Russian salad (Salat Olivye/ Sałatka jarzynowa)

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.

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If you tried that recipe and posted a pic or comment use hashtag #EasternEuropeanRecipes I’d love to see how it turned out!

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Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Boil carrots and potatoes until soft, for about 45 minutes. For the last 10 minutes add eggs and hard boil them.
  2. In the meantime dice finely one apple, pickles and pickled mushrooms.
  3. Cool, peel and dice boiled vegetables. Add them to the salad together with drained peas.
  4.  Add mayo, mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Serve cooled. Enjoy!

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