How to make the best boeuf salad

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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!

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/meat….you 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.

This salad is normally served with some french bread and can be a meal in itself. You can also serve it as an appetizer….it is fun to make individual servings. Hope you enjoy…

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