Finally I can share with you one of the staples of Eastern European cuisine- the vegetable salad. It goes under many names- sałatka jarzynowa or kaczy żer (duck’s food haha) in Poland, bramborový salát in Czech, salat olivye in Russia or simply Russian salad- every Eastern European knows exactly what it is. The dish consists of boiled vegetables like potatoes, carrots as well as eggs, pickles and peas, with a mayo mustard dressing. Also, I found this hilarious meme about the salad. It says; *You don’t have to like it* *But then just don’t call yourself Polish*
The salad comes traditionally from Russia and is popular not only in Eastern Europe but also the Balkans and Asia. I read that in some countries it is served for New Year. I’m not familiar with that tradition, I know however that Polish people serve it for Easter and Christmas and as a Polish person I can tell you that it is delicious and no matter how much we make it disappears from the table every time! I love the combination of sour and mild ingredients in this salad. It is best served cold, preferably after a few hours.
I’m not even sure whose recipe we are using but in my family everyone simply knows how to make this salad. It’s time-consuming to dice all the ingredients but also fairly simple. Me and my husband made this sałatka jarzynowa over Christmas and I took the pictures and remember thinking this is a MUST for my website! And then what happend? I forgot about it for almost 2 months but finally there it is! Enjoy!
I started with boiling unpeeled carrots and potatoes. It took about 45 minutes. For the last 10 minutes, I added eggs and hard-boiled them as well.
In the meantime I diced pretty thinly the rest of the ingredients- apples, pickles and pickled mushrooms. Pickled mushrooms are optional but I really think they add a nice flavor.
I cooled and peeled the vegetables and eggs. I diced them and added to the salad.
Then I added drained canned peas.
Finally, I added mayo and mustard and salt and pepper to taste.
If you tried that recipe and posted a pic or comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!
- 5 eggs
- 5 medium potatoes
- 4-5 small carrots
- 1 apple
- 3 big pickles
- 1 cup pf pickled mushrooms (optional)
- 1 can of green peas
- 7 tablespoons of mayo
- 3 tablespoons of mustard
- salt and pepper
- Boil carrots and potatoes until soft, for about 45 minutes. For the last 10 minutes add eggs and hard boil them.
- In the meantime dice finely one apple, pickles and pickled mushrooms.
- Cool, peel and dice boiled vegetables. Add them to the salad together with drained peas.
- Add mayo, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Serve cooled. Enjoy!