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I make this all the time, usually with chicken. I use boiled potatoes, carrots, a bit of parsnip and maybe root of celery. I used to add peas, I haven't used them lately. You can use pickled or roasted red peppers, but it will be fine without. Dill pickles are a must, but I don't use any of the juice. I mix everything with mayonnaise and mustard, and I only use salt and pepper for spices. It turns out great! Another simple favorite is boiled beef with chopped dill pickles, mixed with mayo and a bit of mustard. Simple and tasty!
This is an extrememly awesome salad. I have some friends who are from Romania and i had this at their house today. Only they used Canadian Bacon, hard boiled eggs, onions, pickles, potatoes, roasted bell peppers, olive oil, Kalamat olives and mustard for a dressing and pepper to taste. I am headed to the store to get the ingrediants to make it for my family tonight.
For meat eaters, try it with beef meat, or chicken breast meat! The original recipe is with beef. However, you don't fry the chicken or beef meat as you would with sausages, you boil the meat, let it cool, then cut it in small pieces, same as the vegetables. I used to eat this in Romania every New Year and I still make it every year. It's a great recipe!
I feel I can't really assign stars as I am not sure I was on the right track and did make changes to the recipe. That said, I did like what I came up with. I omitted the vegetarian sausages & used frozen peas and pickles along with a diced red pepper. For spices I used dill, salt, pepper, and some lemon zest trying for the tangy in your intro. Made for the ZWT4.