This salad is a nice break from heavy winter meals. It is filling but still on a lighter side. This is salad was prepared a lot when I was growing up in Russia. Beets are commonly used in Russia, however not in the pickled/canned form. Once you try them fresh (baked or boiled), you’ll be asking yourself “where have they been all my life?” like my husband does. And did you know that sauerkraut is a good source of vitamin C among other health benefits?
I like the fact that this salad is very forgiving– the ratios of vegetables are flexible. As long as the vegetables are roughly equally represented, it will turn out fine!
the ingredients can be easily doubled
1 medium beet2 large potatoes
3 medium carrots
1 small onion, diced
1 cup of pickles, diced
1 can of sauerkraut (or about 1 cup)
1 cup of green peas (or chopped parsley)
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sunflower oil (unrefined is the best. But I have substituted with canola oil with good results)
Place beets, potatoes and carrots in a pot, add water to cover, bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. After the first 15 minutes of cooking time, remove the carrots to a plate (they cook faster than the rest of the veggies).
After 30 minutes of cooking, check the beets and potatoes. If the knife comes in and out easily–they are done. Take them out of the pot and put on the same plate with carrots. Let them cool so you could dice them later. Go do something else while they are cooling (you do not want to handle a hot potato). You can even stick them in the fridge till later, when you have time to throw the salad together.
Once your vegetables have cooled down, peel them by scraping the skins of. They come off easily at this point. Dice them in a half inch dice.
Next, combine the diced vegetables, pickles, onion and peas/parsley. Season with salt, add the oil. I highly recommend using unrefined sunflower oil. Some grocery stores carry it, or you can find it online.
You can serve it right away, or store in the refrigerator for up to three days. It gets better as it sits in the fridge. This salad makes perfect light lunch.