Have you heard of the authentic Polish potato salad? It’s a dish you can find in every home in Poland during any kind of celebration: from Christmas to birthdays, and name days (yes, we celebrate them in Poland!).
Polish vegetable salad is super easy to make and it tastes amazing. All you need is a few veggies, eggs, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper.
Why Polish Potato Salad Is So Popular?
One of the reasons why salatka jarzynowa recipe is well-known by every Polish housewife is that the veggies that you use to cook rosol (Polish chicken soup broth) are almost the same as in the Polish salad.
- celery root
- parsley root
When Polish housewives had these veggies left, they needed to find a way to do something with them. They figured that all they should do is to boil some potatoes and eggs, add ogorek kiszony (fermented cucumber), peas, mayonnaise, and the delicious breakfast for the next day is ready!
Did Polish Veggie Salad Really Originate In Poland?
The book Echoes of old Warsaw: In a kettle of flavors + 100 old recipes by Karolina Głowacka has a recipe for the Salatka jarzynowa.
We call it a traditional Polish Christmas salad, and it is a must-have at the Polish Christmas table. But despite being popular since the Polish People’s Republic, Polish veggie salad did not originate in Poland.
It actually originated in Moscow at the Hermitage Restaurant in the 1860s. Invented by the Belgian chef Lucien Olivier, the salad became extremely popular and was soon called Olivier’s salad.
The original salad contained veal tongue, grouse, crayfish tails, lettuce, caviar, smoked duck, capers, and the popular Olivier dressing made from French wine vinegar, olive oil, and mustard.
As the salad gained popularity among the middle classes too, the expensive ingredients were replaced by cheaper foods – cucumbers, potatoes, capers, and more.
Now, almost every country has a version of the Oliver salad. The modern salad is popular as a Polish Christmas salad and as a salad for family celebrations.
How To Serve Polish Potato Salad?
Traditionally, Polish style potato salad is served cold.
You can have it with meat (such as kielbasa) or bread. Even though it may be used as an add-on for the dinner, it’s not really recommended. The salad should be cold, as well as all the other ingredients of the meal.
Tips For Making Polish Potato Salad
- The finer you dice the ingredients, the better.
- This Polish potato salad tastes best cold!
- You can make the salad a few hours in advance and refrigerate!
- If you cannot find celery root, you can skip it.
- Add more apples or a tablespoon of honey if you want it sweeter.
- Add more dill pickles or a tablespoon of mustard if you want it tangier.
- Serve with Polish sourdough bread!
- If you’re looking for a simpler salad to make in a hurry, try this Groszek z Marchewką.
FAQs About The Salatka Jarzynowa
What Variations Of Polish Vegetable Salad Can I Make?
Depending on the recipe, you can either add an apple or not. It makes the salad sweeter. I don’t really like Polish salad with an apple but my mom loves it.
If you don’t have a traditional Polish ogorek kiszony, you can replace it with pickles. I wouldn’t recommend adding apple in that case, as the salad will be too sweet.
What Is The Polish Celery Root Salad Called In Other Countries?
This Polish celery root salad has different names in different countries that vary based on the ingredients or region. Here are a few of them.
Sallatë Ruse – Albania
Ruska Salata – Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and North Macedonia
Francuska Salata – Croatia
Bramborový Salát – Czechia
Italian Salad – Denmark, Norway, Iceland
ρώσικη σαλάτα (Rossiki Salata) – Greece
Insalata Russa – Italy
Salada Russa – Portugal
Olivier Salad and Stolichny Salad -Russia
Olivier Salad – Iran, Persia, India
Capital Salad – Mongolia
Russian Salad – Serbia
Francoska Solata – Slovenia
Ensaladilla Rusa – Spain
Ensalada Rusa – Latin American countries
Rus Salatası – Turkey
Do I Have To Use Canned Peas?
No, you don’t have to use canned peas. You can use fresh peas if you want to. Just remember to boil them before use.
Can I Make The Polish Potato Salad Vegan?
Yes, to make the potato salad vegan or vegetarian, do not add boiled eggs to the salad. You also need to replace the mayo with eggless mayonnaise made using vegan ingredients such as soy or chickpea broth.
Is It Possible To Store Leftover Salatka Jarzynowa?
Yes, you can put the leftover Polish vegetable salad in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Serve straight from the refrigerator!
Do not freeze leftover potato salad as the texture will change.
How To Make Polish Potato Salad?
- 3 potatoes
- 2 parsley roots
- 4 carrots
- 1 celery root
- 1 onion or white part of the leek
- 4 big fermented cucumbers (ogorek kiszony)
- 1 can of the sweet peas
- 1 apple (optional)
- 6 boiled eggs
- 10 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper
- Peel celery root, carrot, potatoes, and parsley roots.
- Boil them until they are soft.
- Boil the eggs.
- Chop finely all the ingredients.
- Add mayonnaise.
- Season the Polish salad with salt and pepper.
- Put the Polish salad to the fridge and eat when it's cold.
If you want the salad to be more healthy, you can use 5 tablespoons of mayonnaise and 5 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt.
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