Russian beet salad: vinegret

Salad Russian style: vinegret

Vinegret is s one of the traditional vegetarian Russian dishes, usually cooked on a New Year’s eve. The word means mishmash. This salad is very simple and contains very few calories, it is healthy and has a rich taste. Vinegre is something that I hated as a kid, learned to love as a teenager and now – being older and wiser 🙂 – I am going back to the roots, so to say 🙂 If you, like me, sometimes choose to have a meatless meal, this can go beautifully as your light dinner or lunch.

Ingredients that I used:

  • 3 medium sized beets
  • 4 small potatoes
  • 1 carrot (because I am not a big fan of boiled carrots)
  • 4 pickles
  • 1/2 glass of frozen peas – warmed up (usually this should be a jar of conserved green peas)
  • 1 tsp horseradish paste or mustard
  • spices like salt, pepper + the ones that you like
  • 1/4 glass olive oil

Additionaly used in this recipe could be:

  • 2 apples, pealed, deseeded and cut in cubes
  • 1 onion
  • dills and greens (I think this would make a beautiful addition. unfortunately I didn’t have any at home today)
  • 1 cup of salted (or rather pickled) cabbage

How to proceed:

  1. boil the beets, potatoes and carrots, peel them and cut in cubes
  2. cut the pickles in cubes.
  3. put all the ingredients in a bowl, spice them up, mix them well together and let it soak up the taste a bit.
  4. serve and enjoy!

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