Top Eastern European Cold Soup Recipes

There's nothing more refreshing on a warm, summer day than a bowl of cold soup! With crusty bread and a green, leafy salad, it can be lunch, an appetizer, or the main feature in a no-cook dinner. There are even some terrific dessert options. Cold soups come in two types -- uncooked and chilled, or cooked and chilled. A big plus is that they free the cook from last-minute preparation, since they require several hours of chilling and should be made hours or even a day in advance. Serve in...MORE chilled clear bowls or cups for a pretty effect.

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    Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Soup (Tarator)
    Bulgarian Cold Cucumber Soup (Tarator). © Barbara Rolek
    Dill also takes a starring role in this Bulgarian cold cucumber soup recipe. But this refresher also features walnuts, garlic and bread.
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    Polish Creamed Beet Soup
    Polish Creamed Beet Soup. © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Barszcz is the Polish generic term for any sour soup. Beet barszcz and white barszcz, made with kielbasa-cooking water, are the most common. Beet barszcz is a magenta-colored soup that can be served warm or cold garnished with sour cream, dill and julienned beets, if desired.

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    Hungarian Chilled Summer Squash Soup Recipe - Hideg Kapros Tokleves

    Hungarian Chilled Summer Squash Soup or Hideg Kapros Tokleves
    Hungarian Chilled Summer Squash Soup or Hideg Kapros Tokleves. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Hungarian chilled summer squash soup can be made with summer yellow crookneck squash or yellow zucchini, and lots of fragrant, fresh dill. Here's more about squash varieties.

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    Lithuanian Cold Beet Soup or Saltibarsciai
    Lithuanian Cold Beet Soup or Saltibarsciai. © 2010 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This recipe for cold Lithuanian beet soup or šaltibarščiai is made with buttermilk, sour cream, hard-cooked eggs, cucumbers and dill. It's refreshing on a hot day. Compare this with Polish cold cucumber-beet soup recipe. Here are more beet recipes.

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    Polish Strawberry Soup
    Polish Strawberry Soup. © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Polish strawberry soup is another instance of a fruit soup that can be eaten hot or cold. Serve with noodles or croutons and a garnish of sour cream, if desired.
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    Balkan Chilled Eggplant Soup Recipe

    Balkan Chilled Eggplant Soup
    Balkan Chilled Eggplant Soup. © 2009 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    The Mediterranean influence is felt in this Balkan chilled eggplant soup which features roasted veggies, good-quality olive oil, garlic and buttermilk.
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    Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup or Hideg Meggyleves
    Hungarian Sour Cherry Soup or Hideg Meggyleves. © Flickr by Zugloi Lany

    Hungarian sour cherry soup is traditionally made with tart dark-red Morello cherries, but a tart pie cherry, like fire-engine-red Montmorency cherries, will do in a pinch. In Hungary, cold sour cherry soup is served as a starter course, but in the United States, it often appears as a dessert, like the cold peach soup, below.

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    Green Bean Soup
    Green Bean Soup. © Flickr by Dynanet
    This cream of green bean soup recipe can be served hot or chilled. The Hungarian paprika gives it a pleasant pinkish color.
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    Polish Beer Soup Recipe - Polewka Piwna or Zupa Piwna

    Polish Beer Soup
    Polish Beer Soup. © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    This Polish beer soup recipe can be served warm on a cold day or cold, to beat the dog days of summer. The alcohol cooks out and leaves the soup with that sour tang beloved of Poles, Lithuanians, Ukrainians and Russians.
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    Cold Peach Soup
    Cold Peach Soup. © Flickr by Britton618
    This no-cook cold peach soup recipe can be served as a meal starter or dessert garnished with a dollop of whipped cream, a few diced peaches and a sprig of mint, if desired. The wine and apricot brandy add a nice dimension to this dish, but they are completely optional.
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    Polish Rhubarb Soup
    Polish Rhubarb Soup. © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Rhubarb is plentiful in Poland, so to find it in soup is not uncommon. In the heat of late spring and early summer, cold rhubarb soup was refreshing for the farmers returning from the fields for a quick noontime meal.
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    Bulgarian Chilled Watermelon Soup Recipe

    Watermelon Soup
    Watermelon Soup. By The_Lifestyle_of_Bryan from Flickr
    Bulgarians like to combine watermelon with buttermilk or the plain yogurt they are famous for, and chopped or sprigged mint.
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    Polish Blueberry Soup
    Polish Blueberry Soup. © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    Polish blueberry soup is a refreshing summer soup that can be eaten cold, warm or at room temperature. It was originally made with small, wild blueberries -- delicious if you can find them.
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    Polish Cold Cucumber-Beet Soup
    Polish Cold Cucumber-Beet Soup. © 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Nothing slakes the thirst like buttermilk and this Polish no-cook cold cucumber-beet soup, known as zupa letnia, not only has buttermilk, but sour cream and hard-cooked egg.

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    Russian Cold Vegetable Soup with Meat Recipe - Okroshka

    Russian Chilled Summer Vegetable Soup with Meat or Okro
    Russian Chilled Summer Vegetable Soup with Meat or Okro. © Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

    This traditional Russian soup recipe is made with a sour starter known as kvas and is served chilled. It is known simply as kvas soup or okroshka.

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    Russian Green Vegetable Soup with Fish Recipe - Botvinia

    Russian Botvinia or Green Vegetable Soup with Fish
    Russian Botvinia or Green Vegetable Soup with Fish. © http://kitchen.galanter.net/files/2011/05/2215.jpg

    Spinach and sorrel are the greens of choice in this cold Russian soup known as botvinia and, typically, salmon or crab meat is used. But the ever-present ingredient is kvas, that sweet-sour beverage so beloved by Eastern Europeans, who drink it cold as an elixir, or use it in recipes.

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    Watermelon Gazpacho
    Watermelon Gazpacho. © Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.
    What is a Spanish soup doing in a listing of Eastern European dishes? Well, as the world gets smaller due to modern transportation, ethnic cuisine spreads like wildfire. Eastern Europe is on the cutting edge of modern international cuisine and gazpacho is creeping into its repertoire and can be found on the restaurant menus of many major cities.