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Recipes: Salads/Side Orders

Anne’s shrimp and mango salad

We had some friends over today and I needed something bright and yummy (and without gluten) to be served on this sunny day. I was browsing my to-do(-again) lists, and opted for a refreshing mango and shrimp salad that I’ve made before. It’s light, it’s easy, and it’s quite an eye-catcher, so perfect for a summer get-together. As I suspected, …

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Recipe for a Latvian Beet and Bean Salad (Pupiņu un Biešu Salāti)

A few years ago Saveur, the American food magazine, featured some Latvian recipes (Latvians, remember, are our Southern neighbours). Among them was a recipe for beet and bean salad, Pupiņu un Biešu Salāti, that caught my attention. I love beetroot, and cook and eat various beetroot salads quite frequently. Some of my favourite beet salad recipes have been featured here on Nami-Nami …

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Layered Vegetable Salad with Smoked Salmon

(From the Nami-Nami recipe archives.) “Kasukas” – “fur coat” – is a name for a layered vegetable salad that is very popular here in Estonia, especially during the cold and dark season. The salad has chopped cured herring as the bottom layer, topped with layers of grated or chopped beets, carrots, potatoes and other vegetables and “glued together” with thin …

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Courgette salad recipe (Shredded Zucchini Salad)

We’ve got just three summer squash plants this year, and gosh, have they’ve supplied our family well. I harvest one or two good-sized courgettes (zucchini) every other day and I’ve been cooking all our family favourites on a regular basis (see recipe links at the end of the post). I’ve also been discovering new and novel ways of using the …

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Blueberry and feta salad

We’ve had a few good sunny and warm weeks here in Estonia, with temperatures hovering above 20 C on most days (that should be around 70 F). Warmer on some days, with occasional showers. A nice summer indeed. The weather also determines the food, of course. Ice teas, panzanella and fattoush salads, gazpacho-style and kefir-based cold soups (sweet and savoury) – …

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A great starter recipe: Shrimp and cucumber salad with mint vinaigrette

Photo by Juta Kübarsepp for the May 2013 issue of Kodu ja Aed (“Home and Garden”, an Estonian monthly)Back in early April, when I was trying to decide what starter would suit my Mother’s Day menu spread in the next magazine, a FB-friend mentioned Jamie Oliver’s shrimp and cucumber salad in a totally different context. I’m not a huge fan of shrimps – although …

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Ham, leek and kidney bean salad

If you have ever visited Estonia, then you know we’re fond of various chopped salads with mayonnaise and sour cream dressing. We’re pretty proud of our potato salad, which requires hours of dedicated chopping and dicing and tends to be on many a birthday table. I’ve offered you some recipes here on Nami-Nami that fit the category – potato and …

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Crunchy carrot salad with salted peanuts

What’s your best time-saving tip in the kitchen? Here’s one of mine. Lately I’ve developed the habit of peeling a big batch – about a kilogram/two pounds or so – of carrots at once. Using my food processor, I grate half of them finely, to be used in soups and various raw salads, meat-based pasta sauces, as well as carrot …

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Shrimp salad on rye appetizers

Christmas and New Year, although just a scant week apart, seem to be different seasons altogether for our little family here in Estonia. Throughout December and until Christmas, we eat black pudding and sauerkraut and pork roasts – the traditional Christmas fare – a lot. We’ll start eating Christmassy food early, weeks before Christmas. You see, you need to identify the …

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Beetroot pkhali, or Georgian beet salad with walnuts and herbs

There have been no beetroot recipes on Nami-Nami recently. I wrote about the wonderful Persian dish, beetroot borani, back in May, but that’s three months ago! Me thinks there’s definitely time for another beet dish, or I’m in danger of losing my Beetroot Princess* title 🙂 A fortnight ago we hosted a Georgian feast in our backyard, and one of …

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