Insalata Russa (Russian Salad)

Insalata Russa (Russian Salad)

By a Piedmontese Nonna near Lake Orta in Piedmont.

You might enjoy this recipe on our tours in Piedmont! We collected this recipe from a kind nonna that we met in a bar in 2014 near Lake Orta in Piedmont.


Ingredients for 4 people: 

  • 3 potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 can of peas Boil potatoes with skin



  • Boil potatoes with skin. Let cool off, then peel and dice
  • Peel and dice carrots, then boil them
  • Mix potatoes, carrots and peas with mayonnaise **

Buon appetito!


** Ingredients for mayonnaise:

  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • EVOO
  • 2 tsp of mustard
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 lemon



  • Separate egg yolks from whites (used them for something else such as merengue or a cake or frittata)
  • Stir gently the egg yolks with a spoon in the same direction, while slowly pouring EVOO
  • When eggs start to bind, add a pinch of salt and keep stirring until the mixture is enough thick 
  • Add lemon juice in small amount and keep adding EVOO while stirring until you reach desired amount
  • Add mustard and adjust the flavor depending on your preferences 

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