Bibi’s Bites - Ruccola Salad

by Bibi Ebel on March 8, 2023

Editor’s note: Bibi sent this to me while Budapest was still covered in a thick blanket of snow, the daily high was -7°C and strawberries were an uncommon treat. Now that Spring is around the corner they are available pretty much everywhere in Budapest.

I was doing my regular Saturday grocery shopping, when I came across a rare (I thought) item for winter– strawberries. Fresh and beautiful they were (and cheap, at 359 HUF a package at Auchan). So, naturally I bought it - Budapest being covered in snow was wonderful, but I wanted sun and summer. And there I thought of one of my favourite salad recipes. Take strawberries, top them up with ruccola and a couple of other things and there you have it. The bitterness of the ruccola is diluted by the strawberries and apples, while pine nuts and dressing add a delicious flavour, making a healthy, beautiful starter, sophisticated, yet unpretentious, bright, colourful and yum-yum-yummy.


One package of ruccola (80 gr)
3 strawberries (eper)
Half an apple (alma)
1 tablespoon of pine nuts (fenyőmag)

½ teaspoon of sugar (cukor)
1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar (balzsamecet)
2 teaspoon of olive oil (olívaolaj)
1 teaspoon of regular white vinegar (I use 10%) (ételecet)






Cut strawberries, slice apples and mix with the ruccola. In a separate dish add the ingredients for the dressing and mix well. Pour dressing over the salad and sprinkle with pine nuts. Serve and enjoy! Egészségedre!


I am Bibi Ebel, Kazakh by birth, living in Canada with my wonderful husband and two adorable daughters Hannah (3 years) and Lara (7 months). We moved to Budapest in August 2011 and love-love-love it here. My attitude to life is like my attitude to our house: must be clean enough to be healthy and messy enough to be happy.

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