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Romanian Oriental Potato Salad

A versatile recipe, this Romanian Oriental Potato Salad is easy to make, healthy and very fulfilling. It could be a wonderful lunch or dinner for a meatless meal, suitable also for vegetarians.

Romanian Oriental Potato Salad - overhead picture

I have lots of memories about food while growing up. Most memories are related to my both grandmothers who were wonderful cooks. I like to think that I inherited the love of cooking and baking from them and I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to watch them work in the kitchen.

This recipe, though, is one of the recipes my mother used to make quite often. I don’t think there is a Romanian alive who doesn’t know about this salad.

It is very popular and made in every household for a quick lunch or dinner.

I am not even sure why is it called Oriental Salad and because I could not come up with any other better name, I will call it the same.

Romanian Oriental Potato Salad in a salad bowl

My mom used to make this recipe when she was tired and nothing more spectacular was cooked, or just at the end of the week, on Fridays, for example, as a lighter meal.

Potatoes were a staple all year round and a cheap way to feed the family, so we had lots of them. It was also a good way to have a meatless meal.

The oriental salad is a versatile recipe. Despite the fact that it is a traditional Romanian one, everyone has its own version of it, probably based on the ingredients people used to have available.

The basic salad consists on boiled potatoes, boiled eggs, onions, black olives and a vinaigrette made with a little bit of mustard, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, a little bit of sugar and a dash of vinegar. Some people might add chopped pickles or green olives.

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If you think, the Romanian potato salad is quite healthy, as it is not loaded with mayo. Satisfying and simple, this recipe has an A+ in my book! I hope you try it!

Interested in more recipes for potato salad? You can try this classic American one. Or maybe you are interested in this Spanish version, delicious and easy to make.

If you make the recipe, share it with the hashtag #thebossykitchen on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter so we can all see what you’re cooking!

Yield: 4 servings

Romanian Oriental Potato Salad

Romanian Oriental Potato Salad 1

Romanian traditional potato salad made with simple ingredients like boiled eggs, olives, onion and a vinaigrette.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 5-6 medium potatoes boiled with the skin on
  • 4 boiled eggs peeled
  • 1 large red onion(regular or 4-5 green onions work fine too) sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup black olives sliced or whole

For the Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 lemon juice(or 2 tablespoons vinegar-your preference)
  • 3-4 tablespoons vegetable oil(I used sunflower oil, but olive oil is fine too)
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Boil the potatoes with the skin on until the fork goes through them. Let them cool for few minutes, then peel and slice them thinly or in cubes.
  2. Boil the eggs, peel and slice them thinly as well.
  3. In a large salad bowl, place the potatoes, eggs, olives and sliced onion.
  4. Separately, make a vinaigrette by mixing together mustard, oil, salt and pepper, sugar or honey and a little bit of water.
  5. Pour the vinaigrette over the salad and toss gently to preserve the shape of the potatoes and the eggs.
  6. Serve.The salad can last in the refrigerator, in an airtight container, for about 4 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 478Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 314mgCarbohydrates: 62gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 13g

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Friday 8th of November 2019

This looks awesome. Good to see you’re up and active again.

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