SaladsThere is a large variety of salads in the Russian cuisine. As a rule, these are dishes with a dressing, made with seasonal vegetables. Light summer salads can contain fresh vegetables: tomatoes, cucumbers, radishes and various herbs. Winter salads are heavier and are made with boiled vegetables: beets, potatoes, and carrots.
Salads are mainly served as cold appetizers, followed by soups or main courses. At a special occasion meal in Russia the quantity and variety of salads depends on the creativity and hospitality of the cook: sometimes there are more salads on the table than the rest of the dishes all together.
Russian salads are not always made with vegetables only: there are salads made with meat, fish, or mushrooms. The typical dressings are sunflower oil, sour cream of mayonnaise. Many Russian salads can be a great accompaniment for meat, fish or chicken.