Lithuanian Cold Beet Soup

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



  1. Boil beets, drain, and let them cool.
  2. Mix cooled milk with buttermilk in a large pot.
  3. Shred peeled beets and add them to the pot with milk and buttermilk mixture.
  4. Add salt and lemon juice. Test and adjust to your liking if necessary.
  5. Add sliced onion springs, dill, diced cucumbers and egg.
  6. Place completed soup in the fridge to let it cool completely.
  7. Serve it with a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy it with hot boiled potatoes.




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