Vinegret. Russian vegetarian salad

by Lelik on July 1, 2009

in Salads

Vinegret [vee-nee-grate] is one of the traditional vegetarian Russian dish, usually Russians cook in on a New Year’s eve. The word Vinegret means mishmash. This salad is very simple but contains a less of calories, healthy, and has a rich taste. To tell you the truth, I hate boiled beet and carrot.. eek.. but their taste is absolutely different in this salad, you can hardly feel them here.
Russian vinegret

Russian vinegret

The best way to spend as less time as possible is to boil all ingredients the day before you need them. To cook the Vinegret salad we need the following ingredients:

boiled potatoes and carrots

boiled potatoes and carrots

Peel as many potatoes and carrots as you like. I always cook a full pot of vinegret as my family really likes it, but I offer you to try it’s taste first,  take just one or two of each ingredient and try to find the perfect balance of ingredients, that is a matter of taste.

pilled potatoes and carrots

peeled potatoes and carrots

boiled and peeled beet

boiled and peeled beet

We also need a preserved kidney beans, (pour off the liquid ) I prefer white beans, but you can also find and use red kidney beans

preserved kidney beans

preserved kidney beans

salted cucumbers and salted cabbage

salted cucumbers and salted cabbage

I always buy pickled cucumbers and pickled cabbage (sauerkraut) in the market.  Salted/pickled cabbage and cucumbers have a sour-salt taste, very crispy and juicy.

To make all ingredients look like a salad you have to spend just a couple of minutes. Dice all vegetables (except cabbage and kidney beans of course) as shown in the pics:

potato and carrot diced

potato and carrot diced

beet and salted cucumbers diced, salted cabbage added

beet and salted cucumbers diced, salted cabbage added

Than mix everything together, add a little vegetable oil or olive oil  and leave for a couple of minutes to give all mixed ingredient a chance to exchange their flavours.  Enjoy!

vinegret. Russian vegetarian salad

vinegret. Russian vegetarian salad

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Zoran July 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

ava from kefir cheese October 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

That looks delicious. I wonder if you can add other spices, herbs to flavor it more…
Maybe some cheese? salad sauce?
Nonetheless, can’t wait to try this one myself with a nice brew of kefir smoothie.
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Amy from FreebieJeebies October 31, 2009 at 4:33 pm

I have to say that this isn’t the most appetising recipe I’ve seen on this website, but as long as the dressing isn’t very acidic, it would prbably be good. I’m just a more sweet person anyway, and I dont’ much care for salad, but I do love beetroot, so we’ll see!

Glenna November 5, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Thank you for sharing vegetable recipes. I am a vegan, but love to eat and try new recipes. I want to try the Russian vegetarian salad with rosemary. It sounds so good.
Thanks for sharing.

Liza December 7, 2009 at 8:30 am

Vinegret is best with chopped fresh dill! Just a tip to all the readers. :] I make vinegret the same way, but I usually put peas instead of kidney beans and I don’t always put saurkraut!

Julie from New Years Eve Party Supplies December 11, 2009 at 2:00 am

This is a gorgeous salad! I don’t think I ever tried this one when I was in Russian – I had plenty of beets and potatoes, but never in this combination. Thanks for sharing!
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Mick from Teacher Software December 18, 2009 at 9:21 pm


This is my first time on your blog and I really like it. I already learned three things from this article alone:
- pickles are salted cucumbers
- kraut is salted cabbage
- vinegret is Russian.

I am going to try this dish…my girlfriend and I are eating healthier lately (salads, smaller portions etc.) so this would be perfect!

thanks for the recipe!


Jennifer from Natural Hair Restoration January 7, 2010 at 2:47 am

This salad looks like it would taste great with Bar-Be- Que. Smoked pork or spare ribs to be specific. I will add this to my recipe book. Thank you!
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Wow. I don’t think it can get any better. Gorgeous and healthy salad. Ideal to start of the day. I always stick to salads more than other food. Appreciate the effort. Cheers

Human Hair Extensions January 23, 2010 at 5:18 am

Interesting indeed. I’m a huge fan of vegetables. And this blog gave me some awesome insights on them. I’m surely going to try this out. Cheers January 27, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Thanks for sharing the salad recipes. I would definitely like to check out the Russian Vinegret as you have said that the taste of boiled beet and carrot would be absolutely different in this one.

