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Russian Potato Salad from Costa Rica

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"This is a great recipe my aunt used to make while I lived In Costa Rica. It is a typical Costa Rican dish believed to have originated in Russia. Peas are optional but I prefer without. It's an easy Russian salad with a very pretty color. "
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1 h 10 m servings 212
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Place the potatoes into a pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two. Allow the potatoes to cool.
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, place the eggs into a saucepan in a single layer and fill with water to cover the eggs by 1 inch. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes. Pour out the hot water, then cool the eggs under cold running water in the sink. Peel and dice once cold.
  3. Place the potatoes, beets, eggs, and mayonnaise into a bowl, mix well, and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 212 calories; 7.2 30.3 7.7 126 219 Full nutrition

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I have been making this for years but didn't know it was Russian. I personally like it. I do use pickled beets and or pickled eggs because I like the zing from the vinegar, it gives it more tas...

I've lived in Costa Rica for 7 years and this is my favorite salad. We call it Ensalada Rusa. Great recipe.

A unique potato salad. As one reviewer suggested, I used pickled beets which really had a nice flavor. I think regular beets would be too bland. Tasty, interesting to try, but I prefer a more...

Any recipe that has beets in it, is good in my opinion. I add 3 cooked chopped hard boiled eggs and a small can of peas and a little mustard and vinegar. Great recipe!

This is truly a delicious and unique potato salad. I make as is with the exception of the beets - I buy pickled beets as it definitely kicks up the flavor. You don't need to add too much to th...

Really good recipe if you want a change from the usual potato salad, especially if you like beets. I used fresh beets that I diced and and boiled for a while until they were fork soft. Separatel...

It's a great recipe! nevertheless,I do add some lemon juice ... but this just a matter of taste!

I used the option of adding peas, and cooked fresh beets instead of using the canned variety. This is delicious and easy to assemble. I've already been asked to make this again!

This is a delicious salad when you add one more ingredient--dill pickle relish, with lots of dill pickle juice. Excellent as well when you substitute low fat mayo for real mayo. Try it!