Ensalada Rusa (“Russian” Potato Salad)

Ensalada Rusa Recipe (“Russian” Potato Salad): a Dominican's favorite. It is usually served on special occasions and at Christmas dinner.

A Russian salad in a Dominican blog?

Why yes! Practically every country on earth has a version of potato salad, and many call also call theirs “Russian salad”, but did you know where Russian salad originated? I bet you won’t guess in a million years.

Well, what do you know, it did come from Russia after all!

Ensalada Rusa Recipe (“Russian” Potato Salad): a Dominican's favorite. It is usually served on special occasions and at Christmas dinner.

The original “Russian salad” was created by the chef Laurence Olivier who worked at the prestigious Hermitage Restaurant in Moscow at the turn of the 19th Century. The original Olivier salad (as it is known in many countries) did not contain mayo, but a signature dressing that is now lost in time, but almost certainly contained mustard and oil from Provence.

It also contained beef tongue, cold cuts and lettuce, although it probably changed with the seasons, or availability of ingredients.

Ensalada Rusa Recipe (“Russian” Potato Salad): a Dominican's favorite. It is usually served on special occasions and at Christmas dinner.

In our country it has become what is probably the most popular salad and is always present at all types of occasions.

From the informal family reunions to the elaborate  Christmas dinner table. From lunch to dinner.

Ensalada Rusa Recipe (“Russian” Potato Salad): a Dominican's favorite. It is usually served on special occasions and at Christmas dinner.

Depending on the family’s taste, and on the occasion, different versions of this salad may be served. Two common versions are the one that includes beets and another with apples. This last one is the one usually served for Christmas.

From Russia with love!

Aunt Clara

Ensalada Rusa Recipe (“Russian” Potato Salad)
 
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Ensalada Rusa Recipe (“Russian” Potato Salad): a Dominican's favorite. It is usually served on special occasions and at Christmas dinner.
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb [0.45 kg] of potatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 medium beetroot (optional)
  • 1 apple (any variety)
  • 1 medium red onion, diced into small cubes
  • ½ cup of sweet corn (optional)
  • ½ cup of blanched or canned green peas (optional)
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
Instructions
  1. Boil together the potatoes, carrots and eggs with a teaspoon of salt.
  2. Boil the beetroot in a different pot (do not use beetroot if you are going to use apple).
  3. Peel potatoes, carrots, eggs, apple (or beetroot) and dice into small cubes.
  4. Mix potatoes, carrots, eggs, apple (or beetroot), onion. corn and peas. Add mayonnaise and mix.
  5. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Serve chilled.
Notes
Keep salad chilled at all times until it's time to consume.

There are as many varieties of this salad as there are home in the DR. Optional ingredients are added (or not) in some homes. Other options include adding a dash of vinegar, or a pinch of sugar to the salad. Experiment until you find the version you like most.

Comments

  1. Carlos

    One of the tricks that my mom taught me for those whop may not like one is to great the onion on a box grater. You get the onion flavor through out the salad, without the chunks of raw onion that some find offensive. Another person added that they add apple cider vinegar to their salad and I would agree it is a must. Deliciosa!

  2. Kara

    Thank you for this website I am a white women trying to cook for my husband who is Dominican and this is a big help i must say i have always hated American style potato salad it wasn’t until my husband took me to meet his parents that i fell in love with potato salad it was the first thing i learned to cook but I have never had it with peas corn or apples I have had it with either carrots or beets and i love it

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