“Men’s Caprice” salad

The "Men’s Caprice" salad is an invention of the Soviet era (although the name likely appeared quite recently). The gist of it is to take the most simple and satisfying ingredients and prepare a salad so that a hungry man has a full belly. Dietitians and gourmets will hardly like this salad, however, it is even served to a festive table in many Russian houses.


  • Beef - 200 g
  • onion - 1 big bulb
  • egg - 3 pcs.
  • semi-hard cow milk cheese (like Gouda cheese) - 100 g
  • mayonnaise - 220 ml
  • lemon juice - 2 tbsp.
  • salt – to taste
  • sugar - 1/2 tsp.

Preparation method (receipt)

Boil the meat: put the beef in a saucepan, add water to completely cover the meat. Bring to a boil on a high heat, skim off the foam, slack the fire and cook for 50 minutes covered. Salt and cook for another 5 minutes. Take the meat out and cool. Boil eggs: put eggs in cold water, bring to a boil and cook on a medium heat for 7 minutes. Marinade onion: slice it into semi-circles, cover with boiling-hot water and immediately drain water (hot water takes off the onion bitterness). Squeeze the juice out of lemon and dilute it with a glass of water and sugar. Pour in onion. Cover the dish with a lid and marinade onion for 20 minutes. Drain the marinade, dry the onion and put on a plate, in which there will be a salad. Make a mesh of mayonnaise. Cut the meat into small strips and lay on top of the onion. Make a mesh of mayonnaise again. Repeat this layer once more. Peel eggs, coarse grate right on a salad over the meat. Make a mesh of mayonnaise. Fine grate cheese and lay it in the fourth layer. Dress with greens and/or olives cut into 4 parts.

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