This Ukrainian salad is very attractive and delicious. It is one of my favorite foods to bring to potlucks and parties, but sometimes I just make it at home to surprise my American friends. You can easily adjust the size of the salad as it has equal parts of almost all ingredients.
This salad comes with a story and with a special presentation, so it is especially fun to do when your guests have children. I was always asked why it has such a name – Goat in the Garden? So, here is how you present this salad and the story.
You prepare the salad without mixing of the ingredients as shown in the main picture. Tell your guests that the salad represents a beautiful garden where different vegetables grow. Then a goat comes and starts making a mess in the garden, mixing everything with his horns while you mix all of the ingredients together. This salad and its presentation are always fun for adults but of course, the children are especially interested in this fun story.
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– 1 cup shredded green or white cabbage (raw)
– 1 cup grated carrots (raw)
– 1 cup grated cooked beets
– 1 cup canned peas
– 1 cup canned corn
– 1/2 cup onion (sweet or purple), finely diced
– Roasted chicken breast, cut into 1/2” x 1/2” cubes – about 1 cup
– 1/2 cup mayonnaise of your choice or my homemade mayonnaise
– 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
– Salt and Pepper to taste
- Cook beets for about 1 hour or until they can easily be pierced with a knife.
2. Once they are cooked, let them cool down, then peel and grate.
3. Roast the chicken breast. Heat the oven to 400°F. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray. Brush both sides of chicken with oil or butter. Sprinkle both sides with seasoned salt and black pepper. Place in baking dish. Roast uncovered 25 to 35 minutes or until cooked. Let it cool down, then cut into 1/2” x 1/2” cubes.
4. Grate carrots and dice the onion.
5. Arrange all ingredients on a large plate in a circle, put mayonnaise in the center, and sprinkle the mayonnaise with green onions. Do not mix the ingredients until ready to serve.
6. Before serving and after telling the story about the goat, mix all of the ingredients together, add salt and pepper if needed.
When making this salad, feel free to experiment with the ingredients – you can also use purple cabbage, sweet bell pepper or fresh peas.