This beet potato salad is a vegetarian salad I grew up with. My mother used to make it for holidays mostly as it can be a chore to make. There are ways to cheat a little and make this salad faster though. This is my personal take on this Russian salad. I might get some critiques on the authenticity of this beet potato salad, but I will say this is my version which is very similar to the Vinegret I grew up with. It also reflects the Vinegret salads (pronounced, “Vee-ne-gret,” also sometimes spelled in English, Vinaigrette) I sampled while traveling through Russia years ago.
Give this vinegret salad a try if you’re a fan of beets or even if you aren’t, you might be pleasantly surprised. It’s a great alternative to standard potato salads and lighter. Also, it’s a great salad or side to make for your vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free friends.
Vinegret Potato Salads Vary
Just as a standard American Potato Salad varies per household and restaurant, so do Vinegret Salads. If you have had a Vinegret salad somewhere before it might have been differed slightly. There are also Ukrainian Vinegret Salads which might be closer to this one which is where my Mother is originally from, so just remember there is no wrong or right Vinegret Salad as long as it has the main components of Beets and Potatoes and good ol’ dill weed.
My little secret to make this salad quicker and to tempt me to make it more often is to use Love Beets. These beets are organic, precooked and peeled. They’re vacuum packed and stay fresh in the refrigerator for weeks. I usually get them at Costco since they have such a great deal on them, but many other stores are starting to sell them. I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of the cooking beets and the peeling process so since I discovered these little gems I wasn’t a fan of adding or cooking beets too much. Now I’ve even gotten my kids to like beets in solid form instead of only juiced with other veggies and fruit. I realize canned beets are an option as well, but I’ve never been a fan of them because of their texture and they can be high in sodium.
Some Variations on Vinegret Salad
- Green Onion
- Raw Red or White Onion
- No Onion, Peas, Vinegar, or Mustard