I have a soft corner for Russia – maybe it’s their love for vodka or the comradeship our nations shared during the cold war – no matter the reason, I love everything Russian! And today I will make sure you fall in love with something Russian as well!
Are you throwing a party and don’t want to stick to the same old cucumber, tomato, onion and carrot salad? Do you want to dazzle your guests with a sophisticated continental salad? Look no further, Russian salad is perfect for beginners who want to try out something new. It is very easy to rustle up because it involves absolutely no technique (unless you count mixing everything together a technique!). However, there is more to recipes of Russian salads than the mayo loaded potato and ham goodness. It has quite a few variations. Here are some of the best Russian salad recipe variations that are just as easy to whip up:
3 Yummy Russian Salad Recipes
1. Olivye Salad:
The Russian salad that is usually served when you ask for one at the restaurants is actually the Olivye salad. Thanks to its international popularity, it is now synonymous with Russian salad. It is a variation of the 19th century Salad Olivier created by French Chef Lucien Olivier.
How to Make:
- Cook 750 grams of peeled and sliced waxy potatoes in salted boiling water for 5 minutes.
- Slice 2 carrots and add to the water to cook for 2 minutes.
- Add 200 grams (roughly 1 and 2/3 cups) of frozen peas to the water and cook for 1 minute.
- After everything is tender, drain the water and quickly spread out on paper towels to cool and pat dry.
- Dice finely some ham or salami.
- To make the dressing, mix 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard with ¾ cup of whole egg mayonnaise. Squeeze out the fluid from 6 cornichons or gherkins and 1 tablespoon of capers, chop these finely and mix into the dressing.
- Finally, add some chopped parsley.
- Stir the vegetables, ham and dressing together until well mixed. Taste and season (remember the gherkins are salty, so you may need to add very little salt or none at all).
- Now grate 4 boiled eggs on top of the salad.
- Serve chilled.
2. Russian Vinaigrette:
This is a staple in Russian home cooking, but is not as popular as the Olivye internationally. The Russian Vinaigrette salad recipe is a healthy salad that can be had with any meal and its tangy taste uplifts the taste of the whole meal.
How to Make:
- Boil 3 beets for an hour until almost tender.
- Peel the beets after boiling as you can simply slough off the skin with your fingers or a towel.
- Boil 3 peeled potatoes and 3 carrots for 30 minutes until tender- but do not overcook them or they will turn into a mash while grating.
- Drain the vegetables and add to ice water quickly to stop cooking.
- After the vegetables are cooled, dice them.
- Add a small onion, finely chopped, to the chopped potatoes and carrots.
- Now dice 3 medium pickled cucumbers and add to the chopped vegetables.
- Add half a cup of sauerkraut.
- To the diced beets kept separately, add 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil and mix (this separate mixing prevents leaching of beet’s color to the other veggies).
- Now tip the beet mix into the other vegetables and pickles and mix with another tablespoon of sunflower oil and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
- Serve chilled
3. The Fruit Version:
If the creamy mayonnaise or tangy pickles are not your thing, you can try this sweeter recipe of Russian salad as well. It is a healthy fruit salad with generous helpings of a variety of fruits.
How to Make:
- Mix half an apple (peeled and chopped), 1/3 cup pineapple slices (chopped) and half a cucumber (grated) together.
- Add 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, 2 tablespoons green or red grapes and mix well with 2 teaspoons of sugar.
- Mix in 1 cup of yogurt and serve chilled
Making these salads is as easy as it gets. If your love for cooking is new and you still flounder around the kitchen, then these are few of the easiest dishes you can prepare to wow your guests…and thank Russia for it!
Have you ever tried any of these recipes of Russian Salad? Do you have a special Russian salad recipe? Do share with us in the comments section below.