A bowl of potato salad.
A Traditional Dominican Potato Salad Contains Too Much Flavor Not To Try
By Andra Picincu
There are many variations of potato salad all across the globe. In the Dominican Republic, their veggie-filled version of the potato salad is called Ensalada rusa.
What sets it apart is the addition of carrots or beets, which gives it a slightly sweet flavor. It's usually served on special occasions, such as Christmas and family gatherings.
Some say it was invented in Russia in the 19th century, but its exact origins are unknown. Over the years, it became popular in France, Spain, and Latin America.
Most recipes call for potatoes, hard-boiled eggs, beets, onions, mayo, vinegar, and spices. You can also swap or add ingredients to experiment with new flavors.
Dominican potato salad is traditionally served alongside other dishes, such as pollo guisado (chicken stew), beans and rice, or roasted pork.
However, you can enjoy it as a standalone meal if you add other protein sources or incorporate it into pasta salads or sandwiches for a quick, filling meal.