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Swedish Beet Potato Apple Salad (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Sharon Palmer

My Swedish husband makes this traditional Swedish Beet Potato Apple Salad recipe each year for the holidays. It is pure Sweden—a country that relies upon cellar produce, such as root vegetables (beets, carrots, turnips, potatoes, rutabagas) and apples during the cold, harsh winters. When you whip this salad up, it turns a lovely shade of fuchsia, perfect to brighten up any dreary day. While it’s the perfect holiday dish, I think it’s yummy all year long. The original family version of this recipe calls for sill (pickled herring) and cream, but you can easily turn this into a plant-based recipe by swapping out a few ingredients, which I have done in my recipe.

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Swedish Beet Potato Apple Salad (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


This vegan recipe for the classic Swedish Beet Potato Apple Salad is filled with colorful root vegetables and apples.



  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled, diced
  • 5 whole pickled beets, diced (reserve liquid)
  • 2 apples, peeled, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 1 dill pickle, finely diced
  • ¼ cup reserved pickled beet liquid
  • 8 ounce vegan cream cheese (i.e. Daiya, Tofutti, or Follow Your Heart)
  • 2 tablespoons plain soy milk, unsweetened
  • Black pepper to taste


  1. Place diced potatoes in a medium pot, cover with water, cover with a lid and boil until potatoes are tender (about 15 minutes). Drain and add cooked potatoes to a mixing bowl. Cool slightly.
  2. Add diced beets, apples, onion, pickle, and reserved beet liquid. Mash slightly with a potato masher, just to soften ingredients. Do not overmash, consistency should be smooth with chunks.
  3. Whip vegan cream cheese and soymilk with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy.
  4. Fold vegan whipped cream mixture into salad and stir just until well combined. Season as desired with black pepper.
  5. Chill until serving time.
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: Swedish


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 5 g
  • Sodium: 117 mg
  • Fat: 2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: vegan salad, swedish salad

For other plant-based salad recipes, try the following:

Sweet Potato Corn Salad with Chili Lime Vinaigrette
Confetti Potato Salad
Cantaloupe Salad with Radishes and Pumpkin Seeds

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