When I was much younger (about 50+ years younger) my mother used to dish up 'salad' which consisted of a tin of baked beans (with sauce), a tin of peas (drained) and a tin of carrots (sliced, drained), all mixed up in a bowl. Before boaking, please remember that this was in the days when spam was still sold and eaten - in fact, spam would have provided the 'meat' for this meal, with a few left-over potatoes and the 'salad' (which actually tastes lovely with salad cream.... no mayonnaise in those days). Anyway, whilst having a conversation with someone of the same age-group about this they said that their mother dished up exactly the same 'salad' mix, and called it 'Russian Salad', so it wouldn't have been just my mother's idea. Further reflection on this brought the suggestion that, as it wasn't that long after the end of the war, might this 'Russian salad' actually have been called 'Ration Salad', and come from a time when fresh food was less available than canned? I'd love to hear from anyone else who knew of or even ate this 'salad', with any more information on the name and/or origin.