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lithuanian pink soup

Cold Beetroot Soup a.k.a Lithuanian Pink Soup

A fresh, filling and delicious soup for a hot summer day! Slightly sour pickled beetroot and refreshing cucumber in cold yoghurt-style Kefir, topped with lots of spring onion and dill, this is one of the most famous summer dishes in Eastern Europe. Just like Spanish Gaspacho, Lithuanian Beetroot Soup is served cold with some warm potatoes on the side!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Lithuanian
Servings 4 portions
Calories 370 kcal


For the Soup:

  • 1 cucumber (approx. 300g) diced
  • 1 jar pickled grated beetroot (510g) see details above
  • 4 eggs
  • 5 g dill finely chopped
  • 2 spring onions sliced on the diagonal
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 l kefir

For the Potatoes:

  • 500 g baby potatoes
  • knob of butter
  • 5 g dill finely chopped


  • Boil potatoes until tender. Then drain, add a knob of butter and fresh chopped dill and shake the pan to cover the potatoes in dill butter.
  • Hard boil the eggs. It will take about 12 minutes in boiling water. Cool the eggs under cold running water in the sink. Peel and slice the eggs into rounds.
  • Add the grated beetroot (together with most of the pickling liquid), cucumber, dill and half of the spring onions to a large mixing bowl. Pour in the fridge-cold kefir, season with salt and pepper, and mix. Add the eggs, scatter the remaining spring onions on top and serve with hot boiled potatoes.


Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 19gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 282mgPotassium: 1049mgFiber: 6gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 1092IUVitamin C: 35mgCalcium: 388mgIron: 3mg
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