My mother’s French salad…

…that is actually a bit Russian (the salad, not my mother, although we are Slavs, so you never know). In our family there is a tradition – on 1st of May we go on a road trip. We did this almost every year, always with a big crowd, our family, my uncle’s, my great aunt’s, friends of my aunt and so on (you get the picture), our caravan was road tripping across Slovenia like a bunch of gipsies. In the last years I missed a couple of these trips, due to the fact that I am not always home then, but I will always feel the need to go on a trip in May. Our trips lasted a wole day and made us really hungry, so packing some picknick foods was always a must. There were a couple of thing that were regular in our portable fridge (a.k.a the styrofoam box) – breaded fried chicken fillets and a French salad.

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Naša družina ima tradicijo – prvega maja se gre na izlet. Skoraj vsako leto smo se kam odpravili, vedno v veliki družbi, mi, strici, tete, prijatelji od stricev in tet (saj si lahko predstavljate kako to gre). V zadnjih letih sem nekaj teh izletov zamudila, ker maja nisem vedno doma, a prav vsakič znova mi začetek maja vzbudi željo po kakšnem izletku. Med našimi potikanji po Sloveniji in okolici, smo vedno postali zelo lačni in obvezen del izleta (če ne skorajda vrhunec le-tega) je bil piknik iz kofana/prtljažnika. Nekatere jedi so bile obvezen del tega piknika – pohan piščanec in francoska solata (no to je včasih nadomestila krompirjeva).

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My mother makes this “French” salad for all the big parties and family gatherings when food is required (and with my family it always is, I mean come on, you simply can not sit behind an empty table). It’s a perfect potluck/make ahead/dontneedheatingup/yummy dish. I actually don’t know why we call this salad “French”, most of the people call it Russian salad, and I think officially it’s called Olivier salad. Real russian salad has some extra ingredients that are not found in this one, so maybe that is why it’s a different name. But whatever the name, this salad is a goodie. 

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Mamina francoska solata, ki je pravzaprav ruska, je obvezen del večjih žurk in družinskih srečanj, kjer se jé (in v moji družini se vedno jé,  kako bi pa izgledalo, če bi sedeli za prazno mizo). Ta “solata” je popolna jed za take priložnosti, lahko se jo pripravi vnaprej, v velikih količinah, ni je potrebno segrevati in skoraj vsi jo imajo radi. 

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So this week Laurens and me went on a mini road trip as well and I decided we must have a picnic along the way. I immediately knew that one of the dishes we’ll take will be the famous french salad. I prepared it the night before and the next day we had a lovely day walking around Hallerbos and a nice picnic on the way as well.

Enjoy the goodies!

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Mama's French salad
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup diced potatoes (3-4 medium)
  2. 1 cup diced carrots (3 big)
  3. 1 cup green peas
  4. 1 cup diced pickles
  5. 1 cup diced chicken salami or ham
  6. 1 cup diced hard boiled eggs (about 3 medium eggs)
  7. 1/3 cup diced parsley
  8. 1/2 - 1 cup mayonnaise
  9. 3 tbs apple cider vinegar
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Dice all the ingredients in pea-sized pieces, you want everything to be the same size.
  2. Put potatoes, carrots and peas in a skillet, cover with water and bring to a boil. cook for 10-15 min until all the vegetables are cooked. Set aside to cool.
  3. Combine potatoes, carrots, peas, pickles, salami/ham, eggs, parsley in a bowl.
  4. Mix in the mayonnaise. Add enough to cover all the ingredients so that is nicely creamy.
  5. Add vinegar (adjust the quantity if needed).
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Chill for at least 2 h or overnight.
Notes
  1. This dish can easily be made meatless by just omitting the meat in the recipe.
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Ko sva se z Laurensom ta teden odločila, da greva na izlet, sem zahtevala, da imava na poti tudi piknik. Takoj sem vedela, da morava v piknik torbi imeti tudi francosko solato. Najin izlet v Hallerbos je bil čudovit in piknik na poti prav tako.

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Mamina francoska solata
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lonček na kocke narezanih krompirjev (3-4 srednje veliki)
  2. 1 lonček na kocke narezanega korenja (3 veliki)
  3. 1 lonček graha
  4. 1 lonček na kocke narezanih kislih kumaric
  5. 1 lonček na kocke narezane Poli salame
  6. 1 lonček na kocke narezanih trdo kuhanih jajc (3 jajca)
  7. 1/3 lončka sesekljanega peteršilja
  8. 1/2 - 1 lončka majoneze
  9. Jabolčni kis
  10. Sol in poper
Instructions
  1. Če nimate kupljene narezane zelenjave, narežite vse na kocke velikosti graha.
  2. Skuhajte krompir, korenje in grah v slanem kropu.
  3. Zelenjavo ohladite.
  4. V večji posodi združite kuhan krompir, grah in korenje, ter narezana jajca, kisle kumarice, Poli salamo in peteršilj.
  5. Vmešajte majonezo, dodajte je toliko, da so vse sestavine prekrite.
  6. Solato okisajte, posolite in popoprajte.
  7. Solato shranite v hladilniku za 2 uri ali čez noč.
Notes
  1. Če bi raje solato brez mesa, lahko Poli salamo enostavno izpustite.
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