#RecipeSwap: Russian salad

This month Christianna proposed us to swap the recipe for Russian salad. Now Russian salad exist also in Italy, but it is a slightly different dish than it is over here. For us, Russian salad is an appetizer often served at Christmas consisting of diced boiled carrots, peas and potatoes dressed in mayo. Often it is molded into beautiful shapes and sometimes covered in gelatine to make it look better.

Of course for this swap I had to go with Russian salad. At the same time my fridge didn’t sport any peas and I had only 1 potato. So I decided to go with a slightly more liberal interpretation of the original recipe and I mixed in beets and squash and edamame. It turned out pretty well. And very orange thanks to the squash!

You can eat it as a salad or as a dip, whatever you like most.

Now I am curious to see what the other members of the swap did, are you not? To check out all the recipe get to the end of this post and check out the InLinkz!

#RecipeSwap: Russian salad

#RecipeSwap: Russian salad


  • 1 potato
  • 1/2 small buttercup squash
  • 4 small carrots or 2 big ones
  • 1/2 cup frozen edamame or peas
  • 1/4 cup pickled beets
  • 3/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup yogurt


  1. Dice all the vegetables to the size of the edamame.
  2. Place the pickled beets in a bowl and cover with water so that they loose some of the color.
  3. Blanch the other vegetables in hot boiling water until fork tender, but still crunchy (about 5 minutes).
  4. Let the vegetables cool down and dry out.
  5. Place all the vegetables including the beets in a bowl and add the mayo and the yogurt. Add more mayo and/or yogurt to taste.
  6. Place in a mold lined with saran wrap and place in the fridge until is time to serve.
  7. For serving, unmold and get creative decorating with pickles and mayo

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19 Responses to #RecipeSwap: Russian salad

  1. albertocook says:

    It looks very good…. and very funny

  2. Frank says:

    I love Russian salad, and I like the idea of using yogurt (Greek?) together with the usual mayo. Lightens things up, I imagine, and adds a little ‘zip’. It’s been literally years since I’ve made this dish. Thanks for reminding me of an old, almost forgotten favorite!

  3. tina says:

    e chi resiste a una simile bontà?piacere di conoscerti,ti faccio i miei complimenti,mi sono unita se ti va di ricambiare ti aspetto con piacere da me…buona giornata ^_^

  4. Lana says:

    How interesting! I wrote in my post that we have a version of Russian salad that we serve for every winter celebration (especially New Year’s Eve). I could not do it this time, but I have to make it come December:)

    Yes, I love the mold, too! Edamame would be very interesting, I think!

    BTW, how did you get the linky thing to work?

    • PolaM says:

      I use the second code (1.5) and place it in the HTML after the break…. If I use the 3rd code (2) I get the frog but not the pic and if I place it after the break everything after the break is not displayed. Does this help?

  5. This looks so cool! I have never had a salad like this…totally irresistible!

  6. Mila says:

    Che bel pesce di insalata russa, veramente carino…ciao

  7. Woah. I’m impressed. I’m glad someone in the group of swappers went for the gusto and did a closer interpretation of the original recipe. What a cool mold, too!

  8. Shumaila says:

    I love edamames and to have it in russian salad sounds like a great idea.

  9. Adora's Box says:

    Such a nostalgic dish. I remember having this at parties and loving it. The presentation is so festive.

  10. Che simpatica la forma e poi ha tutta l’aria di essere buonissimo, complimenti!
    Un abbraccio!

  11. Daniela says:

    Un’idea carina e simpatica, molto bella la forma de pesce. Buona giornata Daniela.

  12. Your adaption is so creative and I think I have one of those fish molds somewhere deep in my cupboard. I must use it again! 😀

  13. Patty says:

    Ciao Pola, anche se non trovi i funghi, magari potresti usare degli champignon semplicissimi anche se il sapore non è così deciso. Ma la cosa più importante è provare a fare la pasta in casa….dai, poi fammi sapere come è andata. Il tuo pesce è strepitoso!
    Un bacione, Pat

  14. Rachel says:

    Cute fish! Molded salads need to make a comeback.
    This really does sound like a great dip! I’d be dipping pretzels and cucumber slices or maybe even making a Russian salad sandwich.

  15. You should start a business where you design healthy food in a way that will get kids to eat it. That’s total genius!

  16. Gio says:

    Paola che carina la forma a pesce! complimenti come al solito! 🙂

  17. Ramona says:

    What a cool salad. Love the fish. 🙂

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