Olivier’s Salad – Ensaladilla Rusa
Probably every home in Gibraltar has their own version of this versatile and easy to make salad. My Grandmother was not going to be an exception! The traditional Salad did not have peas incorporated into it, and neither did it have olives, but as with everything in life, we tend to adopt and adapt things to suit us best, and once again my Grandmother hit the nail on the head, and came up with a combination that is slightly reminiscent of the Heinz 57 vegetable salad that used to be sold when I was young, and was loved by everyone I knew.
The secret to this recipe, apart from the best ingredients possible, is to not overcook the vegetables, as they will crumble and lose their texture. Soft but firm is what you are looking for, and of course, make your own Mayonnaise – since you made everything fresh, why not this as well?
Whatever you end up adding to it, whether you use tuna, olives, peas or not, this salad will grace your table and will not only look good, but will taste divine, and will easily complement any dish you serve.