Romanian Potato Salad Recipe

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Romanian Potato Salad
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  • you will need: this is my own doesn'tsp include boiled parsnips, which are often used.
  • 1 1/2 cups diced pickles
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 parsnip (optional)
  • to decorate
  • directions
  • important : if you would like to decorate your salad , remember to reserve some vegetables, egg ,etc.
  • boil potatoes in their skins in salted water till fork tender.
  • boil eggs till hard. set aside. place chicken breasts in a pot with water(sort of like making a soup). water doesn'tsp have to be exact but you should have plenty(maybe 6-8 cups). place about 2-3 carrots, a stalk or two of celery and 1 onion. add some salt ( about 1 tbsp kosher salt). bring to boil and then simmer till carrots are tender and chicken is cooked. remove chicken and carrots to use for the potato salad. you can reserve the stock for a soup or freeze in small containers to use later in pan sauces, etc.
  • dice chicken , potatoes , carrots ( parsnip too, if you are using) , and eggs. dice pickles and squeeze them a bit to remove some of their juice (this helps so that your salad doesn'tsp become too watery). place frozen peas in a under running warm water to defrost them . drain completely and add to the rest of the diced ingredients.
  • add mustard and pepper and 1 cup mayo.
  • mix till combined taste for seasoning.
  • add more mayo to the mixture until it is tuna salad-like(for a lack of a better term) . you might need the full 2 cups. this depends on preference...use less if you don'tsp want it too creamy or use more if you like it creamier. place in a nice serving dish and spread a thin layer of mayo...decorate with reserved vegetables (egg, carrots, peas, pickles, parsley, olives, chopped egg


  1. Romanian Potato Salad(Salata de Boeuf)... This is a typical Romanian dish that can be found in many Romanian homes. It may sound French, but the real history behind this salad is that it was of Russian origin, properly called Salad Olivier. It was invented in the 1860's by a well known chef, Lucien Olivier. He worked at Moscow's most celebrated restaurant, the Hermitage. You can read the whole story here... it is quite fascinating! So, I am giving the Russians credit for this salad:)!
  2. This type of salad is very common in Romania. It is often made for special occasions and around the holidays. A traditional potato salad that is a bit tangy, but quite delicious. I have to admit that this type of salad should be done with beef, therefore the name boeuf(French). But many people have adapted this salad with ingredients that they have on hand....usually using cheaper cuts of meat. It it is often done with chicken, turkey or ham. This salad has been changed over the years and the Romanians have their own version. It can be quite time consuming, as you have to do a lot of dicing. Feel free to adjust amounts of vegetables/ really can't go wrong with amounts. If you don't like your salad to be too tangy, decrease amount of pickles... if you like more potatoes, add more potatoes... taste and adjust seasoning as you go along. But once it comes together, it is well worth it. It is often decorated elaborately ...sort of like decorating a cake. You can click here to see a few kind of gives you a main idea. Please forgive my lack of a decent decoration. I totally forgot to reserve some boiled vegetables for the decorations...I just had some egg:). I also was not planning on posting this, but I thought some of you might try it. This salad is normally served with some french bread and can be a meal in itself. You can also serve it as an is fun to make individual servings. Hope you enjoy this.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 639.49 Kcal (2677 kJ)
Calories from fat 428.24 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47.58g 73%
Cholesterol 171.05mg 57%
Sodium 1150.42mg 48%
Potassium 364.19mg 8%
Total Carbs 42.71g 14%
Sugars 24.15g 97%
Dietary Fiber 4.99g 20%
Protein 11.82g 24%
Vitamin C 11.2mg 19%
Vitamin A 0.5mg 17%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Calcium 63.4mg 6%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 196.61 Kcal (823 kJ)
Calories from fat 131.66 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.63g 73%
Cholesterol 52.59mg 57%
Sodium 353.68mg 48%
Potassium 111.96mg 8%
Total Carbs 13.13g 14%
Sugars 7.42g 97%
Dietary Fiber 1.53g 20%
Protein 3.64g 24%
Vitamin C 3.4mg 19%
Vitamin A 0.2mg 17%
Iron 0.5mg 10%
Calcium 19.5mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 16
  • 18

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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