I went to a Russian school in Azerbaijan. Or to be more precise, it was a mixed school, with half of the students getting their education in the Russian language, with the other half – in Azeri. I was in the Russian half. I remember how as a schoolgirl I was enamored with the writing of the Russian writer Aleksandr Kuprin. One of my favorite stories by Kuprin was Granatoviy Braslet or The Garnet Bracelet. It was a love story. The plot evolved around a garnet studded bracelet the main character, Vera, a married young woman, received from her secret admirer who loved her passionately and selflessly. But let’s put the love aside now and talk about the bracelet, because, as it turns out, a bracelet can be edible too. How? Bear with me, I’ll tell you.
Granat in Russian means garnet. It is a precious stone, almost burgundy red with bright sparkling reflection, reminiscent of pomegranate arils. Granat in Russian also means pomegranate. In fact, the stone granat takes its name from the fruit granat, which in turn orinates from Latin granatus – pomegranate. So, the point of my ramble is that Granatoviy Braslet (the stone one) from Kuprin’s story actually inspired the creation of the edible Granatoviy Braslet, a salad that is shaped like a thick bracelet, studded with pomegranate seeds.
Numerous variations of this salad exist in Russia and across ex-Soviet countries and this is one I found in my recipe collection. The bracelet “effect” is achieved by placing a glass in the middle of the salad plate and assembling the layers of vegetables, eggs, chicken, and walnuts around it. The glass is removed once the layers have been assembled and the salad is covered with fresh pomegranate seeds all around. Beautiful! And who says you can’t eat a bracelet?
Layered “Pomegranate Bracelet” Salad
Makes 1 large bracelet, enough for 8-10
Note: If you are counting calories, use low fat mayonnaise for the dressing. Also, you may skip the dressing on some of the layers, and use it less frequently, if you wish.
3 medium carrots, boiled in water until tender, and peeled
3 medium potatoes, boiled in water until tender, and peeled
2 medium beets, boiled in water until tender and peeled (boil separately from carrots and potatoes)
3 hard-boiled eggs, shelled
1 cup walnuts, coarsely ground
2 medium skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cooked in slightly salted water, drained, and shredded into thin strips
salt, to taste
pomegranate seeds (from 1 large pomegranate)
For the Dressing:
mayonnaise, or half mayonnaise + half sour cream (reduced fat ok for both)
Using a coarse side of a box grater, grate the carrots, potatoes, beets, and eggs. Place on separate plates.
Put a tall glass in the middle of a large flat serving platter. You will arrange the ingredients in layers on the plate around that glass, and remove the glass once the salad has been assembled. Begin layering the ingredients evenly on the plate in the following order. Sprinkle the layers with some salt, but take care not to oversalt as mayonnaise is salty already.
2. Dressing (about 2 tablespoons, spread evenly)
3. Half of the beets
8. Half of the chicken
12. Remaining chicken
14. Remaining beets
Slather some dressing all over the “bracelet”. Carefully remove the glass from the plate. Generously sprinkle the salad with pomegranate seeds all around. Slightly press to adhere. Chill the salad in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour before serving, to allow the flavors a chance to blend.
That looks divine! The markets are nowadays overflowing with pomegranates and I will be trying it. Thanks for sharing!
otlichnie idei na sled nedele obyaz. poprobuyu vam osobiy privet i ogromnoe spasibo
Beautiful! it looks really good!
Farida, looks very beautiful ! will remember this when buying pomegranates.. 🙂
I’ve never seen or heard of this salad despite being from Azerbaijan =) It looks so beautiful! Like a real jeweled bracelet! I might just try it for New Years Eve. Thanks so much for sharing! I love your photography as always!
P.S. I’m so sorry I haven’t posted our feature yet. I promise I have not forgotten, just been really busy this week. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to post it over the weekend =)
Uydaa. Never ever seen such a beauty!! even in Azerbaijan. This is what I will ask my mom for New Year :))
Superbbbbbbbb, ik love pomegranates !!!!!!!!!
I remember reading the story ”Granatovy Braslet” when I was in the 10th grade. At that time I didn’t even imagine that such lovely salad in a form of pomegranate braclet could exist.
Seeing your recipe, I immediately wanted to give it a try. Moreover, as a Russian girl, I love Russian salads which are always so nice to make and eat. They are always full of different ingredients laid in wonderful assembled layers. Well, recently, over 5-6 years I am trying to substitute the mayonnaise with dressing which is lighter and less rich in calories. I used to put Greek yogurts in my salads and it works perfectly well as Greek yogurt is rich in taste and smooth in texture, I just add a teaspoon of salt and pepper and a drop of lemon juice.
