About Food – Introduction to Georgian Salads

Georgia is blessed with wonderful fresh vegetables, ideal for making delicious, refreshing salads.

Ingredients. The basic ingredients of a Georgian salad consist of tomatoes, fresh parsley, purple basil, green peppers, red onion and cucumbers. Cheese (Georgian Imeritian) or walnuts can also be added.

You will also need ground coriander, salt, ground red pepper and ground saffron if you want to make a Georgian Salad with Nuts.

Preparation. Chop vegetables (and cheese if you want cheese) as shown in the photograph below.

If you are making a Georgian Salad with Nuts, remove shells and crush the nuts, together with one clove of garlic, a pinch of saffron, a pinch of ground coriander and a pinch of salt, using a mortar and pestle.

Add one teaspoon of wine vinegar, one teaspoon of water (or more depending on taste) and mix into a paste.

Place prepared ingredients in a salad bowl. Add a sprinkling of wine vinegar or oil, according to taste.

Great! Depending on what you decided to make you can sit back and enjoy your Georgian Salad or Georgian Salad with Cheese or Georgian Salad with Walnuts.

Georgian Salad

Georgian Salad with Cheese

Georgian Salad with Walnuts

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19 Responses to “About Food – Introduction to Georgian Salads”
  1. dang. now i’m hungry ;)

    that looks delicious – thanks for sharing.

  2. Wow, it looks yummy! =)

  3. Jodi Stone says:

    More and more you’re making me want to travel to Georgia. :-)

  4. Those photographs are amazing, and that salad looks very appetizing!

  5. Chancy and Mumsy says:

    The salads not only look and sound delicious they are very healthy. Fresh veggies and herbs are great! Hugs

  6. puzzle says:

    I want some now! No, wait – I want a big bowl!

  7. eripanwkevin says:

    *drools* my human family loooove salad and this Georgian Salad looks very delicious!!! They use basil sometimes but never seen purple one in Japan….I wonder if we have? Does it taste different from green basil? Woof?

    • Bassas Blog says:

      I am very pleased you liked it Kevin. Salads are very popular here, especially in Summer. I have no idea if the purple one tastes different from the green one – it looks more colorful though! :)

  8. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…………………. *drool, drool* :)

  9. Helene Healey says:

    this looks absolutely gorgeous can’t wait to try the Georgian walnut salad.

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