Recipes for cooking February 4, 2010 at 4:54 am

Looks delicious your russian vegetarian salad. I am not for normal a vegetarian but exeptions like this are possible :-) Thank you for posting this amazing recipe.

Herbalife February 20, 2010 at 6:17 am

Certainly mouth watering. A salad is my favorite dinner meal. After work I really dont have the time and energy to prepare a meal and I always rely on salads as they are easy to make, healthy and helps me stay in track with my diet.

Mike from Products for Hair Loss March 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Vinegret is pronounced not like [vee-nee-grate], but [vee-nee-gret]. It’s a closed syllable and that’s how Russians pronounce that.
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Julia from recessedtoiletpaperholder March 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

I’ve always made it with lima beans instead of kidney beans, I think it makes it more buttery. Delicious dish! But why limit it to New Years Eve?

June from windowtreatments March 12, 2010 at 1:19 am

Every time we visit our Russian friends in New York City, they make vinegret for us. That’s because I always ASK for it before the visit! :)
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Gordon from shoeshelves March 15, 2010 at 5:40 am

I’m fortunate enough to have a Russian wife who makes vinegret all the time, and I can’t get enough of it!
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Brian from best wireless laser printer March 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Vinegret is one of my favorite salads that I often prefer over other high calories fatty foods. In my opinion, Russian foods and most precisely Vinegret salad is a great food item for those who are weight conscious and who love vegetables. I have made it a regular part of my diet and really love it.
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Familys Forvacation March 31, 2010 at 8:46 am

This looks very tasty, I like Russian food, but I had never the opportunity to try it, unfortunately.

love weight loss April 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

Thanks for sharing story with us. I wanna try the Russian vegetarian salad with rosemary. It sounds so good.

thanks for the recipe!

I Hate My GirlFreind June 14, 2010 at 5:54 pm

wow really hello wow !! simple in love with that Russian vegetarian Salad. and looking very delicious and tasty. have to try it out for sure. Great and Rocking One ! !

Ejvind from latterkursus August 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

As a vgetarian, I am always looking for ways to make my food good looking and good tasting. Good recipe thanks. Vinegret will be on the table soon :-)

iamnotobese August 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm

To tell you the truth, I hate boiled beets and carrots too. But the recipe you mentioned seems so yummy that I really feel like trying it out. I will take your word for it that the carrots and beets will taste different in this salad. It’s so colorful and looks very nutritious. Thanks.

Mitchael from skin tags August 26, 2010 at 2:37 am

Vinegret is very delicious. I like russian food, especially Borsch and Pelmeni…

Health & beauty care September 7, 2010 at 9:42 am

These Russian dishes looks delicious, I’m looking for a restaurant near my town soon. Thanks for posting, you make me hungry.
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Selina213 from Beaded Napkin Rings September 13, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Looks very interesting. Actually its not that much different that some of the salads we have here, i wish you could try them.
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Jean from commercial finance September 21, 2010 at 12:39 am

This is a mouth watery salad. It’s so easy to make . I will try this. This is great for small family gatherings.

YourName from YourKeywords September 25, 2010 at 1:13 am

I love it! I really love salads. I definitely try this Vinegret. Thanks for this post. Your picture is also great.
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David from mole removal September 25, 2010 at 2:00 am

I was deeply intrigue here on this site. I recently commented on the page where Lelik introduced Holodets or Jellied minced meat, I very much thankful for the information I got from the author. I am having some gut sense to find new menus for me to apply for my own satisfaction and when I stumbled here I got myself very much pleased. The said menus here are very tempting I would definitely try this one thank you so much!

wheat grass October 6, 2010 at 1:24 am

I am not a solid vegetarian, but I love eating any forms of potato…

This article really caught my interest, the photos of the Vinegret are so great that i wanted to try them.

Damon from Settlement Company May 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Hey Lelik,
While I certainly know this is much better for me and as nice as the pictures of it look, I just don’t think I could give up a great cheeseburger to munch on this instead. I could for a day, but that would be my max ;-)
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