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Polish Cold Cucumber-Beet Soup Recipe - Zupa Letnia or Chłodnik

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Polish Cucumber-Beet Soup

Polish Cucumber-Beet Soup (Zupa Letnia or Chlodnik)

© 2008 Barbara Rolek licensed to About.com, Inc.

Nothing slakes the thirst like buttermilk and this cold cucumber-beet soup, known as zupa letnia or chłodnik, not only has buttermilk, but sour cream and hard-cooked egg. This is a no-cook soup that comes together quickly with the help of canned beets. It can be pureed to a velvety consistency and served in a chilled martini or iced-tea glass, or eaten chunky in a chilled bowl.

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Makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 (1-pound) can sliced beets
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 small seedless cucumber, peeled and quartered
  • 1 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • Salt to taste


  1. Place beets in bowl of a food processor and whirl until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and puree until velvety. Adjust seasonings. Chill.

  2. Serve in a chilled martini or iced-tea glass garnished with a cucumber slice and chives, if desired.
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Some additions to the recepe, Member nejlika

Hi, I am native Pole, emigrated after 53 years in Poland to Sweden, just now in UK. 'Zupa letnia' is OK, but REALLY the name is CHLODNIK (KHUODNICK?). Most people and many restaurants adds to the soup also radish (sliced) and mostly they do not mix (with mixer) the soup, the red beets roots are cut to strips IN SOUP. The soup is ALWAYS made with 'kwasne mleko' (courd?). The Site is very good, well done and interesting, I have found only one FAULT in name of Polish meals - Placek ZE Jablka is wrong, it must be Z Jablka. I was under 22 years redactor in the scientific annual and other papers and I really know Polish (not so well English). Could I send you some more recipes? I missed the recipe for Buraczki Zasmazane, delicious! Warm greetings, Anna

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