This is a traditional recipe for the parties and holidays in Slavic countries. No one knows where it came to former Soviet countries from, (we were a huge country with closed borders for decades), but this was the main salad of every celebration in almost every family for decades.
I cook this salad very rarely and mainly in autumn and winter, as I consider this salad too conservative and even boring to cook it very often. I always experiment with the ingredients as it’s always good to have a different taste of the same well known dish.
Special Instructions: Serves 4
For the salad you will need:2-3 medium potatoes boiled
1-2 eggs hard boiled
1 medium carrot boiled
2-3 tablespoons of pickled peppers (optional)
3-4 sausages or a cup of chopped ham or chicken breast
1/4 white onion
1 pinch of salt
1 pinch of black pepper
2-3 tablespoons of canned peas
3 tablespoons of mayo (light)
Step 1: wash and boil the potato and carrot. Boil for 20 minutes of until cooked i.e. soft. Boil an egg until cooked.
Step 2: Peel a potato and a carrot. Shell an egg(s)
Step 3 : Chop in small chunks potato, carrot, sausage (or any meat you plan to incorporate in a dish), egg. Finely chop the onion (1/4 of it)
Chop cornichons and pickled pepper, mix everything.
Step 4: Add salt,pepper and canned peas. Dress with mayo , you can add some dill you you like.
***Tip from Helen*** The meat may also be substituted with mushrooms. canned in water or fried mushrooms, the taste will be different. Pickled peppers aren’t a must.For dressing you may combine mayo and sour cream or mayo and ranch dressing. Don’t make the dressing too sour though.***
Helen @Helen’s Cooking