Pickled Beets (Cwikla)

READY IN: 20mins
Recipe by Rita1652

A great Polish side dish for all you beet lovers.Serve over greens for a nice salad or all alone. Check out my polish Potato and Beet Salad Potato and Beet Salad which has beets in it. We serve the potato salad for Easter.

Top Review by lauralie41

Wish I could give this recipe more than five stars! I used to run when my mom had beets but these are wonderful. I did use 2 cans of beets but 3 would have been better. The horseradish was prepared and I used caraway seeds instead of cloves. Perfect sweet and sour flavor, will be making these again! Thank you Rita for a great recipe. Made and reviewed for ZWT 4.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups sliced cooked fresh beets or 3 cups canned beets
  • 1 large onion, sliced into thin rings
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh horseradish or 4 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • 8 whole cloves or 12 teaspoon caraway seed
  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Layer beets and onions in a glass or earthenware bowl, sprinkling layers with horseradish and cloves.
  2. Boil vinegar with sugar and salt 2 minutes.
  3. Pour over the beets.
  4. Cover; refrigerate 24 hours.

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