Serbian Sweet Sauerkraut Salad with Oil Recipe

Sweet sauerkraut
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  • 20 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 bowl (6-8 servings)

This recipe for Serbian sweet sauerkraut salad features diced bell peppers, onion, and celery and is dressed in a neutral oil like canola or vegetable.

Compare this with an oil-free sauerkraut salad recipe.

To reduce some of the tartness, you can drain the kraut and rinse it, if you desire, and then squeeze it dry.

This is best if made the day before and has a refrigerated shelf life of about 2 weeks. It's perfect for picnics and cookouts because mayonnaise, a food with the potential of becoming hazardous when not refrigerated, isn't used. ​

What You'll Need

  • For the Salad:
  • 1 quart (2 pounds) sauerkraut, drained (and rinsed, if desired) and squeezed dry
  • 1 large chopped green or red or yellow or orange bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium chopped onion
  • 4 ribs chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pimiento
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar or to taste
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil like canola or vegetable

How to Make It

Make the Salad

  1. In a large nonreactive bowl or plastic container with a lid, mix together sauerkraut, bell pepper, onion, celery, and pimiento.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to dress the salad.

Make the Dressing

  1. In a separate small nonreactive bowl or plastic container, combine sugar, vinegar, water, and oil, mixing well.
  2. Toss with sauerkraut mixture until thoroughly combined. Cover and allow to marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
  1. When ready to serve, remove as much of the marinating liquid as possible by using a slotted spoon to transfer the salad from the storage container to a serving bowl. Keeps well refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

More Salads for Hot Weather

  • Serbian Coleslaw Recipe: Vinegar and oil are used to dress the shredded cabbage instead of sour cream, mayonnaise or heavy cream.
  • Serbian Potato Salad Recipe This is another occasion where oil and vinegar are used in place of mayonnaise to dress a vegetable. In this case, it's potatoes.

Homemade Sauerkraut

Making sauerkraut from scratch isn't as difficult as you might think. Probably the hardest part is shredding the cabbage and, with today's tools, that's not hard at all.