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Ensaladilla Russa (Russian Salad)

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“SPANISH TAPAS RECIPE: This tasca (tapas bar) recipe is similar to a Russian Salad served in Greece so you wonder how the Russians ended up in Spain. Probably dates from the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39 when a lot of Russians were helping prop up Francisco Franco.”

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  1. Using an electric beater, combine egg yolks, mustard and 1/4 tsp salt until creamy. Slowly add the oil in a fine stream, beating constantly until all the oil has been incorporated into the mayonnaise. Add the lemon juice, garlic, and 1 tsp boiling water and beat until well combined (about 1 minute). Chill.
  2. Rinse the potatoes, cover with salted water and bring to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes or until the potatoes can easily be poked with a fork. Drain and allow to cool. When cool, dice into 1/2 inch cubes.
  3. Blanch the beans, carrots and peas in boiling salted water until al dente. Shock in cold water then drain completely. Cut each artichoke heart into quarters.
  4. Mix vegetables in a large bowl with capers, anchovies, and sliced olives. Add the mayonnaise and toss to combine. Season to taste. Plate and garnish with whole olives.

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