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Russian Salad, Variation of Potato Salad

My first taste of Russian salad was from my aunt. I never knew one could make red beets into a salad. Russian salad prepared the Pinoy way is probably named as such because of the natural red coloring of the ingredients, red beet.

russian salad The salad taste sweet with a slight tangy flavor due to the tart apples and the vinegar marinade. It is basically a potato salad except that the natural red color of the beets seep through the potatoes and the other ingredients. In wikipedia, Russian Salad is not even colored red. A homemade variant of the Russian Salad contains carrots, ham, onions, pickled gherkins, eggs, sweetcorn, cucumber, peas, potato and mayonnaise.

I believe the Pinoy version of “Russian Salad” is very delicious. Try preparing it.

Ingredients

1 cup cubed cooked red beets, beta vulgaris or sugar beets (Known as remolatsa in the vernacular)
1 cup pineapple tidbits
4 tart apples (sweet red apples tend to be mushy)
mayonnaise (I buy reduced fat)
1/3 cup diced sweet ham
1 1/2 cup diced cooked chicken
3 cups cubed cooked potatoes
1 cup cubed cooked carrots
1/4 cup finely diced celery
vinegar, salt and pepper to taste
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Pinoy Chicken Macaroni salad

When I think of Chicken Macaroni salad, I remember myself as a teenager, assigned by mom as the salad maker. This is such a childhood memory. I stopped preparing Chicken Macaroni salad when I became a mother , simply because I thought my kids and my husband would not like it. It is so old-school. A few years ago, I decided to bring it back to the table when I had a lot of left-over turkey. Well, turkey is not exactly like Chicken but it surely tastes like one. To my surprise, my husband loved it so much . He said it reminded him also of his childhood. His mother also prepared Chicken Macaroni salad. See, it is such a classic. This Christmas, I prepared Chicken Macaroni Salad. It was such a hit that it soon got consumed by family members and relatives. You can also serve this during fiestas, parties and picnics, either as snack or main dish.

Chicken macaroni salad is so easy to prepare. Salt, pepper will depend on your taste. You can also use different types of short pasta.

chicken macaroni salad 1

Ingredients

400 grams salad macaroni, cooked (check package for cooking instructions)
1 kilo boneless chicken breast, boiled and cubed
1 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits, drained
1 1/2 cup Queso de bola, cubed
1 cup pickle relish
1 cup diced carrots, previously boiled
2 cups mayonnaise (you can also use reduced fat mayonnaise)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt


Directions

1. Boil the salad macaroni as directed in the package

2. Place the macaroni in a large mixing bowl.

3. Add the carrots, pickle relish, diced queso de bola and pineapple tidbits. Mix well.

4. Lastly, add the diced chicken and mix well.

5. Mix the mayonnaise into the mixture.

6. Add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste

7. Chill.

Fleur Salad with Orangey Vinaigrette

Pretty flowers in your salad is so beautiful to behold. Of course, these have to be edible flowers. Adding a touch of flowers to your salad is a trend during summer when these lovely flowers are in bloom. Examples of edible flowers are : Chrysanthemum, snapdragon, Santan , Blue nasturtiums , Marigold or signet, Carnations, Sage flowers or Salvia, Rose petals, Hibiscus or gumamela, Jasmine, Chives flowers, Squash flowers, Banana blossoms or yucca, Gardenia or rosal; Herb flowers of basil, mint, coriander, marjoram, rosemary, thyme.

It’s great that Maya Kitchen shared this Fleur recipe with Orangey vinaigrette which is something I will prepare for my birthday this month. Why not try it too?

Fleur Salad with Orangey Vinaigrette

Salad:

mix of edible flowers

mix of greens

apple, sliced into thin wedges

 

Orangey Vinaigrette:

zest of 1 orange

¾ cup                        freshly-squeezed orange juice

3 tablespoons         white wine vinegar

¼ cup                       honey

½ cup                        extra virgin olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

1. Combine mix of edible flowers, greens and apple slices in a salad bowl and set aside.

2. In another bowl, combine orange zest, orange juice, white wine vinegar, honey, olive oil, salt and pepper.

3. Whisk until incorporated. Drizzle or toss in the salad.

NOTE: Canned sweetened orange juice may be substituted for the freshly-squeezed juice.

 

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Shrimp Potato Salad

shrimp potato saladWhen I made Shrimp Potato Salad for my ex-boyfriend (now my husband), he was very impressed. He loved the salad. Salads are so easy to prepare so that’s why I prepared this. I remember how I researched on the best combination for this salad. It’s a composite of a lot of recipes. You can also revise the recipe. Here it is.

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