This beet salad works great as a side dish. It's garlicky, creamy, sweet, a little crunchy, and a little salty. Enjoy this authentic Russian recipe that everyone in my family always makes.

Irene
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the beets into a saucepan and fill with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat until tender enough to pierce with a fork, about 20 minutes. Drain and rub off peels. Run under cold water until cool enough to handle, then grate using the largest setting. Place in a serving bowl.

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  • Stir the walnuts, prunes and garlic into the beets, then mix in the mayonnaise and season to taste with salt.

Nutrition Facts

295.6 calories; 3.6 g protein; 26.5 g carbohydrates; 7 mg cholesterol; 159 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2008
I'm Russian myself and we've been making this salad as long as I can remember! Never used prunes though just boiled beets walnuts garlic and mayo. Make sure you chop walnuts coarsely for the best taste! And one more thing: I think you don't need extra salt with all this mayo in the salad. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/13/2009
This was not my favorite salad. Perhaps because I omitted the mayo. Read More
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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2008
I'm Russian myself and we've been making this salad as long as I can remember! Never used prunes though just boiled beets walnuts garlic and mayo. Make sure you chop walnuts coarsely for the best taste! And one more thing: I think you don't need extra salt with all this mayo in the salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/18/2008
If you love beets you'll love this little salad. I made it the first time just to get rid of some fresh beets that I had and didn't want to lose. Now I buy beets just to make this salad. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/04/2008
Made this yesterday. Wonderful. Authentic Russian salad does not use prunes so omitted them. However try adding pomegrante seeds to salad. Superb!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2008
This is one of my favorite salads. Mayo tastes excellent with beets and prunes. Excellent recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2008
DELICIOUS. I included some sliced Vidalia onion but other than that followed the recipe exactly. DEFINITELY in my luncheon rotation; I'll be making this regularly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
Truly Wonderful! Even though I over-processed it in the food processor it was tasty and crunchy and garlicky and everything that was quoted about it! I used almonds instead of walnuts because they're better for you and I would use either plain yogurt or light mayo to help alleviate the "fatty" texture. REALLY GOOD! You'll enjoy it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/18/2008
Seemed like kind of a strange recipe but it turned out great! Very easy to make too. Only thing was the garlic seemed a little much--will cut back on the garlic next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2009
Not bad. I omitted the prunes because other reviewers said that was the more authentic route. It tasted like...beets. Nice combination and quite easy. It was my first time using beets & peeling & grating them was very easy. This is a vibrantly colored dish which could be very suitable for entertainment purposes. My mom liked it; Dad didn't. I used 3 beets 2 garlice cloves and 1/3 cup of the walnuts and 1/3 cup mayonnaise. Nice mixture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2008
Loved it. Have made it several times since. Unusual combination that goes together wonderfully. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/13/2009
This was not my favorite salad. Perhaps because I omitted the mayo. Read More
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