Eggplant Salad with Fresh Tomatoes and Herbs

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This versatile eggplant salad flavored with garlic, bell pepper and onion, fresh tomatoes and herbs, topped with creamy feta cheese. Multiple personalities make one delicious dish that can be served as vegetarian meal, a side dish or an appetizer. This salad also known as Eggplant Caponata.

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Russian Eggplant Caviar (БАКЛАЖАННАЯ ИКРА/BAKLAZHANNAYA IKRA)

Eggplant Caviar

 

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Ikra is known as eggplant “caviar” in Russia, one of my favorite appetizers lathered on fresh-baked bread. It is a traditional blend of eggplant, fresh tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots, onions and spices slow-cooked together to savory perfection.

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Russian Lecho – Marinated Red Peppers Recipe

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In Russian cuisine there are varieties of different salads for canning. Lecho is one of them. People are using different kinds of vegetables during summer and autumn to can and store them for cold winter days when all the plants sleep. This salad is easy to make, delicious and great to have on hand. I use it as a sauce for my stuffed Bell Peppers or serve as a side dish or salad by itself.

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Zucchini Rounds with Tomato and Feta

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This towering stack of layered zucchini, fresh red tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, and refreshing dill mayonnaise sauce is the happy result of farmer’s market inspiration. This super easy recipe is packed full of flavor and great for entertaining (just fry zucchini in advance and assemble them when needed). I’ve made these at least three- four different ways: different cheeses, layered with basil on top, or mixed grated cheese in the sauce, etc etc. If you’ve got a different way please comment!  I’d love to hear all the different way you stack your zucchini.

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Olivier Salad aka Russian Salad Recipe – Салат Оливье

DSC_0706Olivier is one of the most popular salads in Russia. It is made with diced potatoes, carrots, eggs, dill pickles and dressed with mayonnaise sauce. Variations of the salad differ from the choice of meat. It could be poultry, beef, ham or sausages. This salad is a must on the dinner table for Christmas, as well as other festive occasions. My version of Oliver salad has Canadian bacon.

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Layered Russian “Shuba” salad with Smoked Salmon

Shuba translates to“fur coat” in Russian, it is also the name of a Russian layered vegetable salad. Traditionally this salad is made with cured herring on the bottom layer, then it is topped with vegetables and a thin layer of mayonnaise. In Russia as well as here in the United States, Shuba is still one of the most popular holiday salads for the Slavic Community.  

I know some people don’t like cured herring but this salad is a great alternative to serve the traditional Shuba.  Unlike to my Russian Herring Layered Salad , I reversed the layers  and topped the top layer with smoked salmon instead of herring.

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Mushroom Meadow Salad – “Грибная поляна”

Tired of traditional salads? This recipe will put whole new spin on your salad theme. It’s perfect for potlucks and holidays. The salad is made with 7-8 layers, usually with chicken, pickled cucumbers, chopped boiled eggs, carrots and potato, grated cheese; topped with marinated mushroom and fresh herbs.

“If you are not big fan of mushrooms you can use canned corn for the first layer.”

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Broccoli Cauliflower with Radish Salad Recipe

A quick and easy broccoli salad with the addition of cauliflower, radish, celery and almonds. The best part is that it can be prepared the day prior to serving; It tastes better after it sits overnight, which allows the flavors to marinate together… This salad can be perfect as a side dish or if you’re looking for a different way to make broccoli.

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Marinara – Tomato Vegetable Sauce Recipe

One of the great joys of summer is the homegrown tomatoes. Homegrown or locally-grown farm fresh tomatoes always seem to taste better than the commercial alternatives.  This is our traditional Turkish/Gagauz dish that my grandma used make. It’s called Tomato “Manja” with vegetables. Manja- means sauce or gravy. She used to make this sauce in large batches and can it; and during those cold winter days she would use this sauce for almost anything (Golubtsi- Russian Stuffed cabbage, rice dishes, potato, soups or just as a dip). 

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