Russian salad

Russian salad

Insalata russa

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Vegetables
Serves
6
Photographer
Laura Edwards

This salad, consisting of cooked vegetables served in a coating of mayonnaise, is a salad enjoyed by almost every Piedmontese, as it is always included in antipasto. It gained its name because the recipe, or something very like it, became famous in Moscow in the nineteenth century. Three influential French chefs opened a noted restaurant, and one of them, M. Olivier, is said to have invented this. Indeed, in many countries, the salad is known as Olivier salad. How it reached Piedmont, I do not know…

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
250g small new potatoes, scrubbed and finely diced
250g carrots, peeled and finely diced
200g celeriac, peeled and finely diced
150g small turnips, peeled and finely diced
100g small cauliflower and calabrese broccoli florets
200g broad beans
150g good tinned tuna in oil, drained and finely flaked
1 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Mayonnaise

Quantity Ingredient
3 medium egg yolks
1 teaspoon english or dijon mustard, to taste
salt
freshly ground black pepper
250ml light olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced

Method

  1. Make the mayonnaise first. Preferably using a hand-held whisk, in a bowl, beat the yolks with the mustard and a pinch each of salt and pepper until the mixture becomes creamy. Stirring continuously, add a little stream of the olive oil. Beat again until this has amalgamated. Continue adding a little oil at a time, beating all the while, until the mixture has become fluffy and has increased in volume, and all the oil has been beaten in. Now add the lemon juice and mix well. Cover the bowl with clingfilm (plastic wrap) until needed.
  2. Cook all the vegetables for the salad in slightly salted water until al dente. You don’t want them too soft. Drain well, and leave to cool down.
  3. When cold, mix the vegetables carefully with the tuna, vinegar and some salt and pepper to taste. Fold them gently into the mayonnaise until the mixture binds together. Store in the refrigerator.
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