Beet and Horseradish Relish (Ćwikla z burakow)

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Another delicious and very traditional Polish salad – Beets with horseradish relish – Cwikla z burakow. I would not say acquired taste is needed, but definitely you must be a fan of beets and spice. 

cwikla on a serving plate, slices of lemon, and fresh bread

If you like bold flavors this salad is for you – Cwikla z burakow! It’s a classic Polish dish. The combination of sweet beets and spicy horseradish is just fantastic. Pierogi, pork cutlet, chicken or fish, yes you can serve with cwikla. Plus, it’s so colorful and vibrant, it’s like a party on your plate! Have you made it before?

Why you will love this salad?

Versatility – this salad can be served as a side dish or a condiment, or topping for a sandwich, making it incredibly versatile.. 

Simple Ingredients – with just a handful of ingredients, this salad is easy to make and requires minimal preparation. 

Traditional flavor – cwikla z burakow is a traditional Polish dish that has been enjoyed for generations.

Comfort Food – sweet and earthy flavor of the beets combined with the spicy kick of the horseradish creates a comforting and satisfying dish. 

Healthy – beets are packed with essential nutrients like fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They’re also low in calories and high in antioxidants. Horseradish adds its own health benefits, including antibacterial properties and potential digestive benefits.

Ingredients, Variations and Substitutions 

Beets – are root vegetables known for their deep red color and sweet, earthy flavor. Choose fresh, firm beets without any blemishes. The size of the beets may vary, so adjust the cooking time accordingly. You can use pre-cooked beets to save time. Alternatively, you can substitute with other root vegetables like carrots or parsnips for a different flavor profile.

Horseradish – a pungent root vegetable with a spicy flavor often used as a condiment. Fresh horseradish provides the best flavor, but it can be quite strong, so adjust the amount to suit your taste. If you are making fresh horseradish at home make sure to grate it finely (I recommend using a food processor). If fresh horseradish is not available, you can use prepared horseradish from a jar. Adjust the quantity to taste, as prepared horseradish may be milder than fresh.

Lemon Juice – adds acidity and brightness to the dish. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is best for optimal flavor. You can substitute with other citrus juices like lime or orange, but keep in mind that it will alter the flavor slightly.

Sugar – balances the acidity and enhances the natural sweetness of the beets. You can use honey, maple syrup, or other sweeteners of your choice. 

Fine Sea Salt – enhances the flavors of the other ingredients and helps to balance the sweetness. Use fine sea salt for even distribution and adjust the amount according to your taste. Table salt or kosher salt are great substitutes. 

cwikla on a serving plate, glass with water, fresh dill, lemon wedges

Equipment you will need

  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Box grater or food processor
  • Mixing bowl and spoons.
  • Measuring spoons
  • Chef’s knife and cutting board.

Top Tips

Choose Fresh Beets – select fresh, firm beets without any blemishes for the best flavor and texture.

Use gloves when working with beets.

Bake – roast the beets until they are fork-tender. The cooking time will depend on the size of the beets, so check for doneness periodically. You can bake whole wrapped individually in foil, or cut them in halves.

Allow the baked beets to cool slightly before peeling them. This will make the peeling process easier and safer.

Taste the salad before serving and adjust the amount of lemon juice, sugar, and salt according to your preference.

Chill before serving for the best flavor. Refrigerate the salad for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

Step by step instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). 
  • Wash the beets thoroughly, then wrap them individually in aluminum foil. You can also cut them in half and place cut side down on the baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.

  • Roast the beets in the preheated oven for about 45-60 minutes, or until they are fork-tender.
  • Once the beets are cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly. Peel the cooled beets and grate or process in a food processor.

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the grated roasted beets and horseradish.
  • Add lemon juice, sugar, and salt, mix to combine with the beets.
  • Taste the salad and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. 
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the salad for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Once chilled, serve the Cwikla z burakow as a side dish or a condiment.

How to use this dish, best way to enjoy

As a Side Dish – Serve Cwikla z burakow alongside your favorite main courses, such as grilled meats, roasted chicken, or fish. Its vibrant colors and bold flavors make it a perfect complement to a wide variety of dishes.

As a Condiment – Use Cwikla z burakow as a flavorful condiment or topping for sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, or sausages. It adds a delightful sweetness and spiciness to any savory dish.

With Polish Cuisine: Enjoy Cwikla z burakow as part of a traditional Polish meal. Serve it alongside pierogi, kielbasa, golabki (stuffed cabbage rolls), or bigos (hunter’s stew) for an authentic Polish dining experience.

On Toast or Crackers – spread Cwikla z burakow on toast or crackers for a quick and delicious snack. Top it with some fresh herbs or crumbled feta cheese for extra flavor.

In Salads: Use Cwikla z burakow as an ingredient in other salads. Mix it with leafy greens, nuts, and cheese for a vibrant and flavorful salad.

