Russian salad

  • for 4 people
  • Ready in 1 hour
  • Easy
Or, to give it the correct name, insalata russa. Spot the anomaly? This dish is Italian, not Russian. It’s great with poached salmon or rare roast beef.

Nutritional info per serving

Per serving: 329kcals, 19.4g fat (3.5g saturated), 13.9g protein, 27g carbs, 7.4g sugar, 0.5g salt

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2 medium or 4 small beetroot
2 or 3 waxy potatoes
100g fresh shelled peas
100g baby carrots
½ small cauliflower, picked into florets
100g green beans, sliced
3 large free-range eggs
2 dill pickled gherkins or a handful cornichons, diced
3 heaped tbsp mayonnaise (see separate recipe to make your own, or use a good bought one)
Small bunch of fresh dill (optional)


1. Boil the beetroot in a pan of salted water for 20-30 minutes, until tender. Cool a little, then push the skins off with a thumb and forefinger, then cut into dice.
2. Meanwhile, peel and dice the potatoes to the same size as the beets. Boil in a pan of lightly salted water until tender. Allow the spuds and beets to cool completely.
3. Now blanch the peas, carrots, cauliflower and beans. Use the same pan in succession rather than several (it saves on washing up!) but blanch the cauliflower last, as it will flavour the water. Drain and cool.
4. Finally, cook the eggs in boiling salted water for 7 minutes. Plunge them into a bowl of cold water, then peel and halve.
5. Mix the pickle with all the vegetables and fold them into the mayonnaise in a bowl. Season and top with dill sprigs and the eggs.

  • Very simple, unoaked whites work best – Italian whites such as Frascati or Pinot Grigio come out tops.

From September 2008

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