Korean Beet Salad

This is probably the shortest post I’ve written so far. It’s like those before and after pictures – good for a contrast between the two of them, and there is nothing more to say.


Here are Harry, Ron, and Hermione before, ready for all kinds of exciting adventures.


Many adventures,harrowing escapes, and life lessons later, they are still our favorite lovable magic heroes, but matured and much improved.

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So here is the “before.” I simply used the basic recipe for Korean carrot salad and did the same with beets. There were two Korean villages near Odessa, and the farmers used to bring to the market outrageous size carrots, onions, and garlic. I remember that we actually called them “Korean onions” etc. as if it were a name brand. Because of that, Korean carrot salad was quite common in our house. I hear that now Korean cuisine, characterized by grated carrots and lots of garlic and hot pepper, is gaining popularity in the former Soviet Union. As to my salad, what you see is what you get! Grate the beets and ginger, squeeze lots of garlic into it, dress it with apple cider vinegar and just a little splash of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and put in in the fridge for a couple of hours.

While your salad is maturing and improving in the fridge, you can listen to this beautiful Korean song. Without understanding a word, you can feel the love and the longing!

Meanwhile, as a curious cat, I looked up Korean salads on the internet. Lo and behold, there it was, Korean beet salad, and plenty of different variations of it. Most of them use cooked or canned beets, and most of them also add sugar. Well, I already made it with raw beets, and I didn’t want to add sweetener until I tasted it in its final version.


And it was good, and sweet, and delicious without a sweetener, but if you like it sweet, go for it – who am I to say no? And if you want to make it real Korean by adding tons of hot pepper of any kind – do it, by all means!


  • 2 – 3 medium size young beets, grated
  • 1 square inch of ginger, grated
  • 2 – 3 large cloves of garlic, squeezed
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • A splash of olive oil
  • Optional: sugar or xylitol
  • Optional: hot pepper


  • Scrub beets well. Peel ginger. Grate together.
  • Add squeezed garlic, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Optional: add sweetener and/or hot pepper.
  • Mix thoroughly, cover, refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Mix again before serving. Garnish with fresh cilantro.







25 Comments Add yours

  1. payel says:

    Very nice salad recipe!

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it!

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  2. It looks very nice indeed 🙂 Beets are great 🙂 I make various salads that are quite similar, so I’m going to call them ‘Korean’ now 🙂 I don’t use garlic but celeriac or asafoetida make up for it (or so I think, I’ve never eaten garlic). Ginger, on the other hand, is plentiful in most of my salads 🙂

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it. The advantage to eating lots of garlic is that Dracula never comes near this house. And I’ve never used asafoetida, so I guess this is a good time to try.

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      1. It stinks as well (like rotten onions), but not when it’s in the dish itself 🙂 I wouldn’t smell it before putting it into the dish, though. And it’s better when cooked-but my Indian friends convinced me to add a bit to salads and it does work for me (I wouldn’t sprinkle it generously, though).

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      2. I don’t have a sense of smell so it makes no difference to me, but my husband does, and I am not sure how it would affect him.

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      3. Ah, I forgot about it! I can’t imagine taste without smell (will experiment later-as I do).

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      4. Taste without smell is more refined, just as hearing without vision. I haven’t lost – I gained!

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      5. Good point. I guess my taste would improve if I didn’t sniff at everything all the time. I have a good sense of smell and I rely on it a lot. When I can’t smell I lose weight (and I’m rather insignificant in posture at the best of times) so I dread the cold/flu season…

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      6. Why doesn’t it work for me – losing weight, that is!

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  3. Sumith Babu says:

    Any thing with beet, love it. Thanks for this share Dolly:)

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    1. Thank you, Sumith! Are you also calling it Korean?

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  4. [ Smiles ] Now, that is one very delicious salad and I love beets too!

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    1. Thank you, and since I can’t e-mail it to you, you’ll have to make it yourself!

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      1. [ Laughs ] Fair enough!


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  6. Julie Zimmer says:

    Love the simplicity in this salad! Must try!


    1. Thank you, I am glad you like it – enjoy!


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