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Horseradish & Beetroot Salad

13 November 2020

This is a very easy and traditional Ukranian dish, not sure if I should call it a relish or a salad (I’ve even seen it called Ukranian Wasabi when searching online). It’s sharp, sweet and full of flavour and goes great with many dishes, smokey fish and meats are my favourite. For example with my Mackerel & Egg salad or dry aged Rib-eye.

Be careful though, like fresh chili’s, fresh horseradish can be tricky to handle when chopped or grated, it might irritate the eyes and nose. I grated my horseradish, but feel free to use a blender or food processor to avoid irritation.

As an additional ingredient I grated in some carrot to add extra sweetness and tone it down a bit, but this is optional.

If you don’t have the time for all this grating and cooking, of course there is also a cheats version, not as good, but tasty nevertheless. See recipe below.

Horseradish & Beetroot Salad

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Condiments, sides, salads Ukranian
By Saffron & Greg Serves: 2 jars
Prep Time: 30 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes + waiting time


  • Classic version
  • 200 g of fresh horseradish
  • 400 g of raw beets, unpeeled
  • 3-6 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • Pinch of salt
  • Cheats Version
  • Small jar of horseradish
  • 400 g cooked beets (storebought)
  • 3-6 tbsp of white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 medium sized carrots
  • Pinch of salt


Classic version


Place the beets in a large pan and add water to cover.


Add 1 tbsp of vinegar, this will help to keep the beets from bleeding.


Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.


Place pot under running cold water and let rinse until beets can be handled.


Peel when cooled. You might want to wear gloves and an apron if you have them, beets can really stain.


Grate the beets and set aside.


Grate the carrots and add to the beets


Peel the horseradish and grate or blitz in a blender, add to the beets.


Season with pepper, salt and vinegar.


Taste and adjust seasoning, I like mine quite vinegary, so I used 5 tbsp.


Put the beets in an airtight jar and wait 3-4 hours until eating so all the flavours can mix well.

Cheats version


Well, actually this is the same as above, but just using pre-grated horseradish and pre-boiled beets.


Please be aware that beets can stain your skin, clothes and cooking equipment. I really recommend to use gloves and wrapping your chopping board with cling film beforehand. Or just to everything in the blender, problem solved. Although I must admit, I do like the texture of grating more.

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