Food Wars: Russian Cuisine vs the USA

Connecting with people around the world is fun and exciting. We get to learn new things about their cultures, their day-to-day lives, and more fun- we learn about what they eat.

Highlighting Russian cuisine, many women in Russia are homemakers. This means that they spend time taking care of their family and home. With this duty comes ensuring the house is fed. Russian cuisine is very different from that of the United States. The most classic Russian recipes are made of veggies and wheat, such as soups, porridges, and stuffed dough.

Popular Plates of the Russian Cuisine



Borscht is a beet soup that originated in the Ukraine and was adopted as a Russian specialty. While beets aren’t a traditional vegetable in the American cuisine, there are plenty of reasons that this hearty soup is one of Russia’s most famous dishes. It is full of meat and sautéed vegetables, including cabbage, carrots, onions, and potatoes. It can be served hot or cold, and is best served with a dollop of fresh sour cream on top.


Salad Olivier

Salad Olivier is usually known as Russian salad in the West. It is popular in winter season. Among its ingredients are boiled potato, pees, meat, pickled cucumbers, onions, eggs and carrots




Sirniki are small blinis made of cottage cheese. This is a typical food for breakfast. They are super soft and just slightly sweet on the inside.



Russian Honey Cake

Honey cake is made up of crispy and thin cake layers that are separated by a thick cream cheese frosting. The end result is an eye-catching dessert that is sure to impress. Honey cake comes straight from Russia. Medovik, which translates to “honey” in Russian, is a popular dessert that is reserved for only the most special of occasions.


Shuba Salad

Shuba Salad, also known as Herring under the fur coat – is a traditional Russian salad. It’s loved in Russia but might appear as a weird dish to a foreigners. The salad has several layers: salted herring (fish) is covered with chopped onions, potatoes, carrots, beet roots and dressed with mayonnaise.


American Cuisine

The United States is largely a melting pot. People from all walks of life reside here and bring their cultural cuisines with them! The US is known for its hearty dishes to enjoy with family. Some of these include meatloaf, traditional BBQ plates, apple pie, and hamburgers with fries. A lot of American food is derived from other countries with a modern twist on them. Many restaurants today aim to create a fusion of flavors. With a new emphasis on health, dishes are now being geared towards balance in the plate between vegetable, carb, and meat protein.

Because America takes a blend of foods around the world, how will you adapt Russian cuisine into your next meal?


Written by Anastasia