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Polish Sauerkraut Salad Recipe

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Kapusta kiszona is the Polish version of sauerkraut. This dish is well-loved in Poland and is often incorporated in many Polish recipes. 

The Polish sauerkraut salad recipe requires just 10 min preparation time. After the salad is mixed, you put it in the fridge to rest for half an hour. So despite the long resting time, you will find that the salad is quick to make.

Generally the Polish sauerkraut salad is served as a side dish during meals. It is slightly tangy because of the sauerkraut and also has a nice crunch due to the carrot and apple.

Why Is Sauerkraut Healthy?

Kapusta kiszona is extremely healthy. It is made out of cabbage that is chopped and fermented. The fermentation process produces lactic acid which has a good effect on the flora of the gut. This helps maintain gut health.

Cabbage itself is a superfood. It is high in fiber. Both green and red cabbage are very rich sources of Vitamin C and K. Purple cabbage on the other hand is a great source of Vitamin A.

Polish Sauerkraut Salad Recipe

Part I – Squeeze And Chop The Sauerkraut

Use 200 gms. of sauerkraut for this recipe. Squeeze the sauerkraut to remove all the excess fluid. This will make sure that the salad has a drier consistency. It will also ensure that the salad doesn’t become too sour.

Part II – Peel And Dice An Onion

Part III – Peel And Dice An Apple

Part IV – Peel And Grate A Carrot

Part V – Finely Chop Dill Or Parsley

Not everyone uses dill or parsley in this recipe. The herbs however give the Polish sauerkraut salad a nice flavor. If you have one of them available, consider chopping it fine and adding it in.

A knife and a bunch of dill on a cutting board, accompanied by Sos Koperkowy Dill Sauce.

Part VI – Add Oil, Pepper And Salt

Add 1 tsp of black pepper, 3 tbsps. of oil and salt as per your taste. Mix the salad.

Part VIII – Place In The Fridge

Place the salad in the fridge for around 30 minutes. The salad should be served cold. 

Polish Sauerkraut Salad Recipe FAQ

Are There Any Additional Ingredients That You Can Add To The Salad?

I generally add diced red bell pepper to the salad. It adds a little color to the salad and makes it look more attractive. It also adds its own flavor to the mix.

How Do You Serve Polish Sauerkraut Salad?

Polish sauerkraut salad is best served cold. Generally speaking, the salad can be made way in advance and placed in the refrigerator. That way, you can concentrate on making the other dishes for your meal and remove the salad just before serving.

Is Sauerkraut German Or Polish?

Most people believe that sauerkraut is a German dish while others think that the Poles invented it. Factually speaking, it isn’t even European! The fermentation process was brought to the continent by the Tartars. The process was developed in China. This was way back in the 7th century when the Great Wall of China was being built so it tells you just how old the cooking technique is.

Yield: 4 servings

Polish Sauerkraut Salad Recipe

Polish Sauerkraut Salad Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 7 oz / 200g of sauerkraut
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 small carrot
  • 3 tbsps of oil
  • a bunch of parsley or dill (optionally)
  • 1 tsp of black pepper
  • salt (if necessary)


  1. Squeeze out and finely chop the sauerkraut.
  2. Peel and dice an onion.
  3. Peel and dice an apple.
  4. Peel and grate a carrot.
  5. Finely chop dill or parsley.
  6. Add oil, pepper, salt (if necessary), and mix.
  7. Place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Serve cold.


You can 1 small red bell pepper (diced) into the salad to make it more colorful.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 484mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 3gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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