Vinegrette ~ Russian Salad

Happy Birthday to my sister Kathy today May 23rd! You’ve been a wonderful daughter, sister, friend, wife, mother and grandmother. May God bless you richly all the days of your life on this earth!

Her version of this Russian Salad is posted below.

Kathy’s Vinegrette Recipe (cut recipe in half for smaller families)

Although the Russian name for this salad is Vinegrette it shouldn’t be confused with the salad dressings called Vinaigrette. This was a traditional salad that we enjoyed growing up. It could be our version of potato salad. I’m sharing an easier version using canned beets but you can also cook and julienne your own beets. The photo is my sister Lana’s.


  • 2 cans (15oz.) julienne beets (partly drained)
  • 2 cans (15oz.) kidney beans (drained well)
  • 3/4 – 1 cup sauerkraut (drained and squeezed)
  • 3 boiled potatoes
  • 3 large kosher dill pickles, diced
  • 1/4 onion, grated
  • vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pickle juice from the jarred dill pickles


  1. Dice potatoes while warm then salt and coat with oil and chill.
  2. Once the potatoes are chilled add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine, add enough pickle juice to taste.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.
  4. Serves 8-16

Our family prefers using the Clausen Dill Pickles found in the refrigerator section. You will find some versions of this Russian salad using carrots and not kidney beans. This is the version our family has always enjoyed.

This is such a colorful salad, it goes well with meat of any kind. At our house it goes with lamb or a juicy steak or sometimes all by itself. Simple, pretty and delicious! Bon Appetit!

About Ellen am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

4 thoughts on “Vinegrette ~ Russian Salad

  1. I want to come to one of your family reunions!
    You have some great recipes and some great cooks in your family, I am sure!
    Kim, do you still have any relatives in Norco that you have occasion to visit because that would be quite close to many family functions! 🙂

  2. Ellen,
    Oh yum! That sounds very good and I am going to make it!. I have a salad we make with beets, potatoes, carrots, dill pickle, onion and you can put in herring, or leave it out. Because of the beets it also has that same nice red colour also.

    Hi Judi, I hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  3. Cute picture! This is my favorite salad. Soooo Yummy!
    So much fun yesterday celebrating her birthday 😉

    Lana! Lots to celebrate, 🙂

  4. Thanks, Ellen.
    We had an interesting, but fun time on Tuesday night.
    Then on Wednesday Jack and Michelle stayed at our house and we went to library, ate at KFC, and I got to go out with Len while both Michelle and Melissa babysat Baba. It was a fun day and I was happy to be with my family.

    Hi Kathy, I’m so glad you had many fun celebrations for your day. May your birthday blessings continue!

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