Russian Salads and Appetizers

Hard-boiled eggs stuffed with a slightly spicy filling of pickled cucumber is a popular appetizer in Russia. Quick and easy to prepare, Russian eggs are perfect as finger food for any occasion. The recipe is easily adaptable to individual tastes by adding extra ingredients such as mushrooms, sautéed onions, ham or fish.

Mushroom caviar is made of dried mushrooms. The mix should contain porcini mushrooms. It is possible to cook this caviar using fresh mushrooms available in season like chanterelle, armillaria or porcini mushrooms that are very popular in Russia. Mushroom caviar can be used in many different ways, for example, as bread spread, stuffing for eggs or to spice up soups and stews.

Nesting doll Matryoshka is one of the most recognizable symbols of Russia. This funny appetizer is not only delicious, but also decorative and gives a party a Russian touch. To arrange the boiled eggs and decorate them as Matryoshka, carefully cut off at the wide end. For a sophisticate variation the eyes can be made of caviar.

Beetroot (Russian: свёкла [swjókla]) is used in many ways in Russian cuisine. Beetroot contains many vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, vitamin C, folic acid as well as potassium, calcium, iron, copper, magnesium and others.

Vinaigrette (russ.: винегрет) is not just a salad. It is a fine mixture of science and art. Specialists argue over the ingredients: some take apples instead of carrots; others add meat or fish and make a dressing using mayonnaise or sour cream. As you know, there’s no accounting for taste. Here is a basic.recipe

Ingredients 150 g (=5.3 oz) tomatoes 150 g (=5.3 oz) cucumbers 100 g (=3.5 oz) green onion or chives 1 bunch dill 200 ml (= 0.8 cup) sour cream salt, pepper Directions Wash tomatoes and cucumbers and cut into large pieces. Clean and chop green onions and dill. Put everything in a bowl, add sour […]

Ready in minutes, this salad can be served as a simple and delicious appetizer. A combination of pickled cucumbers and mustard make it a bit spicy. The Russians usually go for salted cucumbers. For someone who is not used to them, salted cucumbers can be a little bit strong in taste. It’s best to serve it with fresh hearty black bread with butter.

Carrots and apples are very healthy and are prepared in countless variations in the Russian cuisine. This crisp, refreshing, vitamin-rich salad is one of the classic dishes in modern Russia and is also popular among children. There are various recipes. One can use e.g. sour cream as dressing, replace walnuts by roasted sunflower seeds or add raisins.

In this recipe, white asparagus, which is rather unusual for the Russian cuisine, is combined with such popular and common ingredients as strawberries and mushrooms. Walnut oil and wine vinegar give the salad a refined touch and make it a delicious appetizer for special occasions.

Although different varieties of asparagus grow in the European part of Russia, dishes with this delicious vegetable do not belong to the traditional Russian cuisine. Many Russians discover asparagus during their trips to Germany or Italy, find it tasty and serve asparagus at home in Russia as a fine gourmet creation. Served as a salad with tender chicken breast and white wine sauce, asparagus is usually quite popular with everyone.