One of my most favorite salads, this cold beet salad with goat cheese, arugula, pear, walnuts, and basil makes a perfect side dish to grilled meats but is also great on its own. Tossed in a flavorful honey-balsamic-basil dressing, it’s refreshing and crazy delicious!
Igor’s parents have a cabin near the woods. Every spring and summer weekend we go there for fresh pine-infused air, for shashlik (skewered and grilled cubes of meat popular in Central and Eastern Europe as well as in Central Asia), and simply to relax from the city noise. Birds chirping, wind blowing through trees, no internet connection whatsoever… So peaceful. That’s when your mind truly relaxes.