This Polish sauerkraut salad recipe with carrot and apple is a sugar free version of traditional sauerkraut salad. With a twist! Enjoy as a side dish or on its own.
Today I am sharing a recipe for Polish sauerkraut salad with carrot and apple. In Poland a salad made using (usually shredded) raw vegetables is called ‘surowka’. So this zesty sauerkraut salad is a type of surowka salad.
Sauerkraut is a very popular ingredient in Poland and one I vividly remember from my childhood. I don’t think I’d be able to create a sauerkraut recipe without some connection, however small, to my memory of it as a child.
Polish sauerkraut salad recipe
The traditional version of sauerkraut salad usually also contains carrot, occasionally apple, onion and caraway seeds, as well as sugar. I swapped the sugar for fresh orange juice, added lemon zest and gave this salad a fresh new look by spiralizing the carrot and apple. I chose to use a spiralizer in this sauerkraut coleslawslaw because it makes this salad lighter, at the same time adding more volume.
Plus it’s difficult to make sauerkraut look attractive! And this method definitely works better than others. (Shame sauerkraut itself can’t be spiralised:(
If, however, you prefer to serve this salad in a traditional way simply coarsely grate the carrot and apple instead of using the spiralizer.
How to make sauerkraut salad
Assembling this salad is very simple. Combine the sauerkraut with the carrot (spiralized or grated) and onion. Add the apple and pour in the juice of orange and lemon as well as oil. Add the lemon zest, toasted caraway seeds and pepper to taste. Stir well and enjoy!
My relationship with caraway seeds hasn’t always been easy. Growing up in Poland I remember caraway seeds being added to bread, meat, even cheese and doing my best to avoid them. (Caraway was thought to benefit our digestive system and was therefore used extremely liberally). However, as an adult I am much more accepting and open-minded about the foods I used to dislike. So I decided to give caraway seeds another chance.
I am glad I did and I am even more glad I toasted them before adding into the salad. Toasting brings out the nutty, sweet notes of the caraway seeds and makes their aniseed flavour a little more subdued. A small amount of these seeds, toasted and lightly crushed, adds an interesting flavour dimension to this simple sauerkraut salad.
One thing to remember is that sauerkraut is quite salty so taste the salad before seasoning it. (It may only need some pepper).
More sauerkraut recipes
Some time ago I posted this sauerkraut vegetable kapusniak soup recipe. It was essentially a vegetarian version of the soup my mum used to cook. Another traditional Polish recipe on my blog containing sauerkraut is Polish sauerkraut dumplings (pierogi z kapusta) recipe.
You might also like my roundup of 15 Easy Veggie Spaghetti Spiralizer Recipes.
Check out also this collection of 15+ easy vegan salads for even more salad inspiration!
Polish Sauerkraut Salad Recipe with Carrot & Apple
- 100 g sauerkraut, chopped after excess juice has been squeezed out
- 1 large sweet apple peeled, cored
- 2 medium carrots peeled
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced
- Juice of ½ orange
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 4-5 tablespoons rapeseed oil
- 1.5 teaspoons caraway seeds toasted, lightly crushed
- Sea salt and pepper to taste *see Notes
- Spiralize (or coarsely grate) the carrot and place in a large salad bowl. Add the onion and sauerkraut.
- Spiralize (or coarsely grate) the apple and add into the salad. Pour in the orange juice, lemon juice, oil, add the lemon zest and caraway seeds and mix together using 2 forks/large spoons. Taste to check if any seasoning is required. Serve immediately.
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I am also sharing this recipe with Meat Free Mondays, Recipe of the Week, Tasty Tuesdays. Also sharing with Fiesta Friday This week’s co-hosts are Tracey @ My Baja Kitchen and Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook.