Russian salad also known as Olivier salad was invented in 18th century by Lucien Olivier.Over the course of centuries it was widely recreated throughout Europe and different regions of Eastern Europe have developed their own variations of this salad.Only some core ingredients are now common in all kinds of Russian salads.These ingredients are carrots, potatoes, eggs, pickles, onions , peas and mayonnaise.
Ingredients And Their Quantities
Boil 3 medium size yellow potatoes and chop them.
Boil 3 medium sized carrots and chop them.
Boil and chop 6 eggs.
3 medium size pickles in brine, peeled and chopped.
1/2 sweet onion large or 1 if small chopped
15 oz can peas,rinsed
1 cup of mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon mustard or any other mustard you preferred.
Salt and pepper to taste
The Preparation of Russian salad needs some time and there are some cooking steps involved in the preparation of this salad because the eggs and vegetables should be cooked and cooled off before they are chopped.
The steps involved in the preparation of this salad are as under.
Place the eggs in a pot containing cold water.Boil the eggs for 10 minutes and let them cool before peeling.
Place the unpeeled potatoes and carrots in a pot of water and add a tablespoon of slat in the pot and boil the vegetables..Cook until the vegetables are fork tender for about 20-25 minutes.Remove from water and let it cool off fully before peeling.
Chop and peel the pickles.Peeling is optional and my suggestion is peeling is better because they taste better in the salad without tough skin.
Chop the onions.
Rinse and strain canned peas.
Peel and chop carrots, potatoes and eggs in cubes
Place the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together.
Combine mustard , mayonnaise and pepper in a small bowl.Add it into the salad ingredients and mix all together.
Important Tips For Making Russian Salad
Do not add salt to your mayonnaise mixture because mayonnaise and Dijon mustard have a lots of salt in them.Dress your salad first then taste it and then add the salt if needed.Always remember that salt can be added at anytime but you cannot take it away.
Equipment Needed For The Preparation of Russian Salad
Large mixing spoon
Large and small bowl.
Nutrition Per serving is carbohydrates 20 g, calories 335 kcal, protein 9 g, fat 24 g, saturated fat 4g, cholesterol 134 mg, sodium: 486 mg, potassium: 596 mg, fiber: 5g, sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 4360IU, Vitamin C: 27.3 mg, Calcium: 76 mg, Iron: 4 mg