Insalata russa – my family recipe

Insalata russa – my family recipe from years. It’s not really an Italian origin recipe, but it’s nowadays a classic dish of the Italian tradition, usually prepared for Christmas or for festive occasions. This is one of my favorite dishes.

It can be prepared in many ways. I know there are many versions and every family in Italy has its own. This is my family’s recipe; we like it with potatoes, carrots, onion, peas, celery, tuna and mayonnaise. Basically, you can add to the salad whatever you want, according to your taste.

Let’s see how to make my Insalata russa recipe! So let’s get started.

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Insalata russa - my family recipe

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  • DifficultyEasy
  • CostCheap
  • Preparation time20 Minutes
  • Rest time1 Hour
  • Cooking time20 Minutes
  • Serving6
  • Cooking methodStove
  • CuisineItalian

Ingredients for Insalata russa – my family recipe

  • 2potatoes
  • 2carrots
  • 2courgette (zucchini squash)
  • 1onion
  • 1 stemcelery
  • 1/2 cuppeas (frozen)
  • 1 cupmayonnaise (300 g)
  • 3.5 ouncestuna in oil (drained)
  • 2eggs (boiled)
  • q.s.salt


  1. First, cook vegetables.

  2. Peel the potatoes and carrots, and boil them in salted water with courgettes, celery and onion, until they become just a little soft. Also boil the pees.

  3. Check on your vegetables early and often, as they have different cooking times. Do not let the vegetables overcook.

  4. After put the vegetables in a colander to drain and cool, then cut them into small cubes.

  5. Now add all the vegetables together in a large bowl with the drained tuna and taste them for seasoning with salt if needed. Stir in the mayonnaise, stirring gently.

  6. At this point, keep the Russian salad covered with plastic wrap or a lid in the refrigerator for at least half a day. It must be cold when serving.

  7. To serve, unmold Insalata russa onto a platter and decorate with slices of hardboiled eggs and chives.

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    Insalata Russa – my family recipe is ready. Enjoy!

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    Buon appetito!


Insalata Russa can be stored in a closed airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

Tips and tricks

To prepare Insalata Russa you can also use homemade mayonnaise

Insalata Russa is generally served in a large bowl or serving plate or you can create individual servings.

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