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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Russian Herb and Cheese Salad

                         

Russian style cheese salad

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.
tomato and scallion on salad bar


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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.

Ingredients

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)

Directions

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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19 comments:

  1. I've been on a lettuce free salad kick lately. This one looks lovely and fits the bill! Thanks for linking up to Real Food Fridays :)

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  2. This sounds and looks sooooooo good!! I am pinning so I will remember to make it this summer when my home-grown tomatoes and herbs are in overdrive :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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    1. Nothing like homegrown tomatoes.. It will be wonderful..

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  3. Hi Judee,
    What a great Salad that we would just love, it looks delicious. Thank you so much for helping us celebrate Three Years at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  4. This looks so delicious! Will you share this today on Worthwhile Wednesdays? http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com/2014/01/1-worthwhile-wednesdays-link-party.html
    Thanks,
    Allie

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  5. I love the simplicity. It sounds like something I would put on top of a slice of baguette. Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday

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  6. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your new Red Plate and have a great weekend.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks so much .. love your blog Miz Helen..

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  7. I love recipes from my country men back in Poland. My mom use to make some of them, and I do today. Heritage is important, but the food is more important. Thanks for sharing once again on Real Food Fridays.

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    1. The food creates memories and good feelings

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  8. I need to try this, it looks so good! Thanks so much for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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  9. Looks yummy! I need some more salad recipes. Will definitely try this one out. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Fran,
      I hope you enjoy.. it's a little different

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  10. This salad looks fabulous--I am loving all of that fresh dill and cheese. ;-) Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week!

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    1. Thanks Deb.. I love your blog.. fabulous presentation

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  11. I love salads with soft cheese. Wonder if this would be good with feta...yummm just thinking about it.
    Thanks for sharing with us on Good Tip Tuesday - http://www.sherrylwilson.com/good-tips-tuesday-6/

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  12. Hi, Judee. I'm very keen on this salad! So much that I've chosen it as a feature when my potluck goes live tonight. I can't wait to make it! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Michelle,
      I appreciate the feature on your potluck this week. Your blog party always has so many wonderful recipes.

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