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Dive into the Colorful Delight of Haitian Salad Russe

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One dish that perfectly captures the rich history of Haitian cuisine and its vibrant tapestry is Salad Russe, a creamy and colorful side dish that translates to “Russian Salad.” While its name might suggest European origins, this beloved Haitian staple has evolved into something uniquely its own.

Unlike its Russian counterpart, Haitian Salad Russe is a delightful medley of root vegetables, with vibrant beets lending their signature color and earthy sweetness. Potatoes and carrots add textural contrast and subtle flavor, while green peas bring a pop of freshness. The creamy dressing, typically made with mayonnaise and splash vinegar, combines everything together harmoniously.

This versatile salad is a staple at Haitian celebrations, casual and formal dinners, picnics, and potlucks. It’s served chilled as a side dish, often alongside fried plantains, griot (deep-fried pork), or chicken. But its beauty lies in its adaptability. Enjoy it with fried plantains, a side of pikliz, and avocado halves for a refreshing plant-based meal.

Are you ready to add a taste of Haiti to your table? Here’s a simple recipe for Salad Russe:

Haitian Salad Russe Ingredients
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A Colorful Cast of Characters: Exploring the Ingredients in Haitian Salad Russe

Haitian Salad Russe boasts a vibrant ensemble of ingredients, each playing a distinct role in creating its unique flavor and texture:

The Root Vegetable Trio:

  • Potatoes: They provide a hearty base, and a comforting starchiness and subtle earthiness. Russet potatoes work well, but you can explore other varieties, like Yukon Gold, for a creamier texture.
  • Carrots: Adding a touch of sweetness and vibrant orange color, carrots offer a delightful crunch and vital nutritional benefits like beta-carotene.
  • Beets: The star of the show, vibrant beets lend their signature fuchsia hue and earthy sweetness, making Salad Russe stand out from its potato salad cousin. Choose fresh beets for optimal flavor and color.

Pop of Freshness:

  • Green peas: These tiny green spheres bring a burst of freshness and subtle sweetness, balancing the earthiness of the root vegetables. Frozen peas are convenient, but feel free to use fresh if available.

Creamy Symphony:

  • Mayonnaise: The creamy glue that binds everything together, mayonnaise provides richness and tang. Opt for full-fat mayo for the best results, but vegan alternatives work, too.
  • Apple cider vinegar: Adding a touch of acidity, apple cider vinegar balances the richness of the mayonnaise and brightens the flavors. Substitute white vinegar if needed.

Flavorful Accents:

  • Dijon mustard: A touch of Dijon mustard adds depth and a subtle kick, complementing the earthiness of the vegetables and the tang of the vinegar.
  • Salt and pepper: These kitchen staples season the salad, bringing out the inherent flavors of each ingredient. Adjust to your taste!
  • Fresh parsley (optional): A sprinkle of fresh parsley adds a pop of color and a herbaceous finish to the salad. Feel free to substitute with other fresh herbs like chives or dill.

Bonus Additions:

  • Bell pepper: Chopped red, green, or yellow bell pepper adds sweetness, crunch, and a touch of vibrancy. Roasted red pepper can offer a smoky twist.
  • Garlic powder: A half teaspoon of garlic powder infuses the dressing with subtle garlicky warmth. Adjust to your liking.

Whether you follow the recipe strictly or add your own creative touches, each ingredient in Haitian Salad Russe plays a vital role in creating this delightful and colorful side dish. So, grab your chopping board and embark on a culinary adventure to the heart of Haiti!

salade russe
Salade russe

Additional tips to enhance the flavors with Bell Peppers and Garlic Powder

Bell Pepper:

  • Amount: Start with 1/2 cup of chopped red, green, or yellow bell pepper. You can adjust this amount based on your desired level of sweetness and crunch.
  • When to add: Add the chopped bell pepper along with the other diced vegetables in step 3.

Garlic Powder:

  • Amount: Start with 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder and adjust to taste. Remember, you can always add more, but it’s harder to take it away.
  • When to add: Mix the garlic powder with the mayonnaise in step 4 when making the dressing. This will allow the flavors to infuse well.

Additional Tips:

  • For a smoky flavor, use roasted red bell pepper instead of fresh.
  • For a creamier taste and texture, add crushed-boiled eggs.
  • If you don’t have fresh parsley for garnish, you can use finely chopped chives or dill.
  • If you have leftover Salad Russe, it keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Final Tips:

  • For a vegan option, substitute regular mayonnaise for vegan mayonnaise and omit the eggs.
  • You can adjust the vegetables to your preference. Add chopped celery, green beans, or even shredded cabbage for extra crunch.
  • Spice it up! Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a drizzle of NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce for a kick.
  • Get creative with serving! Use lettuce cups, mini phyllo cups, or even hollowed-out cherry tomatoes as edible serving vessels.

Less is often more, and Salad Russe is a prime example. This dish shines with the inherent flavors of its simple ingredients. Forget fancy cheeses or creamy sauces – Salad Russe lets the vegetables be the star. This allows you to truly savor their natural taste.

Salad Russe is more than just a dish; it’s a vibrant experience. Its blend of colors, textures, and flavors takes you on a culinary journey to the heart of Haiti. So, gather your friends and family, whip up this delightful salad, and savor a taste of this beautiful Caribbean island!

Haitian – Salade Russe (Russian Salad)

Salade Russe, the Haitian version, made with potatoes, carrots, beets, green peas, spices and mayonnaise.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Salads and Veggies, Side Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean, Haitian Cuisine
Servings 6
Calories 83 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 potatoes medium size
  • 2 carrots large or 3 medium
  • 2 beets medium size
  • 1/2 cup sweet peas cooked
  • 1/2 cup white onion or red onion, diced or minced
  • 1/3 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup green bell pepper diced, optional
  • 2-3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp Noubess Original Hot and Spicy Sauce to taste and optional
  • 1 Boiled egg diced or crushed, optional

Instructions
 

  • Cook the vegetables: Boil the potatoes and carrots until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Separately, boil the beets until tender, about 25-30 minutes. Let all vegetables cool completely.
  • Dice the vegetables: Peel and finely dice the potatoes, carrots, and beets. Thaw the peas and gently cook with very little water in a saucepan. Do not overcook, strain and set aside to cool.
  • Make the dressing: In a bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • Combine: In a large bowl, gently fold the diced vegetables, and peas into the dressing.
  • Chill and garnish: Refrigerate the salad for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Notes

  • Spice variations: Use white pepper instead of black pepper or add a touch of yellow mustard or other flavored mustard.
  • Bell pepper: Chopped red, green, or yellow bell pepper adds sweetness, crunch, and a touch of vibrancy. Roasted red pepper can offer a smoky twist.
  • Garlic powder: A half teaspoon of garlic powder infuses the dressing with subtle garlicky warmth. Adjust to your liking.
  • For a vegan option, substitute regular mayonnaise for vegan mayonnaise and omit the eggs.
  • You can adjust the vegetables to your preference. Add chopped celery, green beans, or even shredded cabbage for extra crunch.
  • Spice it up! Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a drizzle of NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce for a kick.
  • Get creative with serving! Use lettuce cups, mini phyllo cups, or even hollowed-out cherry tomatoes as edible serving vessels.
  • For a smoky flavor, use roasted red bell pepper instead of fresh.
  • For a creamier taste and texture, add crushed-boiled eggs.
  • You can use finely chopped chives or dill if you don’t have fresh parsley for garnish.
  • If you have leftover Salad Russe, it keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Nutrition

Serving: 4gramsCalories: 83kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 77mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3584IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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