Russian beetroot salad

This simple salad is well-known in Russia. It brings back memories about my childhood, parents’ home and cold evenings, when we made the salad and then ate it. Beets, walnuts and garlic is a very good source of vitamins and oils, which is important during winter days. Prunes is another wonderful ingredient here, it adds sweetness to the salad (especially if the beets aren’t sugary); moreover, prunes have health benefits – they have a high anti-oxidant content and contain dietary fiber*.

 I still love and make this salad. For me it’s certainly a good and comforting recipe. You can serve it also as a side dish to grilled meat, burgers or chicken. I hope you do give it a try! So easy and so tasty! 🙂
Russian beetroot salad

Russian beetroot salad

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Russian beet saladIngredients
2 medium beets
6-8 prunes (dried plums), pitted
2 cloves of garlic, minced
a handful of walnuts
2-3 Tbsp sour cream
salt, black pepper to taste
fresh dill, optional, for garnish
rye bread, for serving
  • Boil or roast beets until they’re tender. Cool, peel and grate beets (using medium-hole grater).
  • If prunes are too dry, soak them in a warm water for 10-15 minutes. Then roughly chop prunes and walnuts.
  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Garnish with dill, if desire. Serve with rye bread.


  1. Amanda says:

    Gorgeous photo. I love the deep red of the beets. I’ve had this salad before and I love it. Isn’t it cool when you eat something that reminds you of your family and home? Even if it’s just a simple salad. That’s precious. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hilda says:

    Whenever I have this beet salad, it does remind me of Russia – and goes so well with dark rye bread. The addition of prunes is new to me, and I will try it next time.

  3. Darya says:

    I used to hate beet salad as a child! It usually contained way too much mayonnaise and looked awful to me. But now I love it, and I love that you use sour cream instead of mayo! And I love the combination of beets and prunes, this is so delicious!

    • milkandbun says:

      You should be happy for yourself that at least now you do love beets)) Some people vene being adult hate it. 😉 About the dressing, yes it can be dressed with mayo, but sour cream is much better and healthier!

  4. Sissi says:

    It’s such an original and tempting salad! I love beets and all the other ingredients sound like a perfect combination. I bet it’s fantastic with herring 🙂

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