Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Lazy Man's Seledka Pod Shuboi (beet and herring salad)

I got the idea for this salad from Chainaia Lozhka, a Russian fast food chain where I had lunch one day in St. Petersburg. Chainaia Lozhka (Russian for teaspoon) sells exclusively blini and salads, including this nice beet and herring combo. It’s no secret that I like the Russian way with beets and smoked fish, so I don’t know why I didn’t think of this myself.

This salad is really an informal version of seledka pod shuboi, a multi-layered, herring-beet-vegetable dish served on special occasions. Just mix all the ingredients and the dressing in a bowl instead of layering them in a dish. You could even forgo the potatoes for a lighter version.

5 comments:

adele said...

I need to get off my arse and locate some smoked herring. If I get too scared to try the Eastern European supermarket, where else would I find it?

Yulinka said...

Adele-Try Greek or Polish groceries. Same selection, friendlier service.

Ms. Hotpants said...
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Ms. Hotpants said...

hi yulinka,
i love selodka (although i've only had it straight outta the jar, with an ice cold beer to wash it down.) i'm not big on beets - do you have any other selodka recipe suggestions? pretty-please?

Yulinka said...

ms. hotpants--smoked herring is great on a canape-type sandwich, made with rye bread, butter, and a thin slice of cucumber. Or try smoked mackarel--not as salty, and even better.

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