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Russian Tomato Salad

Russian Tomato Salad

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Alexandra Romanov

A wonderful and easy Russian salad. Outstanding with Russian Stew.

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  • Calories:
  • 132 kcal
  • 7%
  • Fat:
  • 8.3 g
  • 13%
  • Carbs:
  • 13.1g
  • 4%
  • Protein:
  • 2.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 17 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 28 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. In a medium bowl, toss together sweet onions, tomatoes, and green bell peppers.
  2. Blend sour cream and dill in a small bowl. Lightly toss into the salad mixture. Cover, and chill in the refrigerator until serving.
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This will be a definite winner, if you make a few changes - very easy: - use cubanelle green peppers - they provide the most flavor and this is the type of pepper we have and always use in Russia - instead of chopping, slice the onions and peppers - this will provide for a better flavor and nicer texture - put sliced onions, pepper and dill (may increase to 2 tsp ) into a salad bowl, put salt (1/2 tsp or to taste) and, with your hands, mix them together, lightly pressing on the vegetables in order for them to give a little juice - but do not press too much so that they don't lose their firmness - this step is the key, actually! Once that is done, add chopped tomatoes with all the juice. I usually take tomato in one hand and cut off small slices right above the salad bowl (do not lose the juice and seeds!). - After that you can actually go 2 ways: either add 2 tablespoonfuls of sour cream (together with the vegetable juices you've got in the bowl it will make plenty of dressing) or you can add 2 tablespoons of oil (canola, vegetable, but not olive oil). You may add some lemon juice to taste to the oil version. Both salads (with either oil or sour cream) are awesome if done this way. Please try!


This is one of my favourite salads. Though I don't use red pepper. I do this simply with tomatoes, cucumbers and onions. And some herbs. It can also be done with mayonnaise. For a quick salad I cut up one cucumber, one tomato, one onion, add some herbs and about a big spoonful of sour cream or mayonnaise and mix it up. You'll be able to tell. It should be mixed the same as something like tuna salad or potato salad.


In Russia, we put chopped up cucumber instead of bell pepper in this salad. Also, a cup of sour cream is too much! That would make it too runny. Put enough to coat all vegetables. And add salt and pepper to taste. Its better that way.