Russian Salad is another very popular dish served in the spanish tapas. I dont exactly know why it is served as a spanish snack and does russian salad actually come from russia??? Well wikipedia tells me it was invented in Moscow by a Russian chef!!! It is very popular all over europe and each country has its own version. In spain its very popular and served in small portions in the tapas bars with cold cold beer !!!
The basic recipe is simple and then ofcoruse there are versions to this where you can add and minus ingredients. I will give you the basic recipe and then list all the other ingredients you can add to this.
By the way this can also be made vegetarian
I am sure this recipe is going to be very nostalgic for those who have visited Spain and frequented many of their tapas bars!!
2 bowls of boiled potatoes, diced
1/4 bowl of boiled carrots, diced
1/4 bowl of green peas, boiled
1/4 bowl of green beans, diced
2 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1/4 cup of canned tuna, drained
1/2-1 cup of mayonnaise
salt to taste
green olives for decoration
Mix all the ingredients leaving aside a little of the boiled egg for decoration. Refrigerate and serve cold with bread sticks. In Spain we get bottled grilled red peppers and we also decorate it with that. Its the basic russian salad. When i was a little girl my aunt would make hers with canned pineapple. Below i have given you a choice of ingredients you can mix and match to make your own russian salad.
ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS ( you can add or subtract the following ingredients acording to taste and choice)
diced apple, diced pineapple, cucumbers, capers, cooked chicken, cooked prawns, cooked crabmeat, sausage, ham, etc etc…..