Top down view of sauerkraut carrot salad in purple bowl with orange, green cloth and partial view of yellow board.

Polish Sauerkraut Salad Recipe with Carrot & Apple

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.
Course Lunch, Salad
Cuisine Polish
Keyword salad, sauerkraut
Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 117.69kcal
Author Monika Dabrowski


  • 100 g sauerkraut, chopped after excess juice has been squeezed out
  • 1 large sweet apple unpeeled, cored
  • 1 large carrot peeled
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced
  • 1/2 orange juice only
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4-5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp 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.
  • Dry toast the caraway seeds in a small pan. Lightly crush and add into the salad.
  • Spiralize (or coarsely grate) the apple and add into the salad. Pour in the orange juice, lemon juice, oil, add the lemon zest and mix together using 2 forks/large spoons. Taste to check if any seasoning is required. Serve immediately.


  • Sauerkraut: When you shop for sauerkraut look for organic, preservative free sauerkraut, if possible, (these are usually sold in Polish delicatessens), with a light yellow tint (not grey).
  • Preparation: You can either coarsely grate or spiralize the carrot and apple.
  • Apple: You can use unpeeled apple in this salad. Ensure it's sweet, not tart.
  • Seasoning: One thing to remember is that sauerkraut is quite salty so taste the salad before seasoning it. (It may only need some pepper).
  • Serving: Best served immediately.
  • Not suitable for freezing.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 117.69kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.21g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 9.52g | Saturated Fat: 7.64g | Sodium: 118.3mg | Potassium: 139.85mg | Fiber: 2.2g | Sugar: 5.79g | Vitamin A: 1739.39IU | Vitamin C: 12.58mg | Calcium: 21.05mg | Iron: 0.4mg