Although I realise that outside my country, this salad is often called ‘Russian Salad‘, here we all know it as ‘Vegetable Salad’. It used to be the most popular salad in Poland for many, many years. No party, celebration or social gathering happened without this dish.
Even preparing this salad was a bit of a social occasion. It was always made in large quantities and very often, at least 2 people were cutting the vegetables and chatting while they were doing it.
I remember from my childhood that the women from my family were always cutting the vegetables very thinly. It was because they believed that if the cubes were too big, the Vegetable Salad would not taste as good as it should 😉
Nowadays, I prefer the salad not to contain such tiny pieces. It is still delicious, but the preparation doesn’t take as long as it used to in the past.
What I also like about this salad is that you end up with an extremely useful by-product – good quality vegetable stock that can be used as a base for many different soups.
Apparently, it also works the other way around: you cook the stock that you need, and then you use the vegetables to make the salad. Whichever way you are going to do it; you will enjoy the two results!
P.S. Are you interested in some other ideas for salads? – You may want to check them here.