Lithuanian Saltibarsciai recipe (vegan/paleo)

I’ve written in the past about the cold beet soup I discovered on my trip to Lithuania a few years ago. In fact, I have been making a dairy-free version of it for a while. I figured since I’ve got it nailed down, I should probably share, since it is vegan, paleo-friendly and Whole 30.

I started with this recipe from Arousing Appetites, and modified the heck out of it. Here’s what I did:

Ingredients

I discovered a delicious cold beet soup while visiting Lithuania. I've re-created it without dairy and eggs, making it vegan, paleo and Whole 30 compliant!
Big bowl o’ soup is ready to chill!
  • 6 small roasted beets (from one box found in the produce aisle at the grocery store)
  • 3-4 pickle spears
  • 1/2 a medium-sized cucumber
  • 2 cups coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 handful fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives
  • 2 green onions, mostly the green part, finely chopped
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do

I discovered a delicious cold beet soup while visiting Lithuania. I've re-created it without dairy and eggs, making it vegan, paleo and Whole 30 compliant!
The best part of this soup is the fried potatoes on top!
  1. Grate the beets, cucumber and pickles into a pretty big bowl. (I diced the pickles because I was about to grate my finger)
  2. Add the coconut yogurt and stir it all together.
  3. Take a big scoop of the veggie and yogurt mix and put it in the blender with the coconut milk. (This is a good chance to pick out any large chunks and pulverize them.) Pulse to combine. Then pour it all into the bowl.
  4. Add the herbs and onions, then squeeze the lemon juice in. Stir it all up! Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. I used a fair amount of salt but very little pepper.
  5. You can eat it right away, but it’s better with some time for the flavors to combine. At least 20 minutes in the fridge is nice, but I think this soup tastes better the next day!
  6. Stir it up well before serving. I like to top mine with fried, diced potatoes.

Would you try this cold beet soup? What’s your favorite soup to make? Tell me in the comments!

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