Today I'm traveling back to my beloved Panama where this dish is a staple for every big celebration, Birthday Party , Carnavales or just any day of the week when you need a little cheer me up for your eyes and tummy. We called it Ensalada de Fiesta or Party Salad, and you soon will find our why!
I did a little research to see if this was a dish enjoyed only in my country, but to my surprise in another Latin country across the ocean we also find this dish, in France is known as Salade Russe! and you can find it anywhere there is a take out restaurants. It's usually mixed with carrots, peas and other vegetables. who would have thought!
No matter where you decide to have yours, Panama, France or in the comfort of your dinning room it's a tasty recipe you can't miss! Here are the ingredients:
Ensalada de Fiesta=Salade Russe
3 Medium Potatoes
3 Boiled Eggs
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/8 cup onions
1/2 cup Pink Mayonnaise*
10 ounces of canned beets cut into small cubes save the juice
Salt and Pepper to taste
Green Onions for Garnish
* Pink Mayonnaise is made by mixing it with as much beet juice as you want, depending on the intensity of the color you want at the end.
Cut your medium potatoes in half so they cook evenly and fast in about 15-20 minutes. Once they are cooked, chopped them into small cubes and set season it with salt and pepper to taste. My mom once told me the secret to a great salad was to cube the potatoes very small and everything else the same way. Big chunks are not a good way to save time if you want to have a tasty dish when it comes to salads. Then add your green veggies layer, the celery and onions. Add your beet cubes followed by your chopped boiled eggs. Finally top it all with your pink mayonnaise. Mix it all together, check seasoning and sit's ready to serve. It refrigerates well and will serve 4-6 people.
Tell me this doesn't look like a tropical party! And the taste fantastic, so fresh!
My grandma, Rest Her Soul, used to make the best Ensalada de Fiesta ever! I remember going to her house on Sundays just to eat this! and always coming back for seconds!
Perhaps because everything was chopped so tiny or maybe because it was Abuelita Marina and everything she made was special and oh, so good.
What she and my mom taught me was that everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love!