January 6, 2011
If you have ever had Waldorf Salad it is similar to Russian Salad because it has a similar mayo based dressing and combination of different fruits and vegetables. I can’t tell you where Russian Salad originates or anything like that because it’s hard to find online.
But I can tell you that the first place I had Russian Salad was in India and that’s the only place I ever had it. Usually at potlucks and family dinners. So, my sister in law Hafsa and I decided to make it for everyone here and it turned out amazing! The combination of vegetables and fruits seems weird at first but they actually go really well together. And like Waldorf salad that has a mayo based dressing, this one includes sour cream which brings a really great creamy texture to the dressing.
Please use the following recipe as a guideline, as the measurements for the fruits and vegetables will be better to understand after the first time you make it. Plus you will get a better idea of what ingredients you like and what you don’t.
Russian Salad Recipe:
- 2 medium potatoes
- 1 cup of green beans
- 1 cup of carrots
- 1 16 oz can of pineapple tidbits
- 2 cups of grapes
- 1 green apple and 1 red apple
- 1 cup of sour cream
- 1 cup of mayonnaise
- a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- a few teaspoons of sugar
Cut the carrots and green beans into half inch strips and set aside. Peel and dice the potatoes into bite size pieces as well and set aside. Boil all three of these vegetables (separately since they have different cooking times) until they are cooked but still have a bite to them. You shouldn’t overcook them because they will become too mushy in the salad and that won’t be good!
Next cut the grapes in half, dice the apples into small pieces, and drain the pineapple tidbits and set aside.
Place all the vegetables and fruits into a large bowl. Whisk together the sour cream, mayo, vinegar, salt, pepper, and sugar until smooth. Then pour over the salad mixture and combine. Refrigerate overnight, it tastes best when it’s very very cold.
[the picture above is garnished on the part of my sister in law :-) with a tomato peel rose and mint leaves]