For special celebrations in our family, everyone makes their favorite foods. We have a very eclectic group of recipes from all over the world that have become favorites, and we love to find ways to include microgreens in old and new favorites.
This special Russian salad recipe is from a young man who became part of our family for a year as a FLEX exchange student from Russia. He was homesick for all the flavors from home so we found what he needed and he spent hours making this special salad. It was an instant hit with everyone.
In Russia it is called ‘Салат из крабовых палочек’ or, ‘salad from crab sticks’, and it usually includes rice, and perhaps onion, peas, or other ingredients- each family has their own special ingredient.
Over the years we have made it our own with quinoa and microgreens. Although it looks a little different than when Stas was here and made it for us, we think of him with fondness every time we make it. My preference is to add pea, buckwheat, and chive microgreens, but almost any microgreen will be a good addition- try radish, mustard or shiso for a different flavor.
Have you ever had an exchange student live with you? Did they cook any special meals from their country?