Beetroot and Herring Salad. Rosolje

Traditional Estonian Colorful Beetroot and Herring Salad Rosolje


rosolje1(1)Rosolje is a traditional salad, as Estonian Potato Salad, where all families has their own recipe.

For sure it contains  beetroot. And as says name ” rosol” (means (in Russian) cucumber brine,)  salted/marinated/fermented cucumbers is very important, as well.

Usually we make this with salted /marinated herring. But I have eaten Rosolje without herring and with meat or without meat and fish, as well.

Rosolje second meaning in Estonian is mess, diverse, colorful. So, this is my recipe

Colorful Beetroot and Herring Salad

  • Servings: 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light colorful salad



  • 3 boiled beets ( ca 400 g)
  • 2 boiled potatoes (ca 200 g). Boil unpeeled, and peel after boiling
  • 2 apples
  • 2 -3 pickled cucumbers
  • 1 onion
  • 100 g salted/marinated herring fillet
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs
  • 100 g canned peas
  • 2,5 dl sour cream
  • 2,5 dl mayonnaise
  • salt, pepper, mustard, cucumber liquid



  1. Cut all ingredients in to the cubes and put into a bowl
  2. Pour  in the sour cream and mayonnaise, and season, mix thoroughly
  3. Let stand in a cool place. Decorate



4 comments on “Beetroot and Herring Salad. Rosolje”

  1. Tere Austraaliast ! Häid Pühi ! Am ‘teaching’ an American expat living in Southern Sweden about Estonian manners and mores . . .born in Tallinn by-the-way . . .He came across with your blog and I am delighted !

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