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Russian salad, Japanese style – “Olivier-san”

Now the Japanese like potato salads, they also like pickled vegetables – known as Tsukemono.

Tart, sour, sweet - my kind of salad
Tart, sour, sweet – my kind of salad

Pop to Russia and you get the same. There are traditional farmer style salads with pickled vegetables, potatoes, egg and the like. The salad I have had from Russia, recently, is called Olivier (nearly named after No.1 Son).

So I thought, why not, combine the two and create a Japanese-Russian style salad. Let’s call it Olivier-san.

This will do a fairly big salad for at least 6 if accompanying some other dish. You will need;

  • 1 squeezy bottle of Japanese mayonnaise (or use a bottle of salad cream. You want the vinegar of salad cream not mayonnaise);
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, sliced;
  • 1 cup of cooked and cooled peas (or straight from tin peas will do as pre-cooked);
  • 1 cup of sweetcorn whole kernels;
  • 1 jar of Japanese pickles (or use a jar of sliced gherkins – back to Russian style);
  • 5 potatoes cubed, and boiled until soft in some salt water – try to keep these guys warm; and
  • 2 tablespoons of Japanese white vinegar (or use any white vinegar).

How simple is that. To finish it gets even simpler.

In a bowl add all the ingredients above. Try to keep the potatoes warm when adding as this slightly melts the mayonnaise, and warms the peas and sweetcorn.

Give this a gentle stir until all are covered with the mayonnaise and serve.

Come on if you can’t manage this dish you should be locked up somewhere dark.

I would say some simple BBQ’d thinly sliced pork fillet would be phenomenal with this salad, to add some sweet to the tartness of the pickles.

I hope my Japanese family might give this a go, and of course enjoy it.

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