Authentic Swedish Beetroot Salad

by Eleanor Craig
Authentic Swedish Beetroot Salad

Authentic Swedish Beetroot Salad, in its country of origin Sweden called Rödbetssallad, is a popular side dish and an often used ingredient for a sandwich with Swedish meatballs, the Köttbullar sandwich. 

For sure, there are more easy recipes for Authentic Swedish Beetroot Salad in Sweden than moose, so we picked one which sounded tasty and ultimately convinced us. Many Rödbetssallad recipes use just mayonnaise, and even if we don’t have to watch what we eat, we mostly replace parts of the mayonnaise with yogurt and buttermilk, as it is much more delicious.

Authentic Swedish Beetroot Salad

Authentic Swedish Beetroot Salad

Eleanor Craig
This Authentic Swedish Beetroot Salad recipe also uses horseradish, Dijon mustard and finely minced pickled cucumbers to achieve a fine flavor.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Swedish
Servings 2 people
Calories 247 kcal


  • 2 medium beetroots
  • ½ medium apple
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 medium pickles pickled cucumbers or cornichons
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish (freshly grated or preserved)
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper


  • Cook beetroots in boiling salted water, then peel them and grate them roughly or cut them in stripes or slices.
  • Finely grate the apple and roughly grate the red onion and mix it with the beetroot.
  • Mix a salad dressing from mayonnaise, yogurt, buttermilk, horseradish, Dijon mustard, finely minced pickled cucumbers, salt and pepper, pour it over the beetroot-onion-apple mix and mix together. Let the Swedish beetroot salad infuse in the fridge for at least a few hours, best overnight. To save labor and time, You can also use pre-cooked beetroots. Some Swedish recipes for Rödbetssallad use pickled beetroots, as well.


Calories: 247kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 873mgPotassium: 823mgFiber: 8gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 261IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 2mg

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