Lithuanian Cold Beet Soup

Cold Beet Soup, or “Šaltibarščiai”, courtesy of Lina. (You’re really just drinking buttermilk!) Best in the summer.


  • boil 3 large beets
  • cool them and then grate them. (Alternatively grate 2 cans of whole beets)
  • 1/2 cup fresh green dill, finely chopped;
  • 1 big seedless cucumber (English cucumber), cut into small pieces;
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 1/2 or 1 cup milk, depending on how sour you want the soup to be
  • 10 green onions, finelly chopped
  • salt to taste (especially if the buttermilk is already salted)
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs


  1. Combine all finelly chopped/grated ingredients with buttermilk and milk
  2. Let it chill.
  3. Just before serving quarter each hardboiled egg and place on top of the soup. Serve with boiled or baked potatoes on the side

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