Shepherd’s Salad (Choban Salad)

Here is another recipe for a colorful summer salad from Azerbaijan, Choban Salad (Shepherd’s Salad in English). Made with fresh vegetables, this salad can be served as a side or with some cheese and bread as a main dish.

Rattlesnake Beans with Onions and Peppers

Rattlesnake Beans with Onions and Peppers  sounds delicious – just kidding. Don’t worry there are no actual rattlesnakes involved in this recipe. The name comes from the streaky pattern the rattlesnake beans develop as they mature, which supposedly resembles a pattern on a rattlesnake.

Roasted Vegetable Salad (Mangal Salad)

While I was vacationing in Azerbaijan, I enjoyed eating several varieties of delicious salad called Mangal, a very popular summer dish. Traditionally most of the ingredients for the salad are grilled on skewers on a mangal, a Caucasian style grill, and served as a side with grilled meat (kebab).

Borsch (Beet and Cabbage Soup)

Borsch originated in Ukraine, but is popular in Eastern Europe and the republics of former USSR. I love preparing it, especially in cold months, to warm up and get my dose of nutrients from all the hearty vegetables that it is made of. Try it! You won’t regret! Servings: 6-8 Ingredients Beef Stew (Optional): 1… Continue reading Borsch (Beet and Cabbage Soup)