Russian Salad or Salada Russa(Portuguese) is not a truly Goan recipe. It came into the food scenes in mid 1980 to 2000’s. You would see it at all wedding buffets and Birthday parties. Since I haven’t made this recipe for ages I could not remember it too well. I did remember its subtle sweetness because of apples and pineapples added to the salad. As I was googling the recipes I found recipes with variations. I wanted to share the classic recipe.
A 411 call to my mum did not help either as she too could not remember as this recipe is loosing it’s popularity to newer one’s. I was fortunate to ask my good friend Maya P who took the time to send me whatsapp voice instructions. So I credit this recipe to her…..Thanks Maya!
The dressing for this salad is mayonnaise. Goan mayonnaise is made with vinegar, a tad bit of sugar and raw eggs. My mum always makes her mayo with cooked yolks. I would highly recommend making your own mayo then the store-bought since it is so easy and simple. I make mine in a glass/mason jar with a hand mixer.
Serving Size: 1 Cup approx
1 whole raw egg
1/2 cup oil
1/8 tsp of pepper powder
1 tsp of vinegar
1/4-1/2 tsp of sugar
salt to taste
In a well dried mason jar add the egg, pepper, sugar, salt and vinegar. Gently add the oil while you are using a hand blender. Blend the mixer for a minute or two till thicken.
Store in the refrigerator up to a week.
Goan Mayonnaise is used in a lot of recipes. Fish Mayonnaise that has a similar base of a Russian salad with the addition of steamed fish and cooked eggs.
Forminhas (canapé) are mini deep-fried dough shell stuffed with fish paste or a mixture of boiled potato, peas, carrots and mayo.
Chicken Rolls is a hotdog bun stuffed with shredded poached or boiled chicken, leafy lettuce and mayo.
You can enjoy Russian salad as a nice cooling side dish for your barbeques on hot summer days. This is a rich salad as it is made with oil and raw eggs, so you do not want to over indulge 🙂 .
Serving Size: 4
1 boiled russet potato diced in small pieces
1 green bell pepper
1 apple diced with or without skin
1 cup of cooked peas
1 cup of cooked diced carrots
1/2 cup mayonnaise
salt to taste
1/2 cup diced cooked chicken or shrimps/prawns
1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple
2 chopped boiled eggs
In a clean bowl mix all the ingredients together and let refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Serve chilled as a side, on a toasted crostini, bagel chips, puff pastry cups/shells or crackers.