Category: Salads and Sandwiches

Russian Beets, Carrot and Cheese Salad – Mistress

Salad Mistress – Lubovnitsa. There is three popular Russian (Soviet) salads in one – beets and nuts, carrot and raisins, cheese and garlic. In my opinion, once it was not enough space for all dishes on table and someone folded three salads in one. It turned out quite well. It’s still mayonnaise owned cuisine, but come on, don’t you love coleslaw? It’s crunchy and creamy with some heat and sweet. Good for BBQ party.

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Ground Beef Reuben Melts

Surprisingly good sandwich. I used Russian sauerkraut and homemade Thousand Islands sauce. Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker site.

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Russian Tuna Salad – Salat Mimosa

If you ask Russians about “mimosa”, in most cases they will tell you it’s ether flower tree or a salad, not a drink. There are some variations of recipe, but  this is classic mayonnaise salad, like Olivier and Herring under Coat (Shuba). In my times it was salad for International Workers’ Day on May 1 (also known as Labour Day).

I don’t know who came up with the recipe. It appeared in the 70s of the last century. Easy to find ingredients – a canned fish in oil or own juice, onions, relatively hard cheese and boiled eggs – could be found in most houses in the spring. Some shredded butter can be added on onion layer, but it’s not practiced in my family.

Later someone add most important ingredient in all modern Russian salads – boiled potato (for fullness) and boiled carrot (for pretty orange color). But I prefer easy and lighter recipe.

Russian Mimosa Salad is made in layers, but if you just mix all together you find great tuna salad for sandwiches and wraps.

Russian Tuna Salad - Salat Mimosa

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Navel Orange Salad With Ginger Dressing and Goat Cheese

One from even more navel orange salad. Ginger dressing goes very well with oranges and goat cheese crumbs add some creamy taste. Recipe adapted from Mary Duke Cooks.

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Roasted Eggplant, Tomatoes and Parmesan Nachos

Crunchy snack or meatless meal with roasted vegetables.  Recipe inspired by Climbing Grier Mountain.

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