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[VIDEO] Mixing a Crunchy Sousma Salad

By Kendall Levison, Features Editor

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Learn how to make sousma salad in our WSN original video. Sousma is like a thick, drinkable yogurt, but you could always substitute kefir instead. Look for kefir in the dairy section of Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. In countries like Uzbekistan or Azerbajan, sousma is often mixed with vegetables like cucumbers or radishes to make a salad. Serve the salad with rice pilaf for a traditional Central Asian meal.



  • 3 cups sousma or plain kefir
  • 5-7 radishes
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • Salt


  1. Peel the radishes. Start by taking a long strip of peel off one side, then take another strip off about a half-inch away from your first one. Repeat until you’ve removed about half the peel. The radish should have “stripes” of peel still attached. Repeat with the remaining radishes, saving the peels.
  2. Slice the radishes in half lengthwise, then cut the halves into quarter-inch slices.
  3. Roughly chop the dill.
  4. Combine kefir, sliced radishes and dill in a large bowl. Mix to combine, then add salt to taste. Garnish with the radish peels.

Recipe courtesy of Sevara Akhmadalieva.

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Kendall Levison, Dining Editor
Kendall Levison is the Dining Editor for the Washington Square News. While she loves living in New York, she does miss the great weather in her native Northern California. While not studying journalism and computer science in CAS or working at WSN, Kendall enjoys trying complicated recipes in her tiny kitchen. Her ambitions include visiting...
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