MADRID – As they awaited the arrival of US President Joe Biden and other global high security leaders NATO At the summit venue on the outskirts of Madrid on Tuesday, international officials and journalists were stunned to find the “Russian salad” topping the menu at the hotel restaurant.
The mix of peas, potatoes, carrots and mayonnaise is a staple of Spanish restaurant menus, but ahead of a summit at which Russia is expected to be branded a security threat in the alliance’s new strategic concept regarding his invasion of Ukraine, his presence on the menu caused consternation.
“Russian salad at a NATO Mountain peak? I am a bit surprised by this choice of dish,” journalist Iñaki López told Spanish media La Sexta.
However, the dish’s high carb content seemed to outweigh its dubious name, and it reportedly sold out within hours.
More diplomatic thinking was applied to the menu served to visiting defense and foreign ministers at a banquet at the Baroque Santa Cruz Palace in central Madrid on Tuesday evening.
Jose Andres, the Spanish chef featured in the Netflix series Chef’s Table who coordinated the meal, served the classic tapa but added “tomato balls” and renamed it “Ukrainian salad” as he did in his restaurants across Spain.