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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#recipeswap Rhubarbsalad. Rabarberisalat

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Rhubarb Salad

In my childhood was the best dessert and treat rhubarb with sugar. Just so simple: we dipped rhubarb stalks in to the sugar.  Sour! Sour.. sour!!! 🙂

Dianna Donnely from https://realfoodmeals.com/2017/03/18/crunchy-cabbage-salad-with-sliced-almonds/ introduced delicious salad. I saw photos and was sure, that there are rhubarb .. But it was celery:)

So, I promised to Dianna that I will test similar recipe with rhubarb. (And replaced other ingredients the local)

Rhubarb is strange vegetable. The plant do not need (too) much care, so in all gardens are small place for rhubarb, which means that in May, June all Estonia has a flood of rhubarb. And we are looking for recipes.. ..what else to do. So, thank you Dianna for inspiration!

In my childhood was the best dessert and treat rhubarb with sugar. Just so simple: we dipped rhubarb stalks in to the sugar.  Sour! Sour.. sour!!! 🙂
From rhubarb leaves we are cooking soup. And with others.. baking lot of cakes. And rhubarb leftovers freezing for winter..
When you are looking for Estonian cake recipes, there are always written “apple or rhubarb”. This is means that the same cake you can bake in spring with rhubarb and in autumn with apples.

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Fresh Salad with Rye Bread

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Fresh Salad with Black Bread

What do you think, is it possible to stay hungry in Italy or France ?

At Cookingwithoutlimits was discussion about food experience during trips, travelling. The first rule is: look at for place, where locals eat.

Do you know this saying: breakfast eat yourself, lunch share with friend and dinner give to enemy?

In Estonia we eat dinner usually at 6-7 pm. Because we used to, because you should “give your dinner to enemy”, because we have been studied, that between last meal and sleep must be at least 3-4 hours.  So, during traveling is the most complicated challenge is to find place with locals. Because…. Mediterranean countries they start their dinner at 9.. 10 o clock:) And when we are looking for place.. restaurants are empty (or still closed) 🙂

Few years ago we were with family in Spain, Torremolinos. Knowing, how complicated is to find good place for dinner I did search. and ( probably?) Tripadvisor told me the name of the good place for dinner.
So we drawled time.. till 8 o clock and went to this place. It was empty, Few tourist couples only with us. ” jee… popular place..”, was I angry. Sorry,
I do not remember this place-name. But it look like quite poor and cheap: white plastic tables and chairs. We did not understand menu and asked same food, what had our neighboring table. This was only fish and seafood restaurant. We got our food, this was delicious and we kept wondering, why this rated place with amazing food is still empty.
Was a half past eight… and… suddenly appeared crowds:) When we finished our meal, all tables were full and a very long queue waited for opportunity to get dinner..:)

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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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Pumpkin Salad

dsc01188Pumpkin Salad is mandatory salad on Estonian Christmas table. Together with Cowberry- Apple salad, Black Pudding and Roast Pork.

My salad is not very sweet. I like more sweet and sour.

Pumpkin Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pumpkin Salad is mandatory salad on Estonian Christmas table.

Ingredients

    One 0,5 litre jar
  • 300 g pumpkin, chopped in to small cubes
  • 1,5 glass of water
  • 0,5 glass of sugar
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 spice
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  • 1,5 tablespoon 30% food vinegar

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients- excluded vinegar,in to the pot, bring to boil.
  2. 2.Decrease heat and  let simmer, while pumpkin is ready. Add vinegar.
  3. Pour in to the clean jar, and close airtight.

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How To Do Sauerkraut. Hapukapsas.

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Sauerkraut. Fermented Cabbage. Hapukapsas

Homemade Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage, Hapukapsas is very important and popular dish in Estonia during autumn winter time and mandatory food during Christmas time.
In ancient time, Hapukapsas and cranberries were only sources of  C vitamin, during winter time.
Sauerkraut is fermented food and this  is not only source of vitamin, this is source of probiotic bacterium and this is excellent for your health.

By the way, ancient Estonians believed, that  Sauerkraut succeed best, during New Moon. So, 7th of December is right time to test it 🙂

Sauerkraut, Fermented Cabbage- Hapukapsas

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 4-7 days
  • Difficulty: easy
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A fresh, light and healthy fermented food

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Freshly Salted Cucumbers

Freshly Salted Cucumbers

Wash with hot water very carefully cucumbers and jars.

For faster results can be cut off the ends of cucumbers

Boil 1 liter water.
Add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon salt
and 1 tablespoon food vinegar (30%)

If you do not like vinegar, make just salted cucumbers:
1 litre water
2 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar

Put the cucumbers, garlic, peeled horseradish root, dill roots and flowers and black currant leaves (if any) into the jar.
Add Marinade. Cover, but not airtight. Leave in room temperature. After few hours allready ready to eat!

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1 litre water
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoon food vinegar (30%)
(other as previous).
Close airtight