Finnish Mushroom Salad with Sour Cream, Sienisalaatti

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In Finland, salad can mean many things, from the usual green salad to this one with sour cream, and even lettuce.

Lohisalaatti = salmon salad, which is often a green salad with grilled salmon on top, is also lohisalaatti when it is dressed with sour cream. Sienisalaatti = Mushroom Salad is usually made with sour cream and is called lohisalaatti.
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Grilled salmon on lettuce is salmon salad, lohisalaatti. Also, smoked salmon with sour cream is salmon salad in Finland. Goes well with bread.

Sienisalaatti is made from canned mushrooms that have been boiled and soaked in salted water.

However, I don’t like these canned mushrooms because they need to be salted and the taste is not that good. Finland has a wide variety of mushrooms, but the season is quite short. These salted or dried mushrooms were probably used as a way to preserve them.
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Finnish Mushroom Salad with Sour Cream, Sienisalaatti

Sienisalaatti, or mushroom salad in Finland, is a salad of mushrooms and sour cream. It is served on bread or crackers.
Prep Time 0 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Keyword Side, Salad
Servings 4 people
INGREDIENTS
  • frozen mushrooms (recipe, *1) 100 g
  • fresh mushrooms (or eringi, shimeji, *1) 100 g
  • onion 50 g
  • sour cream 50 g
  • mayonnaise 20 g
  • mushroom extract (from frozen mushrooms) 1 tsp
  • lemon juice 1 tsp
  • salt and pepper
INSTRUCTIONS
NOTES
In Finland, we use canned mushrooms that have been soaked in brine. Other mushrooms such as cantarella and herkkutatti (porcini) are used. I think Japanese eringi and shimeji mushrooms go well with this dish because they are close in texture and the flavor is not too strong. If you use at least half of the mushrooms, it will be closer to the Finnish taste.
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