Whether it’s savory with vegetables or sweet with fresh fruits, Russian salad is an absolutely delectable dish that can made be made in a jiffy. Popular in many European countries and even Latin America, the side dish is traditionally made with diced vegetables (such as potatoes, carrots, cabbage, peas, cucumbers, onions, etc.) mixed with mayonnaise. Whether you’re vegetarian, love fruit or prefer the traditional taste, here are some easy tips to make the perfect Russian salad.
- When using vegetables like potatoes and carrots, you should boil them with their skins on so as to retain more vitamins. Check their tenderness frequently in order to prevent them from being overcooked as well.
- If you’re a meat lover, add some evenly cubed ham (or boiled chicken if ham isn’t up your alley).
- If you’re more of a fruit person then substitute the vegetables with flavorful fruits like apple, pineapples and raisins.
- You can also add cabbage to bring a hint to vegetable goodness to the dish.
- In the fruit version remember to not add as much mayonnaise (the ratio will depend on the recipe but the vegetable version will require more mayonnaise).
- For a savory taste, season with salt and pepper and for sweet, sprinkle some sugar!
- The final and most important tip is to refrigerate the salad for at least 3 to 4 hours or until the salad is completely chilled as this dish is designed to be made ahead of time served chilled.
You don’t have to travel to Russia to relish a bowl full of Russian salad. Follow these tips to perfect you Russian salad and enjoy!