Beet Salad Vinaigrette (“Vinegret”), Ukrainian style

18 Jan

Salad VinegretSo you read the word “Vinaigrette” and you think “Pleeeeaze, I don’t need to know about another boring oil-and-vinegar dressing”.

Well, to many Eastern-Europeans this word is associated with a beet salad.  You’d be able to find it at any Eastern European stores/delis – just look for the label “Salad Vinegret”.

There are many variation of this salad – some make it with dill pickles, some use sauerkraut instead.  I say – use both if you like!  Some recipes don’t call for beans.  To me, the real Vinegret is the one with beans! Also, back home we made it with aromatic unrefined sunflower oil.  My local Russian store was all out of sunflower oil 😦


  • 3 red skinned potatoes
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 medium beets
  • 3 spring onions
  • 3 dill pickles (pickles made in a brine are the BEST; avoid the sweet variety)
  • 1 can red kidney beans, rinsed well
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 tbsp white vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped dill (optional)


  1. Boil vegetables and let them cool.  Peel and dice.
  2. Add diced pickles and chopped green onions
  3. Finish with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Add chopped dill if using.
  5. Let it sit for 1 hr at least.  I let it sit in the fridge overnight.


14 Responses to “Beet Salad Vinaigrette (“Vinegret”), Ukrainian style”

  1. Esenga' s Voice January 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    This is quite a coincidence – a friend of mine yesterday asked if I remember how “Vinegret” was made and I couldn’t recall exactly. Will pass the recipe on. By the way – like it a lot but have never tasted with beans added. 🙂

    • The Kat and The Falling Leaves January 18, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

      I am glad it your friend would be able to use it! I know some people make it with green peas instead of beans; or beans can be omitted altogether 🙂

      • Esenga' s Voice January 18, 2013 at 3:43 pm #

        Peas and beans version is all new to me but doesn’t make it sound less tasty. 🙂

  2. mpanchuk January 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    Reblogged this on virtualborscht.

  3. catnipoflife January 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    This one my husband would like! I still don’t like beets 😦

    • The Kat and The Falling Leaves January 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Eastern European eat lots of beets, dill and sour cream, lol. I’ve noticed that people are not going crazy over beets 🙂

  4. Rexlin Victor January 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

    Colorful!!! Healthy!!!

  5. Boomdeeadda January 19, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    I’ve not come across this salad before, isn’t that odd. I be my Aunty has though. I’ll have to ask her. I love beets, pickled or in borsch so this sounds yummy.

  6. patinaandcompany March 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    Blogger Boomdeeadda just referred me to your lovely site. Looking forward to your Ukranian recipes!


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