I am writing this blog post in a very, veeeery relaxed mode at the moment. I just came home from swimming and then a hot, nice sauna! Once you start enjoying sauna, you easily get addicted to it! Anyway, after that very Finnish sauna, I had to come home and continue the blog post series about Finnish Christmas cuisine! So here is a colourful and delicious salad for your Christmas table (and of course you can also make it in other times of the year too!). If you know a different version of this salad, write about it in the comments below!
The Finnish word for Christmas table is “Joulupöytä” (Joulu: Christmas, pöytä: table; simple enough, eh?). Rosolli salad is a very colourful and easy part of traditional joulupöytä.
I’ve been living in Finland for 5.5 years now but I have only been once in a traditional Finnish Christmas table – 3 years ago, I was invited to my friend’s family’s home in Nuuksio for Christmas dinner, and I ate and ate and ate!
The recipe, as you will see below is very easy. There is just a bit chopping to do, and a bit of boiling. But this simple recipe with simple ingredients makes a very humble but delicious salad. You can serve it mixed with the sauce or you can serve sauce separately.
So go ahead and try it!
Difficulty: ★☆☆ (easy)
(serves 4 people)
4 beetroots boiled and cut into cubes, or equivalent amount of pickled beetroot (I used pickled beetroot)
2 potatoes, boiled and cut into cubes
2 carrots, boiled and cut into cubes
1 onion, cut into small pieces
1 apple, cut into small pieces
2-3 pickled cucumbers, cut into small cubes (the original recipe I adopted this from, on maku.fi, says only 1 cucumber but I love pickled cucumber so I used more..)
1 dl. / 6 tbsp. + 2 tsp. heavy cream (kuohukerma in Finnish)
1/2 tsp. vinegar (the original recipe uses white vinegar, but I used organic apple cider vinegar as it is my favourite..)
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1. Put all the salad ingredients in a bowl / plate and mix.
2. In a separate bowl, put cream and whip a little.
3. Add vinegar, sugar and salt in the cream and whip a bit more. Serve mixed with salad or separately.