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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Vegan, Low Fat "A La Russe" / Olivier Salad


This is a special recipe for me because I only eat this salad once a year! It's a tradition for us Romanians to make this salad on Christmas and New Year's Eve. The original recipe is Russian and contains meat but it's just as delicious without it.

I'm not a fan of mayo and I tried to make it as healthy as possible. The sour flavor of pickles blends perfectly with the sweetness of the corn, carrots and potatoes. The combination is just perfect.

I hope you like this simple and easy world-known recipe - now healthy!

Ingredients for approx. 10 servings (more or less):

5 big red skin potatoes
2 carrots
1/2 cup peas (canned, boiled)
1/2 cup corn (canned, boiled)
a jar of pickled cucumbers - you'll be using about 10-12 pickles, more or less - it depends on their size; *
a jar of pickled red bell peppers - you'll be using about 10-12 slices (halves) - it depends on their size; *
2 tbsp good quality mustard
3 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp unrefined olive oil
sea salt, to taste
ground pepper, to taste
vegan low fat mayonnaise (optional) - for garnish

*I don't know the exact quantities; add as much as you like.. Also, save some for decorating the salad.
* If you want you can replace the lemon's juice, mustard and oil with mayo.

Directions:

Boil the unpeeled potatoes until tender.

In another pot, boil the carrots until ready.

Peel the boiled potatoes and chop them in small pieces.  Chop the boiled carrot.

Chop the pickled cucumbers and bell peppers.

Place chopped veggies, corn and peas in a large bowl and set aside.

Place 1/3  of a boiled peeled potato in another jar - you'll be using it to make the mayo. Mash the one third of the potato. Place it in a bowl and add olive oil, mustard, 3 tbsp lemon juice and 3 tbsp water. Mix ingredients very well. (skip this if you use mayonnaise).

Add the mayonnaise made in the steps above over the veggies in the bowl and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish with low fat mayo (optional) and decorate as you please.

*I used an egg to decorate but you can use pickles or bell pepper if you're vegan. The recipe is egg-free.


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4 Comments:

At January 3, 2012 at 8:50 AM , Blogger Suzi said...

This is very interesting. I have never heard of this dish or a vegan mayo made with potatoes. I am definitely going to try that. I am trying this year to cut out my dairy intake. Thanks for sharing this. Hapy New Year to you.

 
At January 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM , OpenID eva @VegucatingMyKid said...

I am Polish and we have a very similar salad and I have missed it as a traditional meal served on Xmas Eve. I am looking forward to preparing your version soon!

 
At January 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM , Blogger socalgirl said...

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At January 9, 2012 at 8:01 PM , Blogger socalgirl said...

This looks so cute! And yummy :)

-Kristi @ mysanfranciscokitchen.com

 

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