Solyanka is a dish that combines a great variety of ingredients. It is a bright vegetable stew and rich broth with mushrooms, fish and meat. Long time ago solyanka was cooked from cabbage, meat and cucumbers. The distinctive feature of solyanka was a characteristic sour taste which was reached by adding vinegar or brine. And only later on solyanka transformed into a soup.
This soup can be compared to Russian shchi and rassolnik soups. There are numerous interpretations of the recipe, because solyanka can be cooked not only with meat, but also with fish and mushrooms. The main quality of solyanka is its salty sour taste as the dish consists of such ingredients as lemon, pickled cucumbers, olives, sometimes kvass and marinated mushrooms. Rich broth and palatable taste make this dish authentic and special.