (I had extra) along with 2 extra cups of water. I also used 3 bay leaves when I cooked my beef for the flavor. Soup was fantastic! I added about a teaspoon of fat free sour cream to my bowl.

Jan. 21, 2013, 10:08 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Borscht

laura says:


I like cabbage and root vegetables. This makes a thick stewy soup. I used a flat iron steak because the others weren't available.

Sep. 03, 2009, 10:04 AM - Inappropriate review?

Cabbage Borscht




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