Lithuanian cold beet soup is refreshing of amazing pick colour, has a sweet-sour touch and with the eggs and potatoes filling at the same time. In Lithuania we call it šaltibarščiai. It’s a cold soup made with beets and buttermilk and always served with boiled potatoes.
I always was a big fan of this soup as my mother used to make it in Spring and Summer with fresh produce. It is my favourite soup and I hardly can imagine hot summer days without this refreshing soup.
- 500 ml buttermilk
- 500 ml milk
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 medium beetroots
- onion springs
- 2 tbsp dills, chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 boiled egg, diced
- 4 tbsp sour cream, for serving (optional)
- 450 g potatoes, for serving
- Boil beets, drain, and let them cool.
- Mix cooled milk with buttermilk in a large pot.
- Shred peeled beets and add them to the pot with milk and buttermilk mixture.
- Add salt and lemon juice. Test and adjust to your liking if necessary.
- Add sliced onion springs, dill, diced cucumbers and egg.
- Place completed soup in the fridge to let it cool completely.
- Serve it with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy it with hot boiled potatoes.