The classic Soviet New Year’s menu is as resistant to change as the current regime. It all hinges on two mandatory, incredibly labor-intensive, mayonnaise-based cold salads: Salad Olivier and Herring Under Fur Coat.
Shrimp, Fennel, and Orange salad was invented for a Russian holiday but has remained a firm favorite throughout the summer. It’s quick and easy: under 30 minutes, you have a delicious salad that works equally well as starter or main course.
Tomatoes are in the magnificent zenith of their brief season, and I’m on a mission to enjoy them almost every way I know how, including with grains in the large, lush salads that make up my lunches and dinners this time of year.