Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Russian potato salad

When I first made this salad, my husband was a bit cautious as he tasted it; however, in the upcoming weeks he requested it again and again. It's a vegetarian version and wonderfully easy to make. You will need:

3 large potatoes, boiled, peeled and chopped;
2 carrots, boiled, peeled and chopped;
2 eggs (you guessed it - boiled, peeled and chopped ;-))
approx. 1\3 can of peas - or as much peas as you like;
3-4 pickled cucumbers, chopped;
2-3 leaves of green onion, chopped;
mayonnaise, salt and pepper to taste.

Mix all ingredients and let the salad sit overnight. If you like, you can add a few bits of sharp cheese. I normally love this salad but recently I realized I can't stand eggs and/or mayonnaise (ah, pregnancy quirks!). More left for my husband. :-)
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And for a bit of great news: Michelle delivered a precious, healthy baby boy. Welcome, little one! Praise the Lord for His goodness.

17 comments:

Diana said...

Yum! We make this all the time but we also add a tart apple. My husband is from Russia and I have learned to cook many Russian dishes since then. His mother says I have become a good Russian girl.:) We are a vegetarian family but I know some people do add chicken to this salad. It is also good with diced beets(leave out the eggs) but then it becomes vinegret instead of Olivye.
It's funny,you are just a few days farther along in your pregnancy than I am but we are having many of the same cravings. I haven't eaten meat in over 11 years but with this pregnancy I've been craving salmon too. Like you I listened to my body and ate it and I have been making this salad weekly as well and eating it with bliny and sour cream.
I hope your nausea is fading and your energy returning. I have noticed a slight improvement in the past week. I have felt so guilty about not being a very good wife and mother but my husband has been just great. I am so lucky to be married to such a wonderful understanding man. Plus I noticed that I am getting more done during the day and feel more joy than before.
Bless you Anna!

Anonymous said...

Very creamy-looking. And I love how colorful it is....I'll have to give it a try. :o)

Brenda

lady jane said...

Beautiful potato salad, AnnaT!

ChelB said...

Wow! I thought I was the only one who put green peas in potato salad. I like to include the additional vegetables especially carrots to ensure that he gets his daily servings. Who knew! ;) I make this same exact recipe for my husband. I say this because my husband happens to be 1/2 Russian-Jewish. It's interesting that it's called Russian potato salad though. Thanks for this great recipe Mrs. Anna T! :)

Svetlana said...

Most people in Russia call it "Salat Olivye." I am from Russia and my mom and most people we knew made this salad, some with carrots, others with apples. My mom made it without carrots or apples, but with "Doktorskaya Kolbasa." Now that we've immigrated to the USA, my mom still makes this salad for special occasions or just because. She also makes "Vinegret," the salad with beets one of your readers mentioned. Growing up, I've learned to make these dishes, but my husband's favorite salad is the radish salad (radishes, green onions, eggs, and mayo; though I've also added cucumber to it once following the example of my friend's mom--both Russian)

Svetlana said...

Most people in Russia call it "Salat Olivye." I am from Russia and my mom and most people we knew made this salad, some with carrots, others with apples. My mom made it without carrots or apples, but with "Doktorskaya Kolbasa." Now that we've immigrated to the USA, my mom still makes this salad for special occasions or just because. She also makes "Vinegret," the salad with beets one of your readers mentioned. Growing up, I've learned to make these dishes, but my husband's favorite salad is the radish salad (radishes, green onions, eggs, and mayo; though I've also added cucumber to it once following the example of my friend's mom--both Russian)

Anonymous said...

Looks Good!!

S. Belle said...

The salad looks really tasty. I haven't visited your blog since two weekends ago, and I just read about your baby news. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

I'm so excited for you. Really, really, excited. I've read your blog for so long it seems, and I feel like I know you. I'm so excited about this new chapter of your life. Enjoy your pregnancy. It's so much fun. I have a 10 month old son and I'm expecting a daughter in September. It's been exhausting being pregnant while managing a 10 month old, but I'm still happy about my little growing family.

Again, congrats and many blessings to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Question for you---Are the pickled cucumbers the sweet kind or the dill kind? Thanks for sharing this recipe--looks yummy and I think I'll try it!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Svetlana - we also call it "Olivye", I just figured most of my readers wouldn't be familiar with this name.

Anon - what are *sweet* pickled cucumbers? ;-) I'm not sure really... I used cucumbers in brine.

Svetlana said...

I guess it't just when I think of potato salad, this one does not come to my mind. In USA, potato salad is a popular side dish, and that's the one that comes to mind. It's made I believe with potatoes and some sort of mayo-like dressing. Sometimes, with spices added, but all in all, it's kind of plain and I don't like it very much. On the other hand, the Russian potato salad (aka "Olivye") I love. I guess I was a little startled when you called potato salad.
To answer one of your reader's questions about cucumbers, my mom uses dill pickled cucumbers for this salad.

Sammy said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made it last night and will try it today.

I am also pregnant (22 weeks) and if there is one thing I have been craving this whole time, it is potato salad. I eat it all the time. I live in Manhattan and I have been known to run out to the deli late at night because the craving for potato salad is so intense. I've recently started making my own, but have not tried Russian potato salad yet. I look forward to it for my lunch today. So thank you!

Fruitful Vine said...

This salad looks delicious! I think I'm going to try it. Thanks for sharing.
Jenn

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing you are talking about pickles? I meant that we can buy either sweet pickles or dill pickles. Does that make more sense? Hope so---thanks for any info on which kind you used!

Anja said...

Hey Anna, I tried this last night. It tasted good! And it looked nice with the chopped onion, too!

Heather said...

My mom makes this recipe, only she uses cooked macaroni noodles in place of potatoes. The salad is refrigerated overnight and served cold.

Anonymous said...

The Lord is good! I was looking for a salad to make for a picnic I'm having with a teenage girl tomorrow. I googled "olivye" and found your blog. Interestingly, I also saw your link to "Why is modesty so important?" This article is an answer to prayer, and I'm going to print it out to give to the girl tomorrow. She may not understand it yet, but someday it may strike a chord.