I consider this recipe as a Mediterranean Russian fusion, because even if this salad finds its origin in Russia, this dish is very typical in Spain where it is known as: “Ensaladilla Rusa”, or Russian Salad. It makes a great tapa that you can find at any tapas bar in my country. Obviously, in Spain we give it the Mediterranean touch by adding extra virgin olive oil mayonnaise.
This recipe is vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free.
For 8 tapas
– 5 large potatoes, peeled and diced
– 4 carrots, peeled and diced
– 300g (1 ½ cup) shelled peas
– 1 red bell pepper, cored and diced
– 100g (1/2 cup) stoneless Manzanilla green olives, sliced
– 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil mayonnaise (or more to taste)
– 2 piquillo peppers, cut into thin strips
– 4 free range eggs
– 1 tbsp salt
1. Have all the vegetables well washed and prepared as indicated in the ingredients description.
2. To boil the potatoes and the carrots, place them in a saucepan with cold water and a tablespoon salt and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until tender, but not overcooked. Only 3 minutes before removing from the heat add the shelled peas too and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and drain the excess of water.
3. While the potatoes and carrots are cooking, place the eggs in a saucepan with cold water and simmer for about 7 minutes. Once they are boiled peel them and slice them.
4. In a large bowl add the boiled potatoes, carrots and shelled peas together with the diced peppers, the green olives and the 3 tablespoons of homemade olive oil mayonnaise. Mix it all well, and serve warm or cold. Decorate with the boiled egg slices and some piquillo pepper stripes.
I am Margarita Ribot, the cook, photographer and blogger behind Tasty Mediterraneo, a vegetarian food blog where I share healthy, simple and affordable recipes from the Mediterranean cuisine. I grew up in Spain enjoying the healthy Mediterranean diet and lifestyle and I am passionate about healthy eating and cooking Mediterranean recipes.
With the hectic lives that we lead in today’s society, many people are far from having healthy eating and lifestyle habits. I believe that a balanced diet such as the Mediterranean diet is key to live healthy longer and to put you at a lower risk for chronic diseases.
With the hope of encouraging many of you to preparing healthy recipes at home I leave you with one of my favourite quotes:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates.