Colorful and hearty beet and potato salad Russe recipe can be served for a special occasion or any day of the week. It’s flavorful, delicious, and packed with nutrition. This salad is inspired by the Haitian potato beet salad, and it’s made with root vegetables and creamy mayo-based dressing.
If you are looking for something more exciting than a traditional potato salad– this is a fantastic option!
This salad is hearty and stores well; it’s great to make ahead and serve later.
It is made with nutritious beetsand carrots.
It’s bright and colorful; serve it at the party, on special occasions, or surprise kids with pink potato salad!
It’s loaded with vegetables and can be served either as a side dish or main course.
Potatoes. Choose a waxy potato variety, like yellow potatoes.
Beets. Choose medium-sized beets. Cook your own or buy the pre-cooked kind.
Frozen Peas. You can use frozen green peas, thawed in a colander for 15 minutes.
Mayonnaise and olive oil. Choose quality mayo and oil, I like to use mayo made with avocado oil.
Spices. Salt and black pepper.
How to Make It
Step 1. Cook vegetables. Add potatoes, beets, and carrots to the large pot, cover with water and bring to boil. Once boiling, slightly reduce the heat and cook till cooked and easily pierced with a fork.
Step 2. Peel potatoes, peel beets, and carrots. Dice all the cooked vegetables. Add to the serving bowl.
Step 3. Add peas, mayo, and olive oil. Gently mix to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Tips For Success
Use quality mayo and olive oil.
Don’t overcook the vegetables; you don’t want them to have a mushy and watery texture.
Allow vegetables to cool before chopping.
Please don’t skip the onions; they add a nice crunch, dice them small.
To keep the salad from getting watery, add the dressing just before serving.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
For a bolder flavor, you can add a teaspoon of mustard to the mayo dressing,
Or you can mix sour cream or Greek yogurt with mustard instead of using mayo for a more creamy dressing.
This salad will taste even better the next day.
To save time, you can use pre-cooked beets since these are more available now.
To cool vegetables faster, fill the pot with cold water once cooked.
You can use more ingredients to make it your own and suit your taste better:
Hard-boiled eggs for added protein and flavor.
Celery root for freshness and crunch.
Diced green bell pepper.
Fresh dill or fresh parsley.
How to store Haitian Beet Salad
This salad can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to four days.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is traditional salad Russe?
The salad Russe from Haiti is a dish that is traditionally served during the Christmas season. It is made with a variety of vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, peas, and cabbage, and is typically served with a vinaigrette dressing.
Cook and cool. Rinse potatoes, beets, and carrots. Add in the large pot, cover with water and bring to boil. Once boiling, slightly reduce the heat and boil till cooked. To test, pock with a fork to check if it's soft. Carrot and potatoes will get cooked first; take them out and allow beets to cook longer. Once cooked, cool vegetables before dicing.
Chop and dice. Peel potatoes, beets, and carrots. Dice and add to the serving bowl.
Combine and serve. To the bowl with beets, add peas, mayo, olive oil. Mix to combine. Add salt to taste.
Use quality mayo and olive oil.Don’t overcook vegetables.Allow vegetables to cool before chopping.Don’t skip the onions, dice it small.Dressing variations. You can add a teaspoon of mustard to the dressing or mix sour cream or yogurt with mustard instead of using mayo.This salad will taste better the next day.To keep the salad from getting watery, add the dressing just before serving.Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document her recipes and share home cooking tips. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!