December 19, 2011

Finnish Christmas with a Twist: Rosolli - Christmas Salad


My 'Finnish Christmas with a Twist'-menu would not be complete without rosolli, a humble vegetable salad that so unconditionally belongs to a Finnish Christmas table. You may have noticed the abundance of beetroot recipes in this blog lately, but please allow me to squeeze one more in, as the gorgeously ruby root vegetable is definitely the quintessential ingredient in this salad. 

I've tweaked the dish slightly, replacing normal potato with sweet potato, adding in some spring onions and leaving out the traditional gherkins plus the sour cream sauce. Nevertheless, this simple salad will most certainly be part of my Christmas table and I am more than happy to share the recipe with you.


(serves 4-6)

3 medium size beetroot
3-4 carrots
1 medium size sweet potato
2 green onions
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of sea salt

1. Wash all the vegetables well (do not peel the vegetables at this point as they will hold their shape better with peels on) and place the beetroot in a large casserole. Top the beets with water and bring the water to boil. Let simmer until the beets are just tender. Drain and leave to cool. 

2. Cut the carrots and sweet potato in equal size chunks and place in a casserole. Top with water and boil until tender. Drain (reserve this water as it makes a delicious broth!) and leave to cool.

3. Peel the vegetables and cut into small cubes. Thinly slice the green onion and add that in. Season the vegetables with sherry vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt. Serve as a side dish.


  1. I LOVE this salad and it's honestly the best thing I've ever learned to make from Panu :D We still do it with soured cream, but no potato - just beetroot, carrot and gherkin. YUM!

  2. A fabulous and colorful combo!



  3. Maria, this is just gorgeous. I'm saving this for the next time I get beets with my csa.

  4. i love how you come uo with simple, easy & healthy recipes...happy holidays !

  5. I feel like a terrible Finn for not liking beetroot, but this recipe just might change my mind. It is a feast for the eyes at the very least! Thanks for sharing, Maria.

  6. Maria...this salad is so gloriously red! Love it! And so fresh too!

  7. I love your colourful and healthy variation, but my Estonian 'rosolje' will still arrive on the table with ham, eggs, herring, sour cucumbers and a light sour cream/mustard sauce :) ! Oh, potato too! Sinful, but . . .

  8. Great recipe as usual, thanks!

  9. Never apologize for more beetroot recipes! This looks gorgeous!

  10. Maria, love these Finnish Christmas recipes. The salad looks so vibrant and healthy and simple. Everything I love. Happy holidays!


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