Most Common Russian Summer Salad

It is most common Russian  summer salad. Plain ingredients: home grown tomatoes and cucumbers, fresh herbs from kitchen garden, unrefined sunflower oil or  smetana (substitute with sour cream or crème fraîche), salt and pepper. That’s all – easy and quick zakuska at home or picnic. Great addition for anything – from piece of fresh baked rye bread or boiled potatoes with butter and chopped dill, to pork kebabs (shashlik) and kotletas.  Now you know.

Most Common Russian Summer Salad

2-3 medium tomatoes, cut into 4-8 pieces
2-3 medium cucumbers (Persian or English), sliced
4-5 green onion, chopped – yellow or sweet onion works too
bunch of parsley, dill, basil, cilantro or/and ramson, minced
1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
1-3 tbsp. unrefined sunflower oil (look at Russian stores or use favorite salad oil)
about 1/4-1/3 cup smetana (sour cream or crème fraîche)
salt and pepper

Mix together chopped onion, herbs and pinch of salt, add tomatoes, cucumbers, oil, salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or place in the fridge for up to two hours, or vegetables became watery and tasteless.

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