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Insalata Russa – Easy Russian Salad

July 18, 2017 by Emily

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Insalata Russa – an easy Russian Salad made with peas, carrots and potatoes and mixed with a sour cream, mayo dressing that’s tangy and delicious. Enjoy this Russian salad on sandwiches or with your summer BBQs.

Russian salad is everywhere in Italy and it’s extremely popular. I first tried it when I was travelling and volunteering over here a good few years ago. Needless to say, I absolutely loved it and quite possibly ate my weight in Russian salad the whole time I was over here which in fact did come with the inevitable consequences.

This is such an easy Russian salad recipe. It takes around 20 minutes to make and will keep in the fridge for a couple days (if it’s not demolished straight away). My all time favourite way to eat it is on sandwiches, uggh it makes the best sandwiches, ever!

I make monster sandwiches to take on picnics or for a cheeky weekend lunch and this Russian salad is always a must. Big crusty fresh rolls, Russian salad, arugula/rocket, juicy ripe tomatoes, cheese, meat such as mortadella or prosciutto cotto and ahem…more russian salad.

That my friends, pretty much makes up the ultimate killer sandwich.

In Italy this easy Russian salad is normally served as an antipasto, spread on bread or crackers and served with drinks. It’s also great along side barbecued meats such as sausages or steak, think of it like coleslaw except better!

How to make this easy Russian salad

First of all chop some carrots and potatoes into small cubes, add them to a pot of salted boiling water until soft. Add the peas last minute then drain and run under cold water until the vegetables are cold. Pat them dry and set them aside.

To make the dressing finely chop some capers and gherkins (even if you don’t like capers you’ll love this). The capers and gherkins give the dressing a slightly tangy and pickliness which I love. Add some sour cream and mayonaise with a pinch of salt and pepper and mix to combine. You can also add some parsley or basil which I do from time to time to change it up a bit but most of the time I love it just as it is.

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Insalata Russa - Easy Russian Salad

Easy Russian Salad recipe made with peas, carrots and potatoes and mixed with a sour cream, mayo dressing that's tangy and delicious.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 156kcal
Author Emily Kemp


  • 8.4 oz (240g/2 large) carrots
  • 8.6 oz (245g/1 medium) potato
  • 2/3 cup (100g) peas frozen
  • 1/8 cup (30g) capers
  • 2 baby gherkins
  • 2.8 oz (80g) mayonaise (good quality)
  • 2.6 oz (75g) sour cream


  • Bring a pot of salted boiling water to a boil. Finely chop the potato and carrots into small cubes. Boil until soft then add the peas for 1 minute until cooked then drain. Run the veg under cold water until completely cold, pat dry and set aside.
  • Finely chop the gherkins and capers together to as fine pieces as possible. Add them to a bowl with the mayo, sour cream and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix to combine. 
  • Add the veg to the creamy dressing and mix everything together. Serve as a side, on sandwiches or as an antipasto.


Please note this recipe was tested and developed using metric measurements all imperial measurements are approximate.


Calories: 156kcal
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    July 20, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Oh my! You definitely are speaking to my language. This looks amazing!

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    Lisa | Garlic & Zest
    July 18, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    I’ve never heard of a “salad” like this, but it sounds like a great topper for crackers, sandwiches and the like. I think I might serve it alongside a roast chicken too. Love the capers and gherkins for extra zing!5 stars

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    July 18, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Super delicious. I know that for sure because we have that kind of salad in Romania too. It’s amazing!!5 stars

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    Jeni @ Coquette Kitchen
    July 18, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I’ve never had Russian salad but it sounds like a nice tangy spin on a potato salad and I am eager to try it! I love capers, my mom not so much. I’ll have to see if I can get these past her 🙂5 stars

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    July 18, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Something about a creamy salad like this that screams summer to me! I could eat this one by the bowlful! Love the capers in there too 🙂

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    July 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    I’ll admit I know very little about Russian food but this sounds delicious! It has lots of my favourite things all mixed together 🙂

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    July 18, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    I’m in the post-Soviet bloc and have this salad at almost every celebration–and love it each time! your recipe looks amazing–though I’ve never had it with capers though. Will try your version soon!5 stars

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