This simple salad is well-known in Russia. It brings back memories about my childhood, parents’ home and cold evenings, when we made the salad and then ate it. Beets, walnuts and garlic is a very good source of vitamins and oils, which is important during winter days. Prunes is another wonderful ingredient here, it adds sweetness to the salad (especially if the beets aren’t sugary); moreover, prunes have health benefits – they have a high anti-oxidant content and contain dietary fiber*.
Russian beetroot salad
- Boil or roast beets until they’re tender. Cool, peel and grate beets (using medium-hole grater).
- If prunes are too dry, soak them in a warm water for 10-15 minutes. Then roughly chop prunes and walnuts.
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Garnish with dill, if desire. Serve with rye bread.