Simple Beet Salad (Ensalada Russa)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a fairly typical Costa Rican recipe for beet salad using the holy trinity of Costa Rican cooking: Onions, cilantro, and sweet red pepper. Please don't use anything other than fresh beets, it just wont compare.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Boil the beets with their skins on so they do not lose their color.
  2. When they are soft enough to easily pierce with a fork, let them cool in a tub of cold water until they are cold enough to peel. The skin will come off easily if you rub it gently with your fingers.
  3. Dice the beets into small squares.
  4. Add diced onion, cilantro, and sweet pepper.
  5. Add mayonnaise and gently mix thoroughly.
  6. Don't forget to add lots of salt if you'd like (I LOVE SALT).


Most Helpful

If you like beets, this is to die for.

schrockmom8 July 14, 2013

Delicious! Beets are typcially appreciated, but family and friends love this recipe.

pbenninghove August 26, 2008

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