Practically every country on earth has a version of potato salad, but did you know where “our” 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!
The original “Russian salad” was created by the chef Laurence Olivier who worked at the prestigious Hermitage Restaurant in Moscu 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, it also contained cold cuts and lettuce.
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.
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.
Ensalada Rusa is Dominican's favorite salad. It is usually served on special occasions and is a traditional component of the Christmas dinner.
- 1lb of potatoes
- 2 large carrots
- 1/2 cup of sweet corn
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup of blanched green peas (can be canned)
- 1 apple (any variety)
- 1 medium beet (optional)
- 1 medium red onion, diced into small cubes
- 3 eggs
- Boil the potatoes, carrots and eggs with a teaspoon of salt.
- Boil the beet in a different pot (do not use beet if you are going to use apple).
- Peel potatoes, carrots, eggs, apple (or beet) and dice into small cubes.
- Mix potatoes, carrots, eggs, apple (or beet), onion and mayonnaise.
- Season with salt to taste.
- Serve chilled.