Russian salad varies in ingredients not just in different countries but even within Russia itself, but I think we can agree that the main key ingredients in all Russian salad is, potatoes, carrots, peas, boiled eggs and mayonnaise.
I always thought is was a French salad to be honest lol, because we saw this all over the Moroccan restaurants, cafes and take away joints, and knowing that Morocco had a lot of French and Spanish influence, I just assumed that! It wasn't until a few years back that I learned the true facts behind the famous origins of this mouth watering salad ;)
I learned that it is also well known as the “Olivier Salad” or “Moscovian Salad” because apparently it was first invented in the 1860s by a Belgian Chef called Lucien Oliver, who was working for the very popular Hermitage restaurant situated in Moscow at the time.
Regardless of the history, this salad is tasty, nutritious and easy to make, and although the one you find in Morocco is slightly different from the original, (we don't add meat or dill), here are some benefits to the key ingredients all Russian salads have to include or it can't really be called a Russian Salad :
Potatoes, unlike processed potato products like french fries and potato chips, whole, unprocessed potatoes have very little sodium. The potato's fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B-6 content, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health. Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in potatoes that helps with sleep. Potatoes contain folate, which plays a role in DNA synthesis and repair, thus preventing the formation of cancer cells.
Peas are a full on high level of protein, vitamins, fiber and minerals, and contain a small amount of natural sugar.
Carrots as we all know are rich of vitamins E and D that is very important for the eyes and skin.
Eggs are a good source of protein that is essential for the human body, it's also good for the skin and hair. Eggs provide vitamins A, E, D and B+.
- 3 Whole Potatoes - Boiled, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 2 large carrots - Boiled, peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1/2 cup of boiled or tinned peas -
- 4 Boiled eggs - peeled and chopped into cubes (leave 1 for garnish)
- 6 medium sized cornichons or gherkins - sliced or chopped small
- 2 rounded tbsp light mayonnaise -
- some chopped parsley - for garnish
- Salt to taste -
- 1 tbsp Moroccan, white vinegar or 1/2 lemon juice -
- Pinch of pepper -
- I wash the potatoes and boil them whole with the skin together with the carrots but I peel the carrots before hand and remove the ends. keeping them whole also. (be careful not to over boil, make sure its just over half boiled) Remove the potatoe skin after its cooled down and then dice small along with the carrots.
- Boil the peas and eggs separately because they don't take as much time ;)
- chop all the ingredients into similar sized cubes and add to a suitable size mixing bowl before adding the seasoning & mayonnaise. Give it a thorough mix.
- Garnish the serving plate with some washed lettuce leaves before dishing out the mixture, and then top the mix with some grated boiled egg & chopped parsley