Salada Russa – Russian Salad Recipe

12 Jun

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.

russian-salad-recipe-indian-goan-creamy-mayonnaise-vegetarianA 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


Β  Directions:

In a well dried mason jar add the egg, pepper, sugar, saltΒ  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 (canapΓ©) 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 πŸ™‚ .

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.


80 Responses to “Salada Russa – Russian Salad Recipe”

  1. Jim June 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

    that looks interesting. I’d try it.

    • Nandini June 12, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

      Thanks Much Jim! Let me know when you do.

  2. youthfoodblog June 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Very informative!

    • Nandini June 12, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  3. Mr. Militant Negro June 12, 2015 at 5:49 pm #

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negroβ„’.

    • Nandini June 12, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

      Thank You so much Juessepi. You are always so kind. Have a great weekend!

  4. Freda @ Aromatic essence June 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    This looks just as I remember it Nandini, I loved having this at weddings and parties as you’ve mentioned ! Will be trying this , bookmarking it 😊

    • Nandini June 12, 2015 at 7:13 pm #

      Thanks much Freda. Good old memories πŸ™‚

  5. Miss Blaze June 12, 2015 at 6:43 pm #

    This looks delicious! Sounds very similar to American cole slaw. I have all the ingredients this week, I’ll definitely need to try this πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm #

      Thank You so much. Yes, you are right the same subtle sweet flavors. Would love to hear your feedback πŸ™‚

  6. Miss Blaze June 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm #

    Reblogged this on Cooking for the lazy and broke and commented:
    Mmmm this one sounds amazing! A great use for leftover summer veggies. One I’ll certainly be trying this week.

    • Nandini June 12, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

      Thank You so much for the re-blog. That is very kind of you πŸ™‚

  7. andy1076 June 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm #

    So cute and creamy πŸ™‚

  8. chathginige June 12, 2015 at 8:03 pm #

    My dad went to uni in Russia and I grew up with this salad at dinners and Bday parties! Brings back some fond memories!

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      That is so awesome to know. It does bring back fond memories πŸ™‚

  9. My lion in the den June 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    Looks yummy

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 8:34 am #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  10. pernillabredolt June 12, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    Looks interesting. Pure summerfeeling!

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 8:37 am #

      Thank You much! Yeah, summer is here πŸ™‚

  11. ledrakenoir June 12, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

    Looks very delicious… πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 8:39 am #

      Thank you much πŸ™‚

  12. STANLEY RODRIGEEZER June 13, 2015 at 5:03 am #

    Hi Nandini!

    The SALADA RUSSO looks remarkable. That reminds Me of, My friend Carlos Fernandes,Who used to talk about Russian Salad all the time. Carlos used to go to HOTEL MANDOVI in Panjim, to have Russian salad.Probably,the Russian Salad they served there was SUPERB. If anybody knew,it would be carlos.He used to ask Me to accompany Him on one of His visits to Hotel Mandovi. But I never made it, time being the culprit. Nonetheless Your recipe looks fascinating. We will have to give it a try ASAP. I think RUSSIAN SALAD could be a meal on its own. As it is very rich and heavy. You are quite right RUSSIAN SALAD used to be served at GOAN WEDDINGS and birthdays. Nandini another of Your GOODIES. You are SPOILING US. Have a PLEASANT WEEKEND.

    With Our kindest best wishes and GOOK LUCK

    Stan & Linda

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 8:55 am #

      Thank You so much Mr Stan for your kind and encouraging words as always. I think this recipe did make us all nostalgic πŸ™‚ . Carlos could be right as Hotel Mandovi used to be the “IT” hotel those days in Panjim. I hope you and Mrs Stan enjoy it. Please let me know how it goes. You both have a great weekend as well πŸ™‚

  13. Red Elvis Cafe June 13, 2015 at 6:41 am #

    Love the Forminhas, they look awesome!

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 8:56 am #

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  14. Experience Food Intl. June 13, 2015 at 6:48 am #

    Hi ! I really love this Russian salad you made there and the presentation of it, including the great picture !
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 8:57 am #

      Thank you so much Oli for your kind words πŸ™‚

  15. Loretta June 13, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    Ahh yes, I remember this too well, grew up eating this in Kenya when we had guests over. Love those forminhas too, where can you get those? I know Pepperidge Farm do little cases with puff pastry that you can use for fillings too. Have a great weekend Nandini πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 9:07 am #

      I bought mine from walmart they are mini phillo shells you will find them next to the puff pastry. Too much work to make them from scratch πŸ™‚ . You too Loretta have a great weekend and Thanks!

  16. fromthefamilytable June 13, 2015 at 8:52 am #

    Lovely images. Great lighting.

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 9:08 am #

      Thank You Much Darryl. You have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  17. JoAnn Chateau June 13, 2015 at 10:19 am #

    Reblogged this on Save That Recipe.

    • Nandini June 13, 2015 at 11:06 am #

      Thank you so much JoAnn. That was very sweet and kind of you. Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  18. jmsabbagh June 13, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    Superb recipe .Wonderful addition to a meal.Best regards.

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

      Thank you so much Jalal. You have a great week.

      • jmsabbagh June 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

        You have a wonderful week too Nandini.

