Traditional Russian Salads on New Years Eve.

Traditional Russian Salads on New Years Eve.

As I write this I can still hear the fireworks going off in the neighbourhood and all around Saint Petersburg. Its January the first and things are festive. Families take great joy in setting off fireworks right on the street below residential flats.

Last night my wife and I were invited to a New Years bash at a friends house, we had spent the day making traditional Russian Salads. The tradition around New Years is new to me, also is a kind of Christmas eve where you hand out presents, the “Christmas Day” comes on January the 7th.

Below I share my video of the salads of the evening.

Beetroot Vinaigrette

3 medium beets boiled

3 medium potatoes

3 medium carrots

1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained

3 medium pickles

2 Tbsp sunflower or olive oil

1 Tbsp white vinegar

1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)

Herring under a  Fur Coat

Selyodka Pod Shuboy (Селедка под шубой) literally translates to Herring Under a Fur Coat or Shuba Salad (шуба). It’s a much loved Russian meal especially popular during New Year celebrations. A Russian shuba is a warm winter fur coat worn in Russia for hundreds of years. Herring Under a Fur Coat consists of layered potato, herring, carrots, beets, lots of mayonnaise and grated egg which makes the dish look like it’s covering the herring by a fur coat

Olivia (Anglised)

In a large pot, add potatoes and carrots. Cover completely with water. …

In a small pot add eggs, cover eggs will water and bring to a boil cook. Cook eggs 8-10 minutes.

Cube all of the ingredients.

Combine everything, mix. Add mayo to taste. …

Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Add fresh dill, mix.

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