Here are just a few of my favourites that non-Russians would probably pass on.
Salads with mayo may seem counterintuitive - after all, a salad is supposed to be the healthiest food you could ever eat. But I think the confusion comes from what Russians consider a "salad". Ours usually include cooked vegetables, eggs, and also sausage, beef or even fish.
The festive-looking dish on the picture is a famous salad called pad shooboy which literally translates as “under the fur coat”. The essential ingredient here is salted herring that’s hiding under a thick fur coat of fresh onions, boiled eggs and cooked veggies – potatoes, carrots and beets. Beets are what give the salad its bright purple color.
It has neutral taste and serves as a great side dish for meat balls, stew or just fried mushrooms - if you are going for a vegetarian dish. Also, despite it's name, buckwheat is not a wheat so it's gluten-free.
Red caviar is the most popular these days. Sturgeon or black caviar is rare and much more expensive because the fish is on the brink of extinction.
"The Russian way" to serve caviar is on white bread with a thin layer of soft butter to neutralize the saltiness.