Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ruska Salata (Russian Salad)

Well, I know that this is not a Macedonian dish, but it's very popular in Macedonia. We make it mostly when we have feasts and in some important occasion along with some other mayonnaise based salads. But we eat it and when there's no occasion:-). I know that this salad comes in many varieties but this is how we prepare it in Macedonia:
2 medium potatoes
1 big carrot
70 gr green peas
2-3 pickles (squeeze the liquid from them)
80 gr smoked ham
around 70 gr mayonnaise (if you need more add, but not too much. The salad must be thick enough so you can shape it)
1 tablespoon sour cream
1-2 boiled eggs chopped
kaskaval, which is yellow cheese not white. I guess you can add any cheese like: cheddar, gouda, emmental or some other if you like, chopped into small cubes.

Boil the potatoes, carrot, and the peas. After that chop the potatoes, carrot, pickles and the ham into very small cubes. Here in Macedonia is often said if the cubes are smaller the salad is tastier, but it shouldn't look like the ingredients are grated:-). Then combine all the ingredients and the salad is ready. You can garnish it whatever you like, and in any shape you like. Enjoy:-)

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