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Vinegret – Winter Beet and Sauerkraut Salad

vinegret, russian beet salad, russian winter salad, winter beet salad, beet sauerkraut salad, russian vinaigretteVinegret is a truly wonderful combination of vibrant colors, soft and crunchy textures, and sweet and sour taste. It uses vegetables that are readily available in the winter to provide a vitamin boost. The word vinegret originated from the French “vinaigrette”, a well-known salad dressing. There is no vinegar in vinegret salad, despite what its name suggests. The main ingredients are beets, carrots, potatoes, sauerkraut, pickles, and green peas. Sometimes white beans are used instead of peas. Vinegret is a staple dish in many Russian homes; it is inexpensive to make and looks great on a holiday table!

A word of caution: sauerkraut (fermented cabbage) needs to be of best quality available, preferably bought at a Russian grocery store, or homemade (even better). I am yet to master the art of making sauerkraut at home, although I will definitely try it in the near future.



2 comments for “Vinegret – Winter Beet and Sauerkraut Salad

  1. June 9, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Hi, that is a lovely description. I love making Vinegred .

  2. January 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    You should add Okrushka to your salad recipes here. Okrushka is my favorite salad, except my wife insists on putting dill in it, and the tops from green onions. Last time she made it, I told her to throw out the greenery, get rid of the dill completely, and add the onion part of the scallions into the salad. In my opinion that made it much tastier. For some reason, she didn’t agree with me.

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