Friday, May 29, 2009

Russian Cucumber Salad

This is a salad I recreated from a dish my friend, Christine, served when she hosted book club at her house a couple weeks ago (we read the book A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich). I love simple refreshing salads like this. This is a great side dish for any dinner, but I made it to go with pelmeni and black bread which are both yummy Russian dishes.

Russian Cucumber Salad

2 large roma tomatoes, chopped
2 cucumbers or 1 large English cucumber, peeled and sliced or chopped
4-5 green onions, sliced thin
about 1/4 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1-2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill (or freeze dried dill which I found in the produce section of my grocery store)

Put prepared tomatoes, cucumbers, and green onions in a large bowl; chill while you make the dressing. Combine oil, vinegar, and dill. Pour about half of the dressing over the vegetables, toss to coat well. Add additional dressing if desired. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Jenny said...

Yum! Another recipe to add to my list to try!

It seems like everyone is reading "A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich" these days. I keep hearing about it. Was it good?

Jenni said...

Um, I would say it was interesting and a good book to read if you want to get a glimpse into life in a Russian work camp... But it was pretty awful subject matter and a little slow. I am glad to have read it though, I learned a lot.