Vinegret (the Russian version of potato salad)

Sorry for disappearing on you there. My goal is to have a new recipe up on the blog every Monday morning and I made this fantastic salad on Sunday just for that purpose. But alas, other obligations came up… so yeah, better late than never, right?

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This salad is called vinegret and is extremely traditional in the Russian cuisine. Although it has a lot more going on, I kind of think of it as the American potato salad because it’s full of hearty veggies and finished with mayo. I imagine if Russians were into barbecues, vinegret would be present at every gathering. I made this for lunch on Sunday and my husband and I gobbled up this whole big bowl in one sitting. It brought me back to my childhood at the first bite but I was surprised at how enthusiastic Adam was – beets and all. He especially loved the pickles… you know I was all about them too! 😉

Ingredients (serves 2-4):

  • 2 small potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium beet
  • 1/3 cup peas (canned or frozen/defrosted)
  • 1 large pickle
  • 1/3 cup saurkraut
  • 1/4lb meat of your choice (I used grilled chicken breast)
  • 2T mayo (light ok)
  • 3T sour cream (light ok)
  • dill (fresh or dried)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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This “recipe” basically consists of cooking each individual ingredient, then combining them all in one.

Roast the beet (I like to cut it into disks, drizzle with 1/2T EVOO, salt and pepper – cover in foil, bake at 425* for 25 minutes, until tender).

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Boil egg (I use the Martha Stewart method) and steam potatoes & carrot (I prefer steaming because it retains the nutrients in the vegetables instead of letting them leach into the water).

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Grill chicken or cook your other meat the way you like it

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Once all the veggies/meat/egg are cooked, cut up into little cubes – they should be about uniform. It’s kind of fun not knowing what you’re going to bite into – surprise with every forkful :)

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The “dressing:” mayo, sour cream, salt, pepper and dill

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Mix it all up

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Serve!

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I know this doesn’t look like much but there really is a lot going on here with hearty root veggies, sour pickles and saurkraut, sweet peas and protein for a little extra staying power and bite. Like I said, we couldn’t stop eating… until it was all gone :)

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Open wide….

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