Mimosa salad

Mimosa salad (Russian: салат мимоза) is a festive salad whose main ingredients are cheese, eggs, canned fish, onion, and mayonnaise. Mimosa salad got its name because of its resemblance to mimosa flowers scattered on the snow. The similarity is achieved by crumbling and scattering boiled egg yolk on the surface. The salad's popularity in the USSR (and nowadays in the post-Soviet states) has led to the emergence of a wide variety of recipes.[1][2]

Mimosa salad
Region or stateSoviet Union
Associated cuisineRussia
Main ingredientsCanned fish, boiled eggs, grated cheese, onion, mayonnaise


A classic recipe is to layer ingredients, in a bowl, with mayonnaise in between the layers. Typical ingredients include:

  • Canned fish, drained, de-boned, mashed. Common sorts are salmon, pacific saury, mackerel, or trout;[3]
  • Hard cheese, finely crumbled, sprinkled;
  • Boiled egg whites, coarsely grated, sprinkled. Sometimes the egg yolks, without the whites, are used.[3] Sometimes entire hard boiled eggs are used.[4]
  • Boiled egg yolks, finely crumbled, sprinkled on top;
  • Onion, finely chopped, sprinkled;
  • Mayonnaise.

Further ingredients may include:

  • Butter, coarsely grated, frozen, sprinkled;
  • Boiled potatoes, coarsely grated, sprinkled;[3]
  • Boiled carrots, coarsely grated, sprinkled.

See also


  1. Marina Zdobnova (2013). My Olympic Sochi: Travel Guide. p. 150.
  2. "Classic Mimosa - Ukraine National Cuisine". Discover Ukraine. 2015.
  3. Barilla, A. (2014). Salads: Delicious Recipes for Italian Favorites. Taunton Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-62710-850-8.
  4. Association, A.H. (2002). American Heart Association Meals in Minutes Cookbook: Over 200 All-New Quick and Easy Low-Fat Recipes. American Heart Association Series. Clarkson Potter. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-609-80977-8.
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