Traditional Beet Salad Recipe right from Germany to Ontario

This Traditional Beet Salad Recipe was contributed by Eric from Stirling, Ontario, Canada. It came from his German Grandmother who made it every fall when the beets were harvested.

Eric writes:

"This simple traditional vegetable salad recipe was brought from Southern Germany to Eastern Ontario in the early 1900's when my grandmother immigrated to Canada.

It has been in the family going on 4 generations now, and remains unchanged as a simple salad recipe and still loved by all who eat it. A real traditional recipe."

Recipe for Traditional Beet Salad


  • 1/2 cup ((120 ml) white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup (180 ml) white sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) celery salt OR 1 1/2 tsp (7.5 ml) celery seed
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) Maggi
  • 1 small onion - diced
  • 1 bunch of beets (about 4-5)


1. Boil beets until tender - let cool - remove skins & slice

2. Prepare traditional dressing in a separate bowl.

3. Add dressing ....stir twice over a 24 hr span (12 Hrs refrigerated period) and serve.



For the best flavour this traditional beet salad needs to "sit", refrigerated, for at least 24 hours before serving.

Did you know

- that a beet and it's juice can help beat cancer.

- that each beet contains iron and can therefore help people with iron deficiency.

- that eating beets can prevent anemia.

- that beets can help ward off infections in the urinary tract

- that eating a beet regularly can help to pass kidney stones

- that with all the vitamins and minerals in beets that they help you to maintain complete health.

- that beets are high in fiber

- that beets can help to lower the "bad" cholesterol.

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