Beet salad with walnuts (Moldova)

Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe, a former Soviet state. It is located near the Black Sea, but landlocked. Most of the people are of Moldovan ethnicity, Orthodox and speak Moldovan, though there is dispute whether they are a separate group from Romanians or not. Moldova is not known for much, except for wines (supposedly; I’ve never heard of Moldovan wines, but then again I don’t drink wine), including many sparkling wines, even sparkling reds. Tourism to the country also revolves around vineyards. The Moldovans also consume the most alcohol per capita in the world. The national sport is trânta, a type of wrestling.

The staple of Moldovan diet is mamaliga, or cornmeal mash somewhat like polenta. Wheat, rice and potatoes are eaten as well. Meat dishes and some sharp cheeses are popular, but many vegetables including tomatoes, beets, marrow, bell peppers, eggplant, cabbage, onion and leek are eaten too, as well as lentils and beans. Fish is very uncommon. Meat is often grilled while vegetables can be baked, steamed, pickled, salted, marinated or stuffed or made into salads, pies and soups. Garlic is used in almost every dish, but savory, cloves and tarragon are also popular. Most desserts are either baked goods with nuts and fruit, or halva or nougat. Food is usually eaten with wine.

This beet salad is healthy and rather tasty despite its simplicity.

Beet salad

Moldovan beet salad

3 medium beets
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup/1.2 dl finely chopped walnuts
3 tbsp vegan mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon juice

Cook the beets until soft. Peel and grate coarsely. Mix all the ingredients together and let sit for at least an hour. Serve cold, as an appetizer, side dish or even as a main dish. Makes 4-6 portions as a side.

One Response to “Beet salad with walnuts (Moldova)”

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    Hi Maija,
    thank you very much for this recipe.
    This salad is easily done and so delicious!

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