Easy Russian salad

Easy Russian salad

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 8 mins

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With cold meats

This easy Russian salad is the perfect accompaniment to leftover meat, or great on its own also

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  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 3 waxy potatoes, cut into small chunks
  • mugful frozen peas
  • 6 small cornichons or gherkins, sliced
  • 2 rounded tbsp light mayonnaise
  • a little chopped parsley

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Cook the carrots and potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water for 4 mins, then throw in the peas and cook for 4 mins more until all the vegetables are tender. Drain, cool for a few mins, then tip into a bowl with the cornichons, mayonnaise and parsley, if using. Mix well and season to taste. Delicious with leftover roast beef or lamb, wedges of pork pie or cold sliced ham or chicken.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2008

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alieshort's picture

This is a very lovely salad. When I was young I loved Heinz vegetable salad in the tin. This is the nearest thing to it - I love it!

archimagir's picture

It is really too Easy Russian salad.

rosyrous's picture

this salad is very popular in Spain, i always add green beans, boiled eggs and tuna, yum!

mandy58's picture

helen i do remember the canned salads and they were made by heinz. funnily enough my sister was looking for them the other day as they are ideal to have in store when you live on your own.Unfortunatly couldn,t find it.

helenmurphy's picture

Does anyone remember the canned variety of this you could get in the 60s / 70s ? Was it by Heinz? Can you still get it anywhere?

helenmurphy's picture

Masha: I believe Russian Salad was invented by Marguerite Patten just after the end of World War II. Maybe its called Russian in honour of Britain's Soviet allies. I dont know!

juliafrancis's picture
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Rick Stein recommends the veg are cut up small after cooking and then cooled - for better flavour... this way the flavours are not lost in cooking.

nadiapupkina's picture
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Very tasty salad!!! I also added a few diced eggs and some chive in the salad...

masha86's picture

Please tell me why is it Russian salad?? It's absolut wrong of what we do!!!!

karina_ams's picture
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Very fresh summer salad! Easy to prepare and filling.
We ate it together with a nice grilled hamburger. A good summer alternative for the simple 'potato, vegetables and meat with gravy'



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