Russian vinaigrette salad with beets and sauerkraut on a white plate

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This Russian Vinaigrette Recipe with Beets and Sauerkraut is another “staple” of Russian/ Ukrainian cooking. Its also a very pretty & vibrant Russian salad.

I think every Slavic person has either made it or tried it. My sis tells me that canned beets taste just as good in Russian cooking and it reduces the hassle and mess of cooking them for 1 hour or more. I will definitely try that next time.

Most people who make this salad use their own pickled cabbage but sauerkraut works just as well. This is my mom’s recipe. This salad is great for parties because you can make it a day ahead. It tastes even better the next day. You may want to scale down the recipe if you are making it for your family.

Ingredients for Russian Vinigrette:

3 medium beets (or 2 (14.5 oz) cans of beets , drained)
3 medium potatoes
3 medium carrots
1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained
3 medium pickles
2 Tbsp sunflower or olive oil
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)

Ingredients for Russian vinaigrette salad

How to Make Russian Vinaigrette:

1. In a medium pot, boil beets for 1 hour or until it can easily be pierced with a knife. OR use canned beets which don’t require any cooking. I peeled beets before cooking, much easier than peeling them boiled.

3 cooked and peeled beets on a plate

2. In a separate pot, boil potatoes and carrots about 30 minutes or until a knife goes smoothly through the potatoes. Don’t overcook the potatoes.

3. Drain the vegetables and refrigerate or let them stand until they cool to room temp (or cooler).

4. Peel the skins from the potatoes, beets and carrots, than dice pickles, beets, potatoes, carrots & finely dice onion. The Vidalia Chop Wizard is the secret to make the process much faster :). Place diced beets in a separate bowl.

Beets being cut using a Vidalia Chop Wizard

Potatoes and carrots being cut using the Vidalia Chop Wizard

Two bowls one with diced beets and one with other vegetables

5. Mix beets with 1st Tbsp of Sunflower Oil separately, so that beets coloring will not get on the other ingredients as much.

A bowl with diced beets with oil being added to it

6. Mix together beets and the rest of ingredients with the 2nd Tbsp of Sunflower or Olive oil and 1 Tbsp of vinegar. If desired, add more sauerkraut or pickles to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Diced vegetables for Russian vinaigrette in a bowl

A bowl with Russian vinaigrette with beets and sauerkraut

Enjoy 🙂

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Russian Vinaigrette Recipe with Beets and Sauerkraut

4.95 from 35 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 -12
  • 3 medium beets, or 2 (14.5 oz cans of beets, drained)
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained
  • 3 medium pickles
  • 2 Tbsp sunflower or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, boil beets for 1 hour or until it can easily be pierced with a knife. OR use canned beets which don't require any cooking. I peeled beets before cooking, much easier than peeling them boiled.
  • In a separate pot, boil potatoes and carrots about 30 minutes or until a knife goes smoothly through the potatoes. Don't overcook the potatoes.
  • Drain the vegetables and refrigerate or let them stand until they cool to room temp (or cooler).
  • Peel the skins from the potatoes, beets and carrots, than dice pickles, beets, potatoes, carrots & finely dice onion. Place diced beets in a separate bowl.
  • Mix beets with 1st Tbsp of Sunflower Oil separately, so that beets coloring will not get on the other ingredients as much.
  • Mix together beets and the rest of ingredients with the 2nd Tbsp of Sunflower or Olive oil and 1 Tbsp of vinegar. If desired, add more sauerkraut or pickles to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Course: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Russian, Ukrainian
Keyword: Vinaigrette Salad
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $

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  • Anna
    February 8, 2024

    I don’t add vinegar to this salad, it comes already in pickles and also sauerkraut is acid. For the rest my recepee is the same 🙂

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  • Paige
    January 27, 2024

    Delish! I have made this so many times now and for several different groups of people and events. Every time I make it, someone asks for the recipe. My husband is Ukrainian and he loves it! It is a bit of pain to make and you definitely cannot whip it together at the last minute, that said, it is most definitely worth the effort. Excellent! Make it, you won’t regret it!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 27, 2024

      That’s great to hear, Paige!

      Reply

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