Kosher Russian Potato Salad (Parve) Recipe

Kosher Russian Potato Salad (Parve) Recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
169 Calories
10g Fat
15g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 169
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 632mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 6g
Calcium 49mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

There are endless variations to olivye, or Russian potato salad and this recipe is just one. Precision with the ingredient quantities isn't important—use what you've got and adjust to taste!

Fresh herbs, such as dill, chives, or parsley, are great additions to the salad and offer a big flavor boost. You can use canned or frozen peas and carrots as a shortcut, but the salad's texture and flavor are better with freshly cooked carrots and peas. 

You can use any type of waxy potato for this recipe. For visual interest, try mixing a few different varieties, such as red-skinned, Yukon Gold, and purple potatoes, as pictured here. 

If you'd like to serve this salad on Shabbat but don't have time to prepare everything in advance, boil then refrigerate the potatoes and eggs (and peas and carrots, if using fresh) on Friday afternoon. Assemble the salad on Saturday morning, and chill until Shabbat lunch.

Ingredients

  • 6 to 8 medium potatoes (washed, skins on)
  • 2 to 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 to 3 medium carrots (peeled, trimmed, and diced into 1/4-inch pieces)
  • 4 dill pickles, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons mayonnaise (or more according to taste)
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Pinch sugar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Kosher Russian Potato Salad (Parve) Recipe ingredients

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  2. Place the potatoes (with their skins on) in a large pot or Dutch oven. Cover with 2 inches of cold water, and bring to a boil.

    potatoes cooking in a pot of water

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  3. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are easily pierced with a knife, about 20 to 40 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes.

    potatoes cooking in a pot of water

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  4. Drain, transfer to a bowl, and place in the refrigerator to cool. 

    cooked potatoes in a bowl

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  5. While the potatoes are cooling, make the hard-boiled eggs; place the eggs in a small saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Allow the eggs to cook for 2 minutes, reduce the heat to low, and simmer, covered for 10 minutes more.

    eggs boiling in a pot

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  6. Drain and place the eggs in a small bowl of ice water to cool.

    eggs in a bowl of ice water

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  7. Place the chopped carrots in a small saucepan and cover with enough cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil. Add the fresh peas (if using frozen peas, don't cook them, just add to the salad with the eggs), lower the heat, and simmer until the carrots and peas are tender, about 6 to 8 minutes.

    carrots cooking in a pot

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  8. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking process. Transfer the carrots and peas to a large bowl. 

    peas and carrots in a bowl

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  9. Take the potatoes from the refrigerator, peel, and cut into 1/4-inch dice. Add the potatoes to the bowl with the carrots and peas.

    diced potatoes added to the bowl with the carrots and peas

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  10. Add the potatoes to the bowl with the carrots and peas. Peel the hard-boiled eggs, cut into 1/4-inch dice.

    cut eggs into pieces

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  11. Add chopped egg to the vegetables along with chopped pickles and mix well.

    potato salad ingredients in a bowl

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  12. Add the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, and sugar to the bowl. Gently toss together. Taste the salad and adjust the seasonings, or add more mayonnaise if you prefer a creamier salad. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

    Kosher Russian Potato Salad (Parve) in a bowl

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