Ensaladilla rusa (Russian salad) is a traditional Spanish tapas that you can find pretty much in every tapas bar in Catalonia and in Spain. Being familiar with this tapas is important as it is really a classic of the Spanish food tradition.
The recipe to prepare this very traditional Spanish tapas is fairly simple. Ensaladilla rusa is a mix of diced and boiled vegetables with some canned tuna (or chicken) and dressed with mayonnaise. It is normally served with breadsticks and it goes well together with a caña (beer) or a glass of wine.
The original version of the salad was invented by Lucien Olivier, a Belgian cook working at the famous Hermitage restaurant. It became a signature dish of the restaurant and a wide popular salad throughout the Country. In fact, in Russia this dish is called “Olivier salad”.
Most Spanish bars have the ensaladilla rusa on display on top of the bar in the refrigerated section. The portion served is usually generous as it is a fairly cheap tapas that may cost between 3 to 4 euros. Make sure the salad looks fresh with the mayonnaise having a pale yellow colour.
I am posting the picture of this ensaladilla because I thought it’s presentation was particularly nice … and it was delicious too 🙂 We had it at Bar But in c. Bonavista 8, in the lovely Gracia district. If you want to know more about Bar But Click HERE!