Mushroom Salad With Garlic And Mayo is a recipe made with fresh cooked or canned mushrooms, dill, garlic and mayo. Perfect as appetizer, this salad can be served at any party during the year but is especially good around the holidays.
This Mushroom Salad With Garlic And Mayo is a delicious recipe, traditionally made in Romania for New Year’s Eve parties.
I grew up with this salad and forgot about it for a while. I am not sure why, because it is a delicious and super easy to make recipe.
It was and still is a traditional recipe that most families in Romania like to have for this event.
Most New Year’s Eve parties serve appetizers and finger foods that are easy to grab. My favorite way to serve food for New Year’s Eve was always buffet style.
When I was a young adult, living in Bucharest, I loved entertaining on the New Year’s Eve. Friends were coming over and parties lasted all night long.
Eating, drinking and dancing was a fun and great way to celebrate the beginning of a new year. Also Romanians have more official days off than Americans, therefore they have plenty of time to recover after celebrating all night.
Few notes about this Mushroom Salad With Garlic And Mayo:
Getting back to this salad, I have to say that you cannot get wrong with it. If you like mushrooms, you will enjoy the recipe.
Romanians love their garlic in a lot of foods. They also love dill. However, if you want to go lighter on garlic for different reasons, feel free to adjust the recipe to your own taste.
How to serve it:
Serve this recipe on thin sliced baguette or fresh baked bread, or just place the bowl on the table and allow your guests to help themselves.
If you are looking to cut on the calories or carbs, serve the salad on slices of red bell pepper.
What kind of mushrooms?
You can use any kind of mushrooms you like, fresh cooked or canned. I think the easiest and the most convenient way to do it is with canned mushrooms.
Champignons mushrooms or portobello work well for the recipe.
However, if you want to use fresh mushrooms, simmer them in salty water for 5-10 minutes until soft, then drain them really well and use them.
What about the other ingredients?
Use fresh garlic and adjust the amount for your own taste. If you don’t like garlic, replace it with red onion or green ones that you chop finely.
Dill is also used in the salad. Use fresh or dried, both are acceptable.
To tell you the truth, I always have dried dill in the pantry. I also preserve dill and other herbs in salt for the winter, as I like to have them available when it is too cold outside to go to the grocery store.
Dill is traditional for the recipe, but if you dislike it, go with parsley instead.
To make this delicious salad, just place all ingredients together in a bowl and combine them. Decorate with fresh dill leaves or parsley and serve cold.
Enjoy it and have a wonderful New Year’s Eve party, my friends! See you soon!
Few recipe ideas for the New Year’s Eve party:
- 2 cans of mushrooms(13.24oz each)
- 8oz/150 grams mayonnaise
- 2 clove garlic crushed
- 1 teaspoon fresh or dried dill
- Open the cans of mushrooms and drain all the liquid. Squeeze the mushrooms to remove the excess moisture.
- Chop and place the mushrooms into a medium bowl.
- Add crushed garlic, dill and mayo.
- Gently combine all ingredients together.
- Serve cold on slices of fresh baguette or other fresh bread.
If you use fresh mushrooms, place 1 pound mushrooms in salty water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5-7 minutes until mushrooms are soft. Remove, drain and use in the salad.
Instead of dill, you can use parsley.
Instead of garlic, use chopped green onion or red onion .
Also, in case you prefer salads with less mayo, you can replace half amount of mayo with sour cream.