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In Lithuania, summer only begins with the first plate of Šaltibarščiai, a cold pink soup made from butter milk, beets, fresh dill and some chopped chives.
In Lithuania, summer only begins with the first plate of Šaltibarščiai, a cold pink soup made from butter milk, beets, fresh dill and some chopped chives. It’s traditionally served with a sprinkling of chopped boil egg and a side helping of boiled potatoes, but they’re optional. The soup, however, definitely is not if you want to savor the flavor of a summer here. Its shocking pink colour has become the unofficial fourth color of the country (after the flag’s red, green, and yellow) and is the perfect accompaniment for that instagrammable moment. In fact, it’s become such a thing that the soup has its own festival.