This simple and flavorful Russian fresh herb and soft cheese salad is easy to make and a delight to eat. Boasting typical Russian favored ingredients, my colorful salad takes only about 4 minutes to prepare. Eat it as lunch with a few gluten free crackers or with a bowl of soup if you want something more filling.
My salad was inspired by a recent visit to a Russian Deli . They make a huge variety of delicious homemade salads for their lunch fare daily.( I visited one in a city setting) Each salad is made with fresh vegetables , fresh herbs , and spices. I was especially attracted to the salads made with tons of fresh dill. I saw one I wanted to try to make, so I tried to copy it. Of course it meets vegetarian and gluten free standards.
Although I have never really thought much about it, my roots are actually from Russian descent. Both sets of my grandparents immigrated to the U. S. from Russia in the late 1800's . ( I only knew my maternal grandfather and paternal grandmother). My parents were both born in the US and didn't try to preserve the recipes from the old country . However, I do remember my grandmother ( who lived to 107 years ) making homemade beet borscht ( a common Russian soup)
This was my first visit to a Russian Deli. It was fun hearing everyone speaking Russian and exploring the unusual ( to me) foods and salads.
I loved this salad. If you try it , I hope you enjoy it too
Russian Deli's sell a variety of farmer cheeses and homemade pot cheeses. I bought a container of homemade farmer cheese for my salad, but I could have just as easily bought pot cheese or even cottage cheese for this recipe.
1 cup farmer cheese, pot cheese, or cottage cheese
12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup of freshly chopped dill
1/4 cup freshly chopped green scallions
Optional : 2 teaspoons freshly chopped curly parsley
Salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
Drizzle with olive oil if desired ( I did not)
Chop the fresh herbs and cut the cherry tomatoes
In a medium bowl, toss
Add the cheese, salt and pepper
Drizzle with olive oil if desired
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