Lettuce Soup (Šalátová Polievka)

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Ingredients: one head of iceberg lettuce, 30g of butter, 35g of flour, 0.5L of water, 0.5L of milk, sugar, vinegar, dill

Prep Time: 20 minutes

In Slovakia, we sure do eat some strange soups! There is the sauerkraut soup (kapustnica), garlic soup, and the topic of this recipe, soup made out of pretty much nothing but iceberg lettuce. Still, this is one of my favorite Slovak dishes, although I do admit it is bit of an acquired taste. You should definitely try it.

Start by preparing "zápražka" by browning 30g of flour (múka) on butter (maslo). Add 0.5L of water (voda) and bring to boil. Use a wooden spoon to break up any remaining flour chunks.

Dissolve the remaining flour in 0.5L of milk (mlieko). Add to the pot and let everything boil.

Chop up one head of iceberg lettuce (šalát) and add to the soup. Use only the outer, green leafy parts. Next season the soup with salt (sol), sugar (cukor) and vinegar (ocot). I used about one tablespoon of salt, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 5 tablespoons of vinegar. Boil the soup until the lettuce gets tender (about 5 minutes).

Finally, chop up few stems of dill (kôpor) and add to the finished soup.

Slovak lettuce soup with dill
And there you have it, the lettuce soup. Serve with a slice of hearty bread.