Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Updated: Eggplant, tomato and pepper salad

Food at Russian gatherings rarely includes a set meal with courses. Instead, there’s a big spread of appetizers, salads, canapés, cold cuts, pastries, sandwiches, cakes, and so on. I’m usually tempted by the salads, which are never made with lettuce. Rather, they’re heartier potato-based offerings, marinated salads or cooked, mixed vegetable salads like the one above. I didn’t make this excellent eggplant, tomato and pepper salad, but I loved the idea:

-Thick, round slices of eggplant, sautéed in sunflower oil until soft
-Very thinly sliced raw tomatoes
-Very thinly sliced raw green peppers
-Very thinly sliced white onion rounds
-Julienned carrots
-An entire bunch of chopped cilantro (I’d use dill or parsley, a personal preference)
-A couple of tablespoons of sunflower oil and a little white vinegar for the dressing

4 comments:

Diana said...

This looks so fresh and healthy! I'm looking forward to the recipe.

adele said...

This looks like just the thing to help me undo all the havoc I wreaked on my digestive system during finals.

(I'd use something other than cilantro, too. I have the gene that makes it taste weirdly soapy.)

Yulinka said...

Adele--I hope your finals went well... Cilantro doesn't taste like soap to me, but it has a sickly sweet smell that I can't stand.

Foodichka said...

Yay for more Russian food blogs- I'm a friend of Adele's and I'm adding you to my blog roll...

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