Beet and Potato Salad Recipe (2024)

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Katherine

To roast beets: set oven to 400 or so (25 degrees either way is fine, if you're cooking something fussier at the same time). Don't peel the beets! Cut off greens about 2 inches from the beet, saving them for another use. Put beets in an ovenproof pan with a lid or foil on top, and pop it in the oven. For ping-pong-ball-size beets, about 45 minutes; for tennis-ball-size beets, maybe 75 minutes; etc. Peel while beet is still hot; the skin slips off like a glove.

Joel Nydahl

I'm going to guess that one roasts a large beet approxmately as long as one roasts a medium potato--but I'm not sure. How about including both time and temperature for beet-roasting? Never over-estimate the knowledge or experience of your readers.

theabroma

This is, actually, not a version of Salade Russe; rather, it is a version of another equally ubiquitous salad in the Baltic states and along the western border of Russia, known as Russolye: beets, either boiled or roasted, and cubed, with boiled, peeled, and cubed potatoes, dressed in creme fraiche, soured cream, or smetanya, with dill and finely sliced scallions or slivers of yellow onion. It turns a Pepto-Bismol-on-steroids shade of pink.

Meri

This salad is beautiful, and tasty to the point of being addictive. I add green peas at the end, for extra color.

Jan

Add dill - always a good complement to beets

Carol

I made this luscious, colorful salad for a large group and doubled the recipe nicely. I had one humongous beet that almost weighed two pounds. I wrapped the beet in foil with olive oil and roasted it on a grill for about an hour and 1/2. This could certainly be done ahead of time. I used red potatoes and steamed them in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes. The salad was delicious the next day. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

Kristen Boyden

I'm a Southerner reared on mayo-drenched potato salad, but I will never make that mess again. This is absolutely delicious. I almost subbed out the champagne vinegar when I had a tough time finding it, but it's worth the drive across town.

I stayed true to the recipe, and will not change anything next time I make it. And there will be a next time.

Irina

Where I am from in Moscow, this is called 'Vinegret'! It seems like every Russian has their recipe for it, just like with the Russian potato salad -- 'Olivier.' My babushka's recipe would not call for celery but instead include diced up pickles, which can also substitute the vinegar element in the recipe. Mayonnaise is the preferred dressing, usually mixed with some sour cream, but yogurt (or just oil - sunflower or olive for dairy-free version) is perfectly fine for something a bit healthier!

SuAyres

To roast large beets, it's best to cut them into smaller pieces, so that they cook more quickly. A large one left whole can take 45 minutes to an hour. Cut in chunks, they'll only take 25 to 30 minutes. I normally toss peeled, cut-up beets in a little grapeseed oil, put them on a baking sheet, & cover them with foil; I check at 25 minutes, & if they're still not quite done, give them 5-10 more.

Molly

I have made this any number of times, varying amounts of each ingredient based on what I have on hand. I love using different colored beets. I tend to use more yogurt and less olive oil and it is just fine. I also add extra eggs sometimes to make it a meal. It is always wonderful. BTW: I steam little potatoes (different colors if you can) and eggs in the same pot for 12 minutes and they all turn out perfectly. Saves some time!

Tanya

Delicious. Added capers, green onion (instead of red) and a little parsley.

Brianna

I recommend using all red beets for this, I tried it with different colored beets and it kind of changed the flavor. Also mayonaise is a good substitute instead of yogurt. And it it better to let it refridgerate over night, the flavor tastes much better

MaryAlecia

I steamed the beets and potatoes at the same time; it took less than 30 minutes. Ice water plunge for about 5 minutes, drained, and then set in the fridge while I got all the other things ready. It was easy enough to peel the beets after they had cooled a bit. Very delicious, and made for an excellent cold breakfast the next day with the addition of a chopped hard boiled egg.

Armen H.

I boiled my beets because I didn't actually read the recipe until I was preparing the dressing and it still turned out great! I'm sure I missed out on some flavor from the roasting process, but it ended up being less cleanup. I'm in love with the dressing! so classic and simple *chefs kiss*

Mari

I used 3 'fat' spring onions (scallions) instead of red onion, and had 2 medium golden beets already roasted, so used them. I added the mustard/salt/vinegar to the chopped beets/onion/celery for 30 mins while I prepared the rest. I steamed the eggs for 10 mins with the potatoes to save stovetop space! Like another reader, I also added a couple of tbsps of peas to the mix for color . Instead of just yogurt, I used a mixture of creme fraiche and yogurt, and a little less olive oil. Yum!

janisani

Loved this! The color is very vibrant. I served it with salmon, and the soft color didn't look so nice with the violent color of this salad. I know this is picky, but we eat first with our eyes!

Neat Beets

To peel roasted beets neatly and easily dump them into a cold bowl of water in the sink, and when they're cool, peel them still while they're still in the water. The peels will slide right off and sink to the bottom and you can dump them into a strainer when you're done. Your hands and kitchen surfaces will be unstained! I recommend treating the hardboiled eggs and potatoes (as long as they are firm and not overcooked) like this too.

Jessica

Delish!

susain

I love potato salad. I love beets. This looked like a slam dunk, but did not work for me at all. I found it bland and oddly textured between the beets and the potatoes. I didn’t even like the color. Waited until second day as recommended. Tried lifting it up with some capers, more seasoning, finally some tarragon. Ended up tossing the final third.

Tom M

Beets cook effortlessly in the Instant Pot in 18-22 minutes, depending on the size.

AnnieLes

Looking for something different to do with my CSA beets; this looks delicious! Added it to my menu plan for this week and thinking I will add some tinned herring for a little extra protein.

Mary L

What kind of potatoes? Peel them or not?

Katy

I roasted the potatoes with the beets to cut down on work and everything came out fine. I do think I would add a third egg next time as I felt the ratio was too low. Also would he good with tuna and green beans added in.

as

A great recipe when your CSA share is beet/potato heavy! I skipped the eggs and used vegan mayo instead of yogurt, in case any hungry vegans showed up on my doorstep. Didn’t have chives so used dill and parsley for herby flavor and green. Quite a forgiving recipe for variation, and really good!

Jacob

I really enjoyed this. The one modification I ended up making was adding some finely diced dill pickle, it added some really nice crunch and sourness

Cate

The second time I made this I blended the mixture for the dressing with the chives. Since we didn't have enough chives left for the second batch, I added fresh mint and basil that I had. I thought it tasted better. My husband however liked both batches and finds this recipe to be addictive, as others have said. It's not my cup of tea, but it is easy to make and looks nice.

David

So, reading so many notes on recipes with people’s dramatic changes, I made this with one creative recipe variation. Instead of 2 large beets, I used 3 medium beets. The recipe was so much better made my way!

David

I thought I could be as creative as many cooks here and made it my own. How? I used 3 medium beets instead of 2 large beets. Huge improvement!

Stephanie

Made this with rice vinegar with no additive ingredients. Research also suggested white or red wine vinegar as substitutes for the champagne or sherry vinegar.

Aimee

Substitutions: dill for chives, shallot for red onion, whole milk greek yogurt for low fat. I used 1/4 the ingredients for the dressing on about the same amount of vegetables. It was outstanding! A perfect beet delivery vehicle. Whenever I have a big bunch of beets I cook them in the pressure cooker, they take about 20 minutes at high pressure. The cooked beets in their skins keep well in the fridge for a good week at least and they're ready to peel & go at a moment's notice.

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