With Cheese Platters: Serve Cwikla z burakow as part of a cheese platter. Its sweet and spicy flavors pair beautifully with a variety of cheeses, crackers, and fresh fruits.

cwikla on a serving plate, glass with water, fresh dill, lemon wedges

Storage instructions, reheating 

  • Refrigeration:
    • Place any leftover Cwikla z burakow in an airtight container.
    • Store the salad in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
    • Keep it away from strong-smelling foods to prevent absorption of odors.
  • Freezing (not recommended):
    • While it’s possible to freeze Cwikla z burakow, the texture may change upon thawing, and the salad may become watery.
    • If you must freeze it, place the salad in a freezer-safe container, leaving some space for expansion, and seal tightly.
    • Label the container with the date to track its freshness.
    • Freeze for up to 1-2 months.
  • Thawing and Reheating Frozen Cwikla: To thaw frozen Cwikla z burakow, transfer it to the refrigerator and let it thaw overnight.  
  • Alternatively, you can thaw it in the microwave using the defrost setting, but be cautious to prevent overheating.
  • Once thawed, gently stir the salad to redistribute any separated liquids.
  • Serve chilled or at room temperature; avoid reheating as it may affect the texture and flavor of the salad.
cwikla on a serving plate, glass with water, fresh dill, lemon wedges

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Cwikla z Burakow – Beets with horseradish salad

Sylwia Vaclavek
Are you a fan of bold, earthy and spicy flavors? Then make this Cwikla z burakow. You will love it. Very versatile salad that pairs with many dishes to create delicious whole meal.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Peeling, grating 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine Polish
Servings 4
Calories 57 kcal

Equipment

  • baking sheet
  • Foil
  • Mixing bowl and spoons
  • measuring spoons
  • Box grater or food processor
  • Chef's knife & cutting board
  • vegetable peeler

Ingredients
 
 

  • 5-6 whole beets unpeeled
  • 4-5 tablespoons horseradish peeled finely grated, see Instructions
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • teaspoon fine sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Wash the beets thoroughly, then wrap them individually in aluminum foil. You can also cut them in half and place cut side down on the baking sheet lined with aluminum foil.
  • Roast the beets in the preheated oven for about 45-60 minutes, or until they are fork-tender.
  • Once the beets are cooked, remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly. Peel the cooled beets and grate or process in a food processor.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the grated roasted beets and horseradish.
  • Add lemon juice, sugar, and salt, mix to combine with the beets.
  • Taste the salad and adjust the seasonings according to your preference.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate the salad for at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Once chilled, serve the Cwikla z burakow as a side dish or a condiment.

Notes

Use gloves when working with beets.
Bake – roast the beets until they are fork-tender. You can bake whole wrapped individually in foil, or cut them in halves.
Allow the baked beets to cool slightly before peeling them. 
Taste the salad before serving and adjust the amount of lemon juice, sugar, and salt according to your preference.
Chill before serving for the best flavor. Refrigerate the salad for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cupCalories: 57kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 2gFat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 337mgPotassium: 378mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 35IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
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Conclusion

Are you ready to give this salad a try? You wont be disappointed!

Cwikla z burakow is a delicious and versatile Polish salad that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether served as a side dish or used as a condiment, its vibrant colors and bold flavors are sure to impress. With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow steps, you can enjoy this traditional Polish dish in no time. So why wait? Give it a try and experience the irresistible taste of Cwikla z burakow for yourself!

finished cwikla in a glass bowl

FAQ

Can I use canned or pre-cooked beets?

Yes, you can use canned or pre-cooked beets to save time. Just make sure to drain and rinse canned beets before using them, and adjust the seasoning to taste since canned beets may already be seasoned.

How long does Cwikla z burakow last in the refrigerator?

Cwikla z burakow can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Can I freeze Cwikla z burakow?

It’s not recommended to freeze Cwikla z burakow, as the texture of the beets and horseradish may change once thawed. Read more HERE how to freeze and thaw cwikla.

Can I adjust the amount of horseradish?

Yes, you can adjust the amount of horseradish according to your taste preference. Start with a smaller amount and add more gradually until you reach your desired level of spiciness.

Can I substitute fresh horseradish with prepared horseradish from a jar?

Yes, you can substitute fresh horseradish with prepared horseradish from a jar. Just adjust the quantity to taste, as prepared horseradish may be milder than fresh.

Is Cwikla z burakow served warm or cold?

Cwikla z burakow is typically served cold, so it’s best to refrigerate it for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.

What can I serve Cwikla z burakow with?

Cwikla z burakow can be served as a side dish alongside grilled meats, roasted chicken, or fish. It can also be used as a condiment or topping for sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, or sausages. Click HERE to read more how to best enjoy Cwikla z Burakow.

Can I make Cwikla z burakow ahead of time?

Yes, you can make Cwikla z burakow ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to serve. In fact, the flavors tend to improve if allowed to sit for a few hours or overnight.

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