Polish Beet Salad {Surówka z Buraczków}

Before you say I don’t like beets, give me a chance. If you’re of Polish descent, beet juice flows through your veins. Trust me. Like cabbage, this stuff is in our DNA. If you’re not of Polish descent, I’ll make you a believer yet. You won’t be the first one either.

First off, no more canned beets for you… canned beets don’t even taste like beets really do… sweet with an earthy undertone. No shortcuts or substitutes this time. Roasted beets are delicious on their own, and with just a little help, they will do even better in a hot or cold salad.

I personally love beets. I’d almost say it’s my comfort food. I cook them often and I’m surprised I’ve not published many recipes on here yet. I’ll have to work on that.

Polish salad

Beets are cheap and plenty in Poland, perfect combo for creating many recipes for cold or hot soups (one of which is Christmas must, recipe here), salads and even hot sides. Some call for just the root, and some use the whole vegetable, no waste.

When beets are in season, we’d make jars and jars of them for the winter. When in need for a quick dinner side, downstairs I go to grab a jar and whip up a salad in a flash. Sometimes, I’d eat them out of a jar as a snack. When done right, they are just so pleasantly mild and yet defined,  and the canning process here in the US just does not do them justice.

I’m starting off with a recipe for a cold side salad.

Polish Beet Salad {Surówka z Buraczków}

  • Yields: About 4 servings (2.5 cups)
  • Prep Time: 1 .5 hrs
  • Cook Time: 15 min


  • 3 medium beets
  • 1/4 of an onion
  • 1 tsp of oil
  • Juice of 1/2 of a large lemon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 1/2 tsp white vinegar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Cut stems off beets and scrub to clean.

  2. Bake covered for about 1 hour. Take out and set aside to cool.

  3. Once cooled off, peel and grate on the largest vegetable shredder. Add chopped onion, oil, lemon juice, salt and sugar. Mix and refrigerate to cool.*


*Mix before serving.

That is that! Serve with dinner as a side dish, or eat on its own. Enjoy and smacznego!

Let me know if you share my love for beets and what’s your favorite beet dish below in comments.



    1. I’ve never heard of “kurzaki”… can you explain what the dish was? Maybe I know a different name for it. Anna 😊❤️🇵🇱

    1. I have a recipe for shredded beets with sweet cream, swrved hot called “buraczki zasmażane”. Planned on posting soon. Anna 😊❤️🇵🇱

  1. I like barszcz but with the stalks boiled as well and poured over a mountain of mashed potatoes. It is difficult here in the UK to find beets with the leaves and stalks but when I can find them then its barszcz for the next few days. Also I like horseradish sauce and mix boiled beets into it as that takes away some of the bite but adds flavour to it.

    1. Yes, you’re talking about “barszcz ukraiński”, I’ll make the recipe for the blog soon. Keep cooking! Anna 😊❤️🇵🇱

  2. Hi Anna. Do you have any great meals that I could impress my girlfriend with? She is polish and I love the food. My favourite is Żurek… mmmmm…. she makes an amazing Żurek. Thanks for your help. Dzięki i smacznego.

    1. Allan, sorry for late reply… went to spam for some reason…

      Oh man! The bar is high!! 🙂 Go with your instincts! Is she a huge meat-eater? Maybe the meatballs (posted recently)? Easy and very tasty! Pair it with this beet salad and new potatoes topped with butter and dill.

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