My Red Riding Hood salad

I have written a couple of times about a lovely sounding Ukrainian salad called Little Red Riding Hood salad because the top is covered with a crimson cloak of red pomegranate seeds which sparkle like jewels. My Ukrainian friend told me about it, but I think there are many recipes from surrounding countries which are very similar. Beneath the red topping there are layers of other ingredients and traditionally there are nine which include hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, onions, chicken, walnuts, carrots, cheese, mayonnaise. The salad is built in layers, so I guess it looks like a rainbow when it is cut into! One thing I discovered, the word for pomegranate in Ukrainian is the same as garnet the gemstone – isn’t that nice, pomegranate seeds really do look like bright little jewels!

As you can imagine with all those ingredients, a very big dish results so I have never made one, although often thought about it, imagining how delicious it might be. Last weekend was the annual family Christmas party, my four cousins and partners, as many of the twelve children, plus partners and grandchildren as can make it, plus my family… a very large gathering! Not everyone can come every time, so last weekend there were about thirty or so of us – perfect for a Red Riding Hood salad!

I improvised because I couldn’t quite remember the recipe, but also wanted to make it appealing and with ingredients I knew everyone would like, so from the top down (with occasional repeats to make it pretty and a few extras for flavour) and with mayonnaise dabbed here and there:

  • pomegranate seeds
  • rocket
  • potato salad
  • cranberry bread
  • spring onions
  • chicken
  • walnuts
  • carrots
  • beetroot

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