3 or 4 scallions, or 1 or 2 shallots
1 cucumber peeled and seeded
16 oz. can beets, whole, sliced, or julienned or 3 cups roasted beets (3-4 beets)
1 jar bottled beet borscht
1 cup vegetable broth
1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
With an electric blender or food processor, first chop the scallions.
Add the rest of the solid ingredients with just enough of the liquids to blend (do not pureé).
Mix beet borsht through vinegar or lemon juice in a large bowl or 5 quart saucepan.
Add vegetable mixture.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Chill several hours.
4 small potatoes
2 small beets
1/2 lb. green beans
3 small dill pickles, diced
1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Wash, peel and dice potatoes into desired size. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and roast in a large pan, fitted with parchment paper for approximately 50 minutes. Peel and dice beets. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, add to the potatoes and roast for 40 minutes. Wash green beans and cut into thirds. Toss with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, add to the pan and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Stir in roasted vegetables and dill pickles and coat evenly. Serve warm, at room temperature or chilled.
Note: The vegetables will be roasting at different lengths of time. The potatoes need 50 minutes, so do them first. Prepare the beets and add them 10 minutes later and then add the green beans 25 minutes after that.
This is a Russian version of our traditional potato salad.
4 beets, washed, long strands removed
1/4 cup beet stems, finely chopped (only use if crisp)
2 medium peaches, cut into wedges; pits discarded
1 shallot, or 1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup sweet bell or cubano (cubanelle) pepper, finely chopped
2 – 3 tablespoons olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper to taste
handful of fresh basil leaves for garnish
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Wrap beets individually in foil and place on a baking sheet.
Roast for approximately 30-40 minutes, depending on size of beets.
Remove from the oven.
Unwrap beets and let cool completely.
Once cool enough to handle, peel the skins off (they should slip off easily).
Cut beets into quarters or eighths.
In a large bowl, toss the onion, pepper and beet stems with olive oil, lemon juice; add salt and pepper to taste.
Add beets and peaches. Gently toss to combine.
Add the basil leaves for garnish just before serving.