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Beet Recipes from Around the World to Make at Home

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My beet recipes complement the rich, earthy flavors of beets in some truly delicious ways. If you want to eat more of this vegetable but struggle for ideas, there’s plenty to inspire you below.

Bookmark this page, as I will continue to add recipes to this roundup. For now, enjoy the colors, textures, and flavors of these beetroot-based dishes to feed family and loved ones.

Beet dishes (rosolje and beet soup).

Beet and Potato Salad (Rosolje) Recipe from the Heart of Estonia

Beetroot salad with potatoes (Estonian recipe)
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We start in Estonia with a salad full of heart and flavor. While rosolje, or beet and potato salad, can vary from region to region, it always contains beetroot. That’s what gives the salad its gorgeous pink hue.

My recipe mixes chopped beets with diced potato, pickles, onion, apple, and salty herring and binds them in a mustard, mayo, and sour cream dressing. Top it with herbs and halved hard-boiled eggs, and enjoy it with soft bread, juicy grilled meats, or crunchy lettuce leaves.

Beet and Potato Salad

Hearty Borsch Recipe (Ukrainian and Eastern European Sour Soup to Feed the Whole Family)

Borsch in a bowl (with a dollop of sour cream)
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Borscht (or borsch) has helped generations of Eastern Europeans get through the cold winter months. My recipe is inspired by Ukrainian borscht, which uses beets, hence its deep, red color.

The broth is made from various ingredients, including vegetables, tomato paste, and apple cider vinegar, hence the ‘sour’ in sour soup. I have also added pork belly for a meat-based soup, but you can easily make this vegetarian by omitting the meat.

Serve it with sour cream and fresh bread for a soup that soothes the soul with its warmth and nutrients.

Borsch Recipe

Cold Beet Soup Recipe (Lithuanian Šaltibarščiai)

Cold beet soup in a bowl
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Sometimes, you need a light, refreshing dish. Why not give my Lithuanian cold beet soup a try?

Šaltibarščiai, its Lithuanian name, is typically made by blending fresh beets with a fermented milk product, like yogurt or kefir, as I have used in this recipe.

Mixed with fresh vegetables and herbs, serve it with hard-boiled eggs for a deeply satisfying cold dish loaded with creamy, beet-filled flavor.

Cold Beet Soup

Herring Under a Fur Coat Recipe (Seledka pod Shuboi)

Herring under fur coat
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Herring under a fur coat (layers from the side with the beetroot layer on top).
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Similar to beet and potato salad, the beautifully named ‘herring under fur coat’ requires a little more preparation. However, it is so worth it.

A staple of Russian and Baltic cuisine, this is a layered salad. It is typically made by preparing and dicing all ingredients beforehand, then stacking each ingredient in layers, one by one. Herring, boiled potato, beets, and mayo are typical ingredients, along with lots of other fruit, vegetables, and herbs.

This salad looks amazing. Use it to add some sparkle to a celebration of gathering, and serve it with rye bread for a salad packed with texture.

Herring under Fur Coat

Vinegret (Винегрет)

Vinegret salad
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Vinegret is a simple salad of diced beetroot, carrot, and potato coated in a vinaigrette dressing.

My recipe adds crunch with pickles and spring onions and some zest with the addition of lemon juice to the dressing. This dish is ideal if you’re looking for quick and easy recipes to go, and can be eaten at any time of day.

Vinegret Salad

As this roundup shows, there’s so much creativity to be had with beetroot. It can be an intimidating vegetable to cook with, but all you need is a little know-how and inspiration.

Beets are used all over the world in tasty and creative ways. These recipes are just an earthy taster into the possibilities.

Let me know what other beet dishes you enjoy and want to see in this round-up!

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5+ Beet recipes from around the world (featuring beet soup, vinegret, seledka pod shuboi, and rosolje beet salad).
5+ Beet recipes from around the world (featuring beet soup, vinegret, seledka pod shuboi, and rosolje beet salad).

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  • Doina Johnson is a recipe developer and writer. Doina has been cooking for most of her life, and her style draws from many different influences. She cooked with her mother and grandma growing up in Eastern Europe, before adding modern, western influences to her style when living in the United States for about a decade. Then, she traveled full-time for several years, trying food in Europe, Asia, and South America, and bringing those influences into her own cooking. She strives to introduce passionate homecooks to world cuisine, generally by trying the food herself abroad and then recreating it at home and, at times, enlisting the help of local foodies and chefs.

  • Hey there! We are Dale and Doina, the founders of Nomad Paradise. We traveled full-time for over three years, and while we now have a home base in the U.K., continue to take trips abroad to visit new places and try new cuisines and foods. Our food guides are curated with the guidance of local foodies, and their contribution is indicated under each article. We also cook the foods we try abroad, and you can discover how to make them in our 'recipes from around the world' category.

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