Salads & Pickles
Fresh organic delicious salads & pickles
Ukraine is blessed with incredibly fertile soil and ideal growing conditions. The North-west of Ukraine is covered in dense woodland, perfect for mushrooms. But in the South of the country Ukraine is famed for it's giant plump tomatoes, and deliciously juicy aubergines.
Many of the pickles are made in late Autumn as a way of preserving food for the winter. There is a wonderful word in Ukrainian called "Solinnya" which is used to describe the brine fermentation process - a little bit of salt and a little bit of warmth.
Salads play a big part in Ukrainian diet and culture. Everything seems to be tastier and fresher. Cucumbers are mostly pickled and Ukrainians use lots of herbs in there salads.
Kiev (Kyiv) cuisine has flourished in recent years and restaurants have access to some of the best fresh food on the planet.
Olivier salad Green peas, meat, eggs, potatoes, pickled cucumber, onion, mayonnaise and salt.
Kyivsky salad Boiled potatoes, mayonnaise, peas, meatballs, onions, egg, and herbs.
HuHutsul varya salad Boiled beetroot, kidney beans and prunes mixed in a sunflower oil and seasoned
Oseledets Delicious pickled herring salad with onion, sunflower oil and pepper.
Vinegret Beetroot & gherkin salad A classic salad up there with Olivier salad in home grown popularity. It is what it says mixed with peas, potato, onion and generously seasoned. Popular dish which is very tasty.
Ukrainian pickles are primarily vegetables that have been fermented. Fermentation is a natural process. It is caused when natural good bacteria and yeast react together. It is healthy, fermentation also happens to be the “good” bacteria we need for a healthy microbiome and good gut health.
Ukrainian fermented cucumbers are a very popular side dish that can be served barely fermented or super fizzy if left to ferment for longer. They are often served with cold meats but can also be added to soups and stews.
There is nothing better (or tastier) than home made Ukrainian sauerkraut. It is primarily white cabbage thinly sliced with added carrots and salt. It is left to ferment for around 3 months until the fermentation process has transformed the dish into a tasty treat.
You must try these if you have never had them before. Fizzy cherry coloured bombs that explode with flavour on your tongue. A simple dish consisting of water, salt, some garlic and peppercorns.
Pickling has long been a tradition in many countries to prolong and keep seasonal vegetables. Ukrainian pickled mushrooms can be done in a variety of ways, but which ever way they have been prepared they are sure to be delicious.