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Monday, December 26, 2011

Salată de crudități în piersici din compot (Raw winter salad in preserved peaches) (Romanian)

Merry Christmas everyone! We thought this is a good time to give you a peek into something more traditional for us Romanians in wintertime. Enjoy your winter holidays in whatever tradition you're keeping them! :)

The raw winter roots salad is a delicious and easy staple in Romanian houses, traditionally made in a season when other fresh salad ingredients besides roots are hard to come by. It has become a go-to food for almost all households and a detail of many home-related nostalgia of Romanians everywhere. This is a less common, but still Romanian way to serve this salad: by filling peach halves from a peach compote with it. It may sound weird, but it's a delicious combination. 

Last year: Smoked salmon on lemon-herb butter toast

  • carrots, parsley and celery roots in equal quantities
  • a red apple (for about 600-700 g of roots, use only half or a quarter of the apple if making less salad)
  • mayonnaise (about as much as each root)
  • a bit of salt and pepper to taste
  • peach halves from a peach compote for serving 

Prepare the roots and apple:

Peel the roots, wash the apple and grate them in the food processor. Mix with the mayo in a bowl.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Prepare the peach halves (careful, they're really slippery :) ):

Fill the peaches with the salad and serve immediately. The remaining salad can be well stored in the fridge and is even better cold.

Dig in! :)

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