There's no shortage of little bites, known as zakuski, at Russian parties. The idea is to awaken your palate, to make you hungry for the meal to come. One of my favorites is this intensely garlicky beet salad. The original concept is rather simple: grated beets, lots of garlic, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. I'm sure there are variations on a theme, but you get the idea. The garlic is potent, but not abrasive, and I mellowed it out a bit by adding some lemon juice and zest, dates, and chopped walnuts. I also blended sour cream with mayonnaise for a more luxurious feel.
Recipe courtesy of Olga Massov
Garlicky Beet Salad with Walnuts and Dates
Yield:
Serves 8 to 10 as a side dish
Level:
None
Yield:
Serves 8 to 10 as a side dish
Level:
None

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds beets, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 7 large garlic cloves, mashed into a paste
  • 6 medjool dates, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • Zest of 1 lemon, preferably organic
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F with the rack in the middle. Trim and halve the beets lengthwise, and place in a 13-by-9-inch roasting pan. Fill with enough water so it comes halfway up the sides, cover the top tightly with foil and roast the beets for 30 to 40 minutes (depending on beets' size), until fork-tender. Remove from the oven, let cool, and slip the skins off. Using the coarsest setting on the food processor or the hand grater, shred the beets. In a large bowl, toss the beets with the remaining ingredients and mix until well-combined. Taste and adjust seasonings accordingly, if needed. Serve immediately or refrigerate.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Beet Salad

Citrus Beet Salad

Recipe courtesy of Ingrid Hoffmann

Roasted Yellow Beet Salad

Recipe courtesy of Chuck Hughes

Beet and Apple Salad

Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Roasted Beet Salad

Recipe courtesy of Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Roasted Beet Salad

Recipe courtesy of Tia Mowry

Roasted Beet Salad

Recipe courtesy of Tiffani Thiessen

Beet Root Salad

Cooking Tips 3 Videos

Step-by-step photos

Eggs 101: Poached 01:24

These easy steps will have you poaching eggs to perfection in no time.

Similar Topics:

On TV

Emeril's Florida

9:30am | 8:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

10am | 9c

Unwrapped 2.0

10:30am | 9:30c

Unwrapped 2.0

11am | 10c

Unwrapped 2.0

11:30am | 10:30c

Unwrapped

12pm | 11c

Unwrapped

12:30pm | 11:30c

Unwrapped

1pm | 12c

Unwrapped

1:30pm | 12:30c

Unwrapped

2pm | 1c

Unwrapped

2:30pm | 1:30c

Man Fire Food

3:30pm | 2:30c

Man Fire Food

4:30pm | 3:30c

Man Fire Food

5:30pm | 4:30c

Man Fire Food

6:30pm | 5:30c

Carnival Eats

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Carnival Eats

8pm | 7c

Carnival Eats

8:30pm | 7:30c

Carnival Eats

9:30pm | 8:30c

Farmers' Market Flip

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Carnival Eats

12am | 11c

Carnival Eats

12:30am | 11:30c

Carnival Eats

1am | 12c

Carnival Eats

1:30am | 12:30c

Farmers' Market Flip

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c

So Much Pretty Food Here