In the United States, you can find several mayonnaise-based salads: potato salad, tuna salad, and egg salad. In Spain, they don’t really have any of that, but they do have Ensaladilla Rusa (Russian Salad). Ensaladilla Rusa is a combination of all of the above.
My wife had a Russian immigrant friend when she was a child and acquired intelligence that suggests that they really do eat this dish in Russia, but I have no other corroborating evidence. Personally, I have never seen this dish outside of Spain.
- Potatos – boiled, peeled, and mashed
- Eggs – hard boiled
- Canned Fried Peppers (pimentos)
- Set aside a few of the ingredients to decorate the top.
- Finely chop and mix all the other ingredients in a serving dish with a fork.
- Flatten the top.
- Put a very thin layer of mayonnaise on top to make it look white. (The rest of the salad is more gray.)
- Decorate as you wish. I often go with radially symmetric kaleidoscope-like designs (see photos), but I’ve done smiley faces and hearts and things.