Beet and Potato Salad with Sauerkraut (Russian Vinegret)



Beet and Potato Salad with Sauerkraut is a traditional Russian salad and is called in Russia 'Vinegret'. Many people spell it like 'Vinaigrette', but actually vinaigrette is a different thing - a mixture of salad oil and vinegar. The main ingredients for Russian vinegret salad are beets, potatoes, pickles and sauerkraut. It's usually dressed with olive or vegetable oil, but sometimes vinegar or lemon juice are also added. This is a healthy and wonderful recipe which does not take much time to prepare.

Beet and Potato Salad with Sauerkraut (Russian Vinegret)


Prep time
45 minutes
Cook time
30 minutes
Total time
1 hour, 15 minutes


beet (large)
potatoes (large)
onion (medium)
pickles (medium)
1⁄2 cup
sauerkraut (the juices drained off)
olive oil (or vegetable oil to taste)
salt (to taste)


1) Place beet, carrot and potatoes in a large pot, add water just to cover the vegetables. Bring the pot to a boil and cook the vegetables until tender, about 30-40 minutes. Drain the and let cool till room temperature. Remove skins.
2) Dice the beet and potatoes.
3) Chop the carrot and pickles. Peel and finely chop the onion.
Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut Vinegret photo instruction 1
4) Mix all the vegetables in a large bowl. Drizzle the oil over the mixture and toss to coat. Season with salt. (Beet will cover the salad red. If you like other vegetables to retain their color, put the beet on a separate plate, add some oil and toss. Then carefully fold it in with the rest of the salad.)
Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut Vinegret photo instruction 2
5) Let cool in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour and serve.


Very tasty. This time I used canned beets instead of boiling fresh beets and they were just as good. Excellent combination of flavors!
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