Saturday, April 2, 2011

Vinegret- a Cold Salad

Lent (Postul Mare) is the period from  Lăsat Săcului until Easter (7 weeks) observed by Orthodox Christians as a season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter. During these days devotees become literally vegans- at least in our tradition- no animal source food allowed, although  fish is being allowed at certain times. 
My mother is quite devoted to fasting, and since she is now visiting us here in the US, I got her rather confused with my vegetarian diet, since she thinks  is a full time fasting anyways, with the often vegan intrusions into it. 
This salad here, called Vinegret, is a very famous one, both in Russia and some countries around her. A favourite in winter, it makes a perfect salad for a more formal party, especially during lent
Consisting of finely diced cooked potatoes, beets, carrots, beans, green peas, onions, pickled cucumber and dressed with a mixture of (I assume this is the vinaigrette) oil, red wine vinegar, black pepper and salt- the salad is bound to win the hearts of those trying it, as it recently happened during one of my dinners.

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