6 Simple Salad to accompany the main dish

Radish and Egg Salad

I have been to many countries, and one of the biggest differences in eating culture/habits/cuicine is how salad is served.
Salad as a main or separate dish, this is understandable. You can have Caesare Salad for lunch for example.

But, how is salad served, as accompany for the main dish, are differences between countries.

There are three courses in most countries : appetizer;  main dish, which includes protein and salad and then dessert.

However, there are exceptions, as well. I was  amazed to see that in Portugal rice and potato (with some meat/fish) were served on the same plate  .. In addition to that we visited a restaurant with a very  generous cook  in Malta 🙂 french fries, boiled potato, couscous, pasta were on the same plate.  And some bread of course. and a LOT of meat 🙂

In Estonia the three courses means usually 1. soup; 2. main dish containing protein, garnish (potato, rice, pasta, buckwheat…) and salad.  And finally 3. dessert.
We have grown up with the”plate rule”. Plate rule means that the meal on your plate should have 1/4 protein, 1/4 garnish and 1/2 salad.
And it is not the case only when cooking  home or at school. Most restaurants follow the same logic. Ok, except for  fancier and finer  more tourist oriented restaurants, of course.

Typical Estonian  salad comes with sour cream /mayonnaise sauce. Nowadays youngsters prefer u

Plate Rule

sing more vinegar/oil instead.

There are my favourite simple salads.

Easy to do, because of just few components.
And remind then:) serving Estonian dish, you should full half of the plate with one or mix of these salads. Then 1/4 potato or pasta or rice or buckwheat. And then some fish or meat. .. 🙂

Tomato Cucumber Salad
This is, I believe most common, usual, traditional everyday salad in Estonia

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Chop tomato and/or cucumber
Add sour cream
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Sauerkraut and Beetroot Salad

Never gift for Estonian womans red Dianthus…
Today is International Woman Day. Have you heard about this? Necessary and nice holiday with “red background”but with good idea. Celebrate and recognize all woman, not only mothers.
During soviet times we do not celebrated Mothers day, was only Woman day on 8th of the March. Soviet Union was terrible, but about feminism and women rights was everything perfect. Woman was welder,tractor driver,cosmonaut. And not only career at work. Woman took care about household and children. Clothes were washed by hand and shops were not full of punane-nelk-247x300prepared products…:)

In Estonia we have a saying. Woman must be able to feed man and 6 children:)

So,  Viva women!

But what about red Dianthus… These times were not very large choice of cut flowers. Just and mostly only expensive roses and cheaper dianthuses.

So we got them enough 🙂 Thank you! 🙂

”Beetroot

  • Servings: ”4″
  • Time: ”20mins”
  • Difficulty: ”easy”
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Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut all ingredients in to small billets
  2. Mix together and add oil
  3. Taste. If needed season with salt- pepper, sugar or marinade liquid.

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Borsch. A Simpler Version

Borsch

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Very easy to do. Healthy, full of vegetables Russian style Soup.

 Law nr.1 If in the menu Borsch, You are wearing usually something White 🙂
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Borsch

Ingredients

    per eater
  • 1 potato
  • – 1/2 carrot
  • 1/2 onion
  • ca 100 g cabbage
  • ca 100 g boiled and grated beet
  • 1 tabelspoon butter
  • meat “leftovers”, use what you have at home. Ham, sausage, meat,…
  • salt, pepper, bay leaf, sugar
  • – 0,5 tabelspoon 30% food vinegar

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