When Steve was working at The Botany Shopping Mall he got to work with some wonderful characters.
One who stood out was a guy called Alexander, a Russian who tells stories of his days fighting in Afghanistan.
He would always smell of garlic and Steve actually found it quite pleasant.
One night they were working together and sat down to eat when he produced this massive bowl of what he called a Russian Salad.
It tasted fantastic!
Here is our version:
You will need:
Capsicums, green, red, yellow and orange. Any of these will do.
Tomatoes, red onion (normal onion or spring onion will do)
Celery, beetroot, sea or rock salt, black pepper, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and carrot.
Last of all garlic. Fresh is fine but I used the stuff out of a jar.
Mix up some olive oil with balsamic vinegar this will be the base of the dressing.. Remember if ya haven’t got balsamic use normal vinegar with a touch of soy sauce. The soy sauce is purely to add that darker colour. If ya do use soy sauce ya won’t need ta salt the dish as much. Add in garlic and mix well. If you use crushed garlic out of a jar you can mix it with the oil and vinegar. If you use fresh garlic you will need to dice it finely and add it to the salad later.
Ok …. Tomatoes will need to be disemboweled. That means getting the juices and seeds out of them we don’t want a watery dish. DO NOT throw the pulp away, place it in a container cos ya can use it to make a sauce or add to a sauce or gravy.
Dice up the tomatoes throw into a large bowl.
Deseed Capsicums and dice up throw them in to the bowl.
Same with onions and celery. Throw them in.
Paper towel beetroot dry then dice and throw into bowl. Add the finely diced fresh garlic if ya used fresh garlic.
Julienne a carrot to about match stick thickness we will add these last..
Mix all stuff in the bowl and add salt and ground black pepper.
Sprinkle over the carrots and cover bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Place on table and pour dressing over it………or you can serve as is and allow self serving of dressing.
Now remember a few points the ingredients can vary to taste. Add a chili for example. Who says ya have to have beetroot?
This salad goes down very well in our family.
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