I picked up a used copy of VERDURA: Vegetables Italian Style by Viana La Place after reading multiple posts on Chowhound about how great the recipes are. I’m quite glad I did. I’ve mostly been making the salads but there are lots of pastas, soups, antipasti and even main dish recipes as well. This Russian Salad caught my eye because of the capers. In addition to making a great salad, this also makes a good sandwich filling according to La Place. I didn’t get a chance to try that idea out as we ate the salad all up fairly quickly.
I used red beets rather than her golden ones, canned green beans and wax beans, left out the anchovies and just mixed lemon juice into store-bought mayonnaise rather following her recipe for homemade lemon mayonnaise–and it was still delicious!