Saturday, 31 January 2015

Belarusian Beef Salad (Paparats Kvetka)

This salad got its name from the fern flower (Paparats Kvetka), a magic flower in Slavic mythology. Slices of beef, ham, tomatoes and cucumbers high-light this attractive main-dish salad. Marinated onion adds a special touch to it, a nice change from usual salads.


8 ounces
beef (sirlion steak)
1⁄2 pound
deli ham
cucumber (medium)
tomatoes (medium)
onion (medium)
5 tablespoons
white vinegar
1⁄3 teaspoon
1⁄4 teaspoon
mayonnaise (to taste)


1. Place the meat in a pot, cover it with water. Bring the pot to a boil, put a cover on it so the water doesn't all evaporate, and then set it to a gentle boil. Cook for about 40 minutes. (You can fry the beef for 5 minutes on each side instead).
2. Mix vinegar, sugar and salt in a deep plate. Slice the onion and put in the mixture. Let stand for about 15 minutes.
Belarusian Beef Salad (Paparats Kvetka) photo instruction 1
3. Cut beef, ham, cucumber and tomatoes into even thin strips.
Belarusian Beef Salad (Paparats Kvetka) photo instruction 2
4. Divide each ingredient in 2 or 3 parts (depending on the size of servings you want to get). Arrange 1 part of the ingredients on each serving plate (I arranged each ingredient to form a triangle).
5. It's best served chilled. Dress the salad with mayonnaise right before eating.
Belarusian Beef Salad (Paparats Kvetka) photo instruction 3


  1. this looks delicious and we are going to try and make it soon!

  2. Alena can you please contact me at ?
    Thank You

    Brett Kraft