FoodTurn heads this New Year's Eve with Ruby Salad - a vibrant, tasty concoction

Turn heads this New Year's Eve with Ruby Salad - a vibrant, tasty concoction

Ruby Salad
Ruby Salad
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12:02 PM EST, December 31, 2023

As New Year's Eve draws nearer, considering what might make you stand out at the party is worth considering. It's not always about colorful clothes, perfect makeup, or shiny decorations. I'm referring to a culinary showstopper. New Year's Eve presents an opportunity for fun and delicious food. The best options are tasty snacks and light dishes, such as the ruby salad, which guests will enjoy visually before they bite. Unlike most chicken salads, it isn't pale - unique ingredients give it a vibrant, ruby-like color.

The Ruby Salad Recipe


  • About 1.5 lbs of chicken breast,
  • 2 bay leaves,
  • 4 grains of black pepper,
  • 3 flat teaspoons of salt,
  • 2 large pomegranates,
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs,
  • Shallot or red onion,
  • 4 medium pickled cucumbers,
  • A handful of black olives,
  • 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise,
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
Salad© Adobe Stock | Robert Bertold


  1. Place the chicken in cold water, and add bay leaves, pepper, and salt. Cook everything covered over medium heat, continually skimming off any scum that forms on the surface of the water.
  2. Boil the eggs until they're hard, and let them cool down.
  3. Cut the pomegranates in half crosswise. Use a spoon to knock the seeds into a bowl. Alternatively, you can cut the fruit in half and manually extract the seeds. Be sure to wear gloves, as pomegranate juice can stain your hands.
  4. Shred the cooled chicken meat.
  5. If you're using beets, grate them and drain the excess water.
  6. Dice the eggs, onion, and cucumbers. Slice the olives.
  7. Put all chopped and sliced ingredients into a large bowl. Add salt, pepper, and mayonnaise and mix everything thoroughly. Press down on the mixture with a spoon.
  8. Quickly invert the bowl onto a plate. Tap it on each side and then lift it off after a while. Smother the resulting mound with the grated beetroot and pomegranate seeds.
  9. Your ruby salad is complete! You can now refrigerate it for about an hour before serving.
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