Back to this wonderful salad. You’re right saying that several versions of this salad exist: meat, vegetable (with potatoes and cabbage ), seafood and fish. Once I eat tuna pomegranate salad and it was really delicious.
I guess we are free to put any other ingredients we like in this salad.
I’ll give a try !
Thanks again for reminding me of this salad as I have almost forgotten about its existence :))
Such a beautiful arrangement for a dish! Now I know how to impress my guests with a salad.
Hey! I want to hear more about that story!
The bracelet is gorgeous!
Wow! That looks truly amazing – stunning!
I love both the presentation and the story! In Lebanon we always ate a salad we called “salade russe”, with small diced veggies and mayo. I have never seen such a great presentation for it!
I assumed it was introduced to the country by the many Russian emigrés from the Bolshevik revolution, which we called “white Russians”
what a fun name for a one-of-a-kind dish! i’ve never seen anything even remotely like this but it’s amazing–bravo.
That is absolutely beautiful! I love the story behind it as well!
Thank you Feride for introducing Aleksandr Kuprin. I’m interested in literature, but never read a book or story of him. I’ll try to find that story to have an idea of his language and style.
This bracelet must be the most valuable jewelry. Pomegranate seeds look like red pearls, so they make this bracelet gorgeous! And happy to hear it’s edible:) It sounds like a unique salad with all these flavors and its amazing brightness.
What a beautiful piece of jewelry 😉 The prettiest pomegranate recipe I have ever seen.
beautiful on all levels and so creative!
A lovely, stunning & apart bracelet! Hahaha!
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,…..I have never seen such a good recipe!
That looks too beautiful to eat.
Very pretty – I am inspired to read the book!
Wow, this is amazing…love the idea and the creativity…great combination of flavor and color…nice pictures 🙂
Its Beautiful Farida! pomegranate is sucha lovely fruit. I really lik eit but unfortunately its xpensive here. But that story n bracelt is stunning!
very pretty Farida! and a love story at that. i want such a pretty bracelet too 😉 Happy christmas darling. Hope you’re well. x
Hello Farida, this is so cute! WOW! I want a bracelet just like that! 🙂 Merry Christmas!
I made your Zebra cake today, and its up on my blog 🙂
Mmm, looks yummy! You have a wonderful site!
I love so much the story of your dish thanks for the sharing !!
Pierre from Paris France
Farida ~ HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Didn’t want to miss this special day. Hope you have spent it in some wonderful way.
Commented over on FWB, that I like your pommie pic. Ate a delicious one recently. Despite my careful attempts at NOT squirting…got pom juice all over my shirt! Thankfully, it came out in the wash. After reading a couple of your NAR posts….will have to go to the grocery and get some more.
when u say grated patatoe,beets etc…does it have to be grated or can I mash them instead,,I will be making it,,,but I always read the recipe before.
ANITA: Better if you grate them on a coarse side of a box grater. Beets are difficult to mash anyway, so you will need a grater. Hope this helps.
I love the way you intoduce your recipes. You know I am one of the oldest fans of your blog, but I don’t know how I missed this one. Your pictures, your writing and the recipe itself are beatiful.
Thank you once again for all your recipes, they are sooooooo great 🙂 I tried this salad and it was very good.
I already tried almost all your salads, the pomegranate one, the chicken salad with peepers, the one with carrots and going to try the one with marinated mushrooms tomorrow 🙂 I just love them ALL !!! They really are easy to make and very tasty.
I’m so happy I found your blog !
Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe as well as for the sharing of the history beyond the recipe…
I´m a recent follower of your blog and I´m delighted with so many, new and exciting recipes.
I know about nothing about Azerbaijan cooking and each one of your recipes is a nice surprise for me…
Thanks again for sharing.
Best wishes from spain.
*gasp* It’s breathtakingly beautiful!!! I can’t wait until pomegranates are in season so I can make this!!! Thanks so much!!! 🙂
I didn’t know about the origin of the word pomergranate or the interesting love story by kuprin. I wonder if his works are translated into English. Thsi recipe looks absolutely beautiful !
i made this one on new years eve. Came out great. Everybody was amazed. They said that they never seen such beauty before. I got so many compliments.
Thank you Farida!
Happy new year!!
really enjoyed reading the story.. this intro makes this simple recipe more delicious )) and I’m sure everyone is now interested in reading the Granatoviy Braslet by Kuprin 😉
I wonder how Farida manages to take such nice shots with professional focus and blurs 😉
We start Ramadan on Monday and this will be my surprise meal to my family on the first day of fasting…..i dont think anybody will eat anything else 🙂 .Thanks Feride. Gehan
looks wonderfulllll !!! I’ll make this salad tomorrow inshAllah.
made it. was so tasty! 🙂