Russian Salad, Variation of Potato Salad

My first taste of Russian salad was from my aunt. I never knew one could make red beets into a salad. Russian salad prepared the Pinoy way is probably named as such because of the natural red coloring of the ingredients, red beet.

russian salad The salad taste sweet with a slight tangy flavor due to the tart apples and the vinegar marinade. It is basically a potato salad except that the natural red color of the beets seep through the potatoes and the other ingredients. In wikipedia, Russian Salad is not even colored red. A homemade variant of the Russian Salad contains carrots, ham, onions, pickled gherkins, eggs, sweetcorn, cucumber, peas, potato and mayonnaise.

I believe the Pinoy version of “Russian Salad” is very delicious. Try preparing it.


1 cup cubed cooked red beets, beta vulgaris or sugar beets (Known as remolatsa in the vernacular)
1 cup pineapple tidbits
4 tart apples (sweet red apples tend to be mushy)
mayonnaise (I buy reduced fat)
1/3 cup diced sweet ham
1 1/2 cup diced cooked chicken
3 cups cubed cooked potatoes
1 cup cubed cooked carrots
1/4 cup finely diced celery
vinegar, salt and pepper to taste


1. Peel and dice apples and mix with a little mayonnaise. Mix the ham, chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery.

2. Marinate with a tablespoon of vinegar, salt and pepper.

3. Add mayonnaise, beets, pineapple, and apples mixed with mayonnaise.

The amount of mayonnaise depends on the amount of desired coating.

Taste your finished product before chilling the salad in the refrigerator. I usually serve the salad the day after as soon as the seasonings seep through the potatoes. I line the bowl with lettuce before adding the Russian salad.

That’s it.

It looks really colorful at the table. Check out our Christmas day lunch.

noche buena

11 thoughts on “Russian Salad, Variation of Potato Salad

  1. Tina

    This sounds fascinating. It’s hard to imagine what this would taste like with some of these ingredients combined, like beets and pineapple. but I bet it’s remarkable. I need to try this out sometime.

  2. noemi

    my kids like it a lot. it’s a salad that is on the sweet side.

  3. philippine country girl

    im really fond of making salads and this recipe seems to be very mysterious. il try to make one and hope my kids will love it.

  4. Malou

    Hi. Thanks for sharing.
    Russians and Aunties.
    Each time I hear ” Russian Salad” I always remember my Aunt who’s been residing in the US all her life. I bet you remember your Aunt too. One thing we have in common. I learned how to prepare this salad when a time my aunt got back home from the states. I agree, a potato salad turned Russian salad when there’s sugar beets.
    We always have this salad on the table on each occasion. It’s the Best!
    BTW, you might want to try putting a certain amount of minced onion, but of course it depends on how you like it.

  5. noemi

    thanks for the minced onion tip!

  6. lowellpendon

    Thanks for sharing here another wonderful delicacies. My son happens to be studying HRM and planning to go into culinary arts and he found this site of much interest to him when it comes to cooking.
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  7. Runway2Reality

    this is my mom’s staple for Christmas. I love this.
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  8. judy

    thanx ms. noemi for sharing your recipies, i’m not a good cook to my family but still i’m trying to be one. Luckily, i got your site, and youre such a big help to me. i tried your max chicken, tapa and leche flan, for them i am now a good cook. and now that xmas is just a few days away, i will try to prepare your russian salad, i hope they will like it too.

    Advance Merry Christmas, more power to you and may you be blessed always for your kindness.


  9. nicejob

    I’m not russian but the way we eat it, the recipe is basically the same but it seems the red colored version always features herring instead of ham. So for us the typical “russian salad” is just called potato salad, while the red colored with herring is rosolje. There is something about beets with herring that just works…

  10. josie solis perez

    my mother’s all-time-favorite salad. hindi nawawala sa hapag kainan especially christmas day ­čÖé

  11. erlinda garcia valiente

    i know this recipe but i don’t know the name its russian salad i put also minced onion

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