Finnish Beetroot Salad

Finnish beetroot salad (rosolli)

  • Servings: 4 - 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Do you think of tomatoes and lettuce when someone says salad? This Finnish salad is a little different! It’s made up of root vegetables and is served with a creamy pink sauce that looks and tastes amazing. Serve it alongside Christmas dinner or any time of year really.


For the salad:

  • 4 beetroots (regular or pickled is fine)
  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 apple
  • 1 – 2 pickled cucumbers
  • Salt
  • Pepper

For the sauce:

  • 6 tbsp + 2 tsp of heavy cream
  • ½ tsp of white vinegar
  • ¼ tsp of sugar
  • ¼ tsp of salt
  • A couple cubes of the chopped beetroot (for colouring)


  1. Boil the beetroots, potatoes and carrots in their skins, in separate pots. Take them off the heat once they are tender, being mindful not to overcook them.
  2. Once they’re cool, peel the vegetables and cut into very small cubes.
  3. Mince the onion.
  4. Peel and slice the apple into small cubes (same size as the vegetables).
  5. Cut the pickled cucumbers into small cubes (same size as the vegetables).
  6. Mix all of the above into a bowl and lightly season with salt and white pepper.
  7. In another bowl, start whipping the cream, then add the vinegar, sugar, salt and a couple cubes of the beetroot (for the beautiful pink colour) and keep whipping.
  8. You can either serve the sauce on the side or mix it in with the salad.

Background: Finnish beetroot salad

Finnish beetroot salad is commonly served in Finland at Christmas as a delicious side dish with the main meal. The flavours go very well with ham, turkey and other meats, plus the result is actually quite pretty once it gets plated up.

Some versions of the recipe include pickled herring in the mix — the saltiness of the fish perfectly complements the taste of the sweet beetroot. You might also find that older versions of the recipe don’t include apple in the salad.

Some people also make the sauce a little differently, using sour cream instead of heavy cream.

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