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Russian Salad/Olivier Salad/Salade a la Russe

Light mayonnaise dressing

Light mayonnaise dressing

Potates and other vegetables

Potates and other vegetables

This is the most popular salad in the world! It is made throughout Europe and the Middle East and has a long history, originating in Moscow at the Hermitage Restaurant in 1864. My family in Minsk, Byelorussia served this to us in 1970 for lunch and dinner, 2 days in a row. It is a salad made for special occassions and for celebrations and picnics. You may also add tuna, bologna, calamari, shrimp, anchovies, or ham. My dressing is a lighter version of the original French mayonnaise.

2 pounds white potatoes, unpeeled and washed

½ pound carrots, peeled, cooked firm, diced

1 cup frozen peas

5 scallions, sliced thin

4 hard boiled eggs, diced

1 cup diced kosher dill pickles (Bubbies brand if possible)

1 cup diced roasted red pepper

1/2 – 1 cup chopped green Spanish olives stuffed with pimento, drained

½ cup Hellmann’s light mayonnaise

½ cup Greek plain yogurt

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer until they slightly give to a fork prick.
  • Drain and cool potatoes. Peel and then chop into tiny pieces, about ¼ inch
  • In a very large bowl combine potatoes, carrots, eggs, pickles and red pepper. All should be chopped to about the same ¼ inch size.
  • Add the green onion and peas.
  • In a small bowl combine the remaining ingredients.
  • Add this dressing to the vegetables and mix with a big spoon.
  • You may also add cooked shrimp, marinated calamari or bologna!
  • Makes 24-1/3 cup servings.

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