  19. Antusa Rodrigues Dasgupta June 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    Thank you Nandini for wonderful recipes. Your last recipe Salada Russo should be titled Salada Russa because Salada is feminine gender in Portuguese.

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

      Oophs!!!…my bad Antusa. Thank you for the corrections πŸ™‚ . I am not very good in grammatical Portuguese and my dad would always be reminding and correcting me πŸ™‚

  20. urbanmonique June 13, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    Ahh! Reminded me of Mikoyan’s iconic Book of Tasty and Healthy Food!

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

      Thank You so much Monique. I am flattered πŸ™‚

  21. ssuratkar June 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    totally awesome~ πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

      Thank You so much πŸ™‚

  22. Tanveer Rauf June 14, 2015 at 1:03 am #

    your recipes look so colorful yummy and delicious and beautiful like yourself πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:41 pm #

      Thank You so much Tanveer. That is very kind and sweet of you to say πŸ™‚

  23. deutschtrailer June 14, 2015 at 2:23 am #

    Mmmhhhh delicious, thank you very much Nandini….πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks to you :-). Have a great week!

      • deutschtrailer June 16, 2015 at 4:26 am #

        πŸ™‚ πŸ’— πŸ™‚ πŸ’— πŸ™‚

  24. Dana June 14, 2015 at 10:51 pm #

    delissssssssh looking and loving the colours! Would love to attempt making these one day!
    wishing you an awesome day, xx
    Dana |

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm #

      Thank You much Dana. Wishing you too a great week πŸ™‚

  25. bnanno June 15, 2015 at 3:09 am #

    A classic recipe in Spain, one of the only 2 salads grandmothers & their mothers etc would know how to make (the other being the lettuce, tomato, onion with oil & vinegar dressing).
    In Spain, it always has tuna in it, and the decoration is done with strips of roast red peppers & olives and the name is Ensaladilla Rusa. In frozen food sections you can find the vegetable pre-mix to cook to make this.

    The joke is always whether a Russian would recognise the salad! My son was on a trip with people from Latvia & Lithuania, and they said the recipe originated there. It is true that people in Sweden eat large quantities of potato & other salads with a mayonnaise dressing.

    Home-made mayonnaise is so superior to shop bought one, it’s worth the trouble. My husband remembers helping his Mum make it as a kid, beating the whole thing by hand, and carefully adding the oil bit by bit.

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Oh Wow! Thank you for sharing your traditions. It is awesome that we can swap similar recipes and names. It does remind me what a small world we live in :-). I think the same way too….what if a Russian taste my salad….what would they say :-). Thanks again for the note πŸ™‚

  26. hungrybreton June 15, 2015 at 4:52 am #

    In France, it was called Macedoine ( Macedonia), very similar ( very 80’s!) but it was often served rolled inside a slice of ham.

    • Nandini June 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm #

      Wow! Thanks for the info. I think I am learning a lot about this salad. Have to agree it was a 80’s thing. I am sure it is equally delicious.

  27. hitandrun1964 June 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

    I’m a vegetarian and that looks delicious. I enjoy vegetarian recipes.

  28. blondieaka June 16, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    Thank you for stopping by my blog again, your recipe for mayo looks good, one to try have never made my own mayo so its on my list, have a nice day πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm #

      You are so welcome Taylor. I am happy to know that. You too have a great day πŸ™‚

  29. Smart Food Solutions June 16, 2015 at 6:30 am #

    Reblogged this on Smart Food Solutions.

    • Nandini June 17, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

      Thank you so much for the re-blog. That was really kind of you πŸ™‚

  30. Kev June 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    That looks pretty good. πŸ™‚

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:24 pm #

      Thank You Kev. Much appreciated πŸ™‚

  31. cookwithmir June 18, 2015 at 10:18 pm #

    This looks fantastic!

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:25 pm #

      Thank You so much Mir πŸ™‚

  32. afreshbrewedfaith June 19, 2015 at 5:28 am #

    Pretty food and photos!! Thank you for the like and for introducing me to your blog.

    • Nandini June 19, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

      Thank You so much. And you are so welcome. Thank you too for stopping by πŸ™‚ .

  33. Linda Creation June 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm #

    Woooooow Nandini dis is incredible & Forminhas r outstanding

    • Nandini June 22, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Thank You much πŸ™‚

  34. triciaroxane July 3, 2015 at 7:47 pm #

    Oh man, my mom used to make this when I was a kid and I completely forgot about it until seeing your post! I’m definitely making this soon, thanks so much!

    • Nandini July 6, 2015 at 3:03 pm #

      You are very welcomed πŸ™‚ . I am happy that it brought back memories.

  35. wwwpalfitness September 1, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness and commented:
    Great food items from all over the world are found here

    • Nandini September 4, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

      Thank You Much again. Have a great long weekend πŸ™‚

      • wwwpalfitness September 4, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

        You are welcome and I hope you have a great weekend too.

  36. missiskarlsson November 18, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

    yes, Russian like the salad and eat usually huge portions on a holidays (but I never saw the version with pineapple, interesting!)

    • Nandini November 30, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

      Thank You! I believe this is a Goan version of the actual salad but not the original recipe πŸ™‚


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