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The Best Ukrainian Salad Recipes (5 Must-Try Ideas)

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Fresh ingredients and traditional flavors come together in Ukrainian salad recipes. 

Need a beautiful picnic salad or a hearty salad for dinner? Not a problem! I’ve got this!

 Just pick up some veggies and enjoy these versatile salads from Ukraine!

Best Ukrainian Salad Recipes

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Vinaigrette (Ukrainian Beetroot Salad)
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First up, we have a Ukrainian beet salad. It’s made of boiled beetroot, carrots, potatoes, dill pickles and red or yellow onions.

The colorful veggies are tossed with a light vinaigrette dressing made of vegetable oil, salt and black pepper.

I sometimes add white beans to my vinaigrette salad for a complete meal.

Olivye (Ukrainian Potato Salad)

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Also known as Olivier salad, this famous salad features boiled and diced potatoes, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, pickles, ham (or bologna), onions and green peas. 

All the ingredients are mixed in a big salad bowl. The salad dressing can be simply mayonnaise or a combination of mayo and Dijon mustard.

Some people like using chicken instead of bologna and sweet corn instead of peas.

You can also use vegan mayonnaise and skip the eggs and ham for a plant-based Ukrainian dish

Feel free to give my classic Olivye salad a go! It can grace your next Ukrainian-themed party table.

Give this awesome recipe a try! 🙂

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Ukrainian


  • 4 large potatoes (boiled and diced)
  • 4 medium carrots (boiled and diced)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs (diced)
  • 1 cup boiled green peas (150 g)
  • 1 cup diced dill pickles (150 g)
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham or bologna (150 g)
  • ½ cup diced onion (70 g)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (230 g)
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh dill or parsley for garnish (optional)


Prepare Ingredients:

  • Boil the potatoes, carrots, and eggs until they are fully cooked. Allow them to cool before peeling and dicing.
    4 large potatoes, 4 medium carrots, 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • Boil the green peas until tender. If using frozen peas, you can thaw them.
    1 cup boiled green peas
  • Dice the pickles, ham (or bologna), and onion.
    1 cup diced dill pickles, 1 cup diced cooked ham or bologna, ½ cup diced onion


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the diced potatoes, carrots, eggs, green peas, pickles, ham (or bologna), and onion.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and Dijon mustard until well combined.
    1 cup mayonnaise, 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Pour the dressing over the salad and gently toss until all ingredients are coated.


  • Cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. This allows the flavors to meld and enhances the taste.


  • Before serving, check the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
  • Garnish with fresh dill or parsley if desired.
    Fresh dill or parsley for garnish


  • Serve the Ukrainian Olivye salad as a side dish or as a main course during festive occasions. It pairs well with bread or as a topping for crackers.

Shuba (Ukrainian Herring Salad)

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The name “Shuba” translates to “fur coat” in Ukrainian.

This unique cold salad is made of layers of salted herring and onions, boiled potatoes, carrots, beets and mayonnaise.

I’m sure you’ll be impressed by how the flavors come together in this recipe. 

Cucumber Salad

A bowl of cucumber salad on the table | Girl Meets Food

Crunchy cucumbers can contribute to a lot of great salads. My favorite Ukrainian cucumber salad is simply cucumber slices or sticks dressed with olive oil, vinegar, garlic and fresh dill.

I recommend using white wine vinegar for the salad. If you only have white vinegar, better cut the amount by half as it’s more acidic.

I also love a creamy salad with cucumbers, radishes, green onions and sour cream. It can make a great addition to a vegetarian Ukrainian menu.

Cucumber Tomato Onion Salad

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Tomatoes are a great addition to cucumbers in salads. A very simple salad you can make is tomatoes, cucumber and red onion drizzled in olive oil and vinegar.

You can add some feta cheese and olives for a Mediterranean twist.

When I want a creamy cucumber tomato salad, I make a sour cream dressing. It reminds me of summertime in the countryside where it’s a go-to salad.

 Cabbage Salad with Cucumber

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This salad is very fresh and crunchy. It’s usually made with green cabbage, cucumber and dill.

The salad ingredients are tossed with a zesty dressing of apple cider vinegar, sunflower oil, sugar and salt.

I think it’s a great spin on the regular coleslaw which makes a refreshing side dish. 

Let me know your favorite Ukrainian salad recipes!

If you liked these ideas, why not check out other original foods from Ukraine? You might want to start with borshch, one of the best Ukrainian soups known.

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