This Russian style salad highlights fresh dill, with complimenting tomatoes, cucumbers, and onions lightly salted and tossed in extra virgin olive oil. Perfect for a picnic, barbecue, or a buffet spread.
Today while walking our dog, my husband and I were taking in spring in its full beauty. It’s amazing how we wait and wait for these days and then it seems to just happen all at once. Look around and suddenly the trees are in full bloom, the birds are busy and the sun is warm.
I mentioned in my post for Garlic and Dill Red Potatoes that my husband is Russian. My husband likes to tell me about his days growing up in Odessa, Ukraine, which I find fascinating. Today on our walk, he was describing how he and his family would only have veggies and fruits available during certain seasons. Basically, in the old USSR, you just ate what was in season. No tomato in December or cucumber in March. Strawberries meant summer break is near and watermelon time to go back to school.
One of the spring traditions is the spring salad, pronounced salaad. Today, it’s a year round staple on the table of most Russians and Ukrainians. When we traveled to Odessa a few years ago, I was reassured that this is not just Alec’s family but the entire culture that shares this simple dish. Did I mention that Russians love fresh dill? Dill is consumed with anything and yes, dill infused vodka! No kidding.
We reminisced about our trip to the Odessa’s famous market Privoz and how fun it was. There was tons of food, rows and rows of different stuff everywhere. You can taste what you are buying and people have cool personalities so the entire experience was unique. This picture really does not show the magnitude of how large this Ukrainian market was but it will give you an idea of what I am talking about.
So in the spirit of spring I give you Salaad! My husband loves when I make it because he says it tastes better when I do it. So when we got back from the walk I did just that. Tomato, cucumber, onions and of course fresh dill. Nazdorovie!
- 1 tomato, wedged
- ½ european cucumber, sliced
- 1 green onion, sliced
- ⅛ red onion, sliced
- 1-1.5 tsp olive oil
- pinch of fresh dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- Add tomato, cucumber, green onion, red onion, and dill to a large bowl.
- When ready to serve, pour olive oil over the veggies and toss until coated.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Garnish with more fresh dill.