This vegan Olivier salad (aka Russian salad) is the perfect side dish with your holiday feast, celebrations, or during the warmer months as a refreshing meal.
I grew up having this salad mostly at my birthday parties. It’s a salad that typically included cut-up boiled eggs and regular mayonnaise.
Since I was raised in a vegetarian household, we didn’t have pieces of ham in it as the traditional Russian salad does.
This is one of my all-time favourite childhood dishes, and I refused to give it up when I become vegan, so of course, I veganised it! I honestly can barely tell the difference, and in my opinion, this one is even better.
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I often forget how simple this salad is to make and how I can easily eat the whole lot. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!
The flavours are simple, but they work really well together.
I’ve been playing around with ingredients to find the perfect balance of flavours for the vegan mayonnaise and came up with something as close as I could get it to an egg mayonnaise without compromising too much on the taste.
How to make this Russian potato salad
As I mentioned earlier, it is super simple to make, and it gets better with age. You can leave it in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.
All you need to do is boil the potatoes, carrots, and peas. Chop them up into small pieces and add them to a large bowl.
Chop up the gherkins and add them to the bowl. Toss well.
Now to make the mayonnaise. Add the silken tofu, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, mustard, dill, and salt to a small processor and blend until silky smooth. Pour in the oil while the processor is going to give it that beautiful fluffy and creamy texture.
Pour it over the salad and toss well. Serve cold.
See how simple that is!? Now keep going down for the full recipe…
What is the best variety of potatoes for this salad?
Waxy potatoes are always best as they have less starch in them, which means they will retain their shape after boiling. Here are a few options; however, keep in mind that they will vary from country to country but will sometimes have different names for the same potato. Just find the waxy potatoes that are local to your area.
- New potatoes
- French fingerling
- Red bliss
- Baby potatoes
- Red adirondack
- Russian banana
- Dutch cream
- Red royale
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