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


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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