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Russian Salad (Olivier)

February 22nd, 2009 in Salads by
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Total cooking time: 2h
Russian Salad (Olivier)

Usually people outside of former-USSR call it Russian Salad, however its original name is Salad Olivier.

This salad was and maybe still is the most traditional dish for the home New Year celebration for Russian people, and some other family holidays also. Hope you will like it too.

Different cooks may use slightly different ingredients in the salad, and the taste will vary because of this.

This recipe describes Salad Olivier how it us being prepared in my family.

Ingredients:


How to make, step by step:

  1. Boil carrots and potatoes in advance and make sure they cool till room temperature when you start making the salad. Prepare hard boiled eggs in advance, let them to cool down to room temperature as well. Wash green onions and dill.
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 1
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 1
  2. Skin boiled potatoes and dice them into small cubes like it is shown on the photo below:
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 2
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 2
  3. Skin boiled carrots and dice them into the cubes of the same size you diced potatoes into:
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 3
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 3
  4. Put diced carrots and potatoes into big bowl:
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 4
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 4
  5. Open can with peas and remove liquid, add to the bowl:
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 5
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 5
  6. Peel eggs and dice them into the same size pieces as carrots and potatoes. Add the to the bowl:
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 6
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 6
  7. Dice bologna, add to the bowl:
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 7
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 7
  8. Dice pickled cucumbers. It is important to take cucumbers pickled with salt not with vinegar:
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 8
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 8
  9. Chop green onions and dill, add to the bowl:
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 9
    Russian Salad (Olivier) Recipe: Step 9
  10. Mix everything, season with ground black pepper and add salt if you feel it is needed. Add mayonnaise and mix everything again. Put salad to the bowl you want to serve it in. Your Russian Salad Olivier is ready to be served!
    Russian Salad (Olivier)
    Russian Salad (Olivier)

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I miss checking on your website for some time now. But I must say you present the dishes in the easiest way possible. I have taught my students a couple of recipes from your site.
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hi. i was introduced to this delicious salad in a Guatemalan restaurant here in Houston,TX. i tried a recipe last night but it not very delicious like the one i tasted before. i didn’t add apples either. my basic ingredients were peas, carrots, potatoes, celery and mayonnaise. my concern is, the mayo that i used is the Mexican version that already has lime in it. it is quite tasty but i believe that’s where my mistake was. also, i have eaten it with green beans or french beans instead of peas.

Oh I had plenty of Russian Salad growing up in Paris in the 50s!! I don’t think we had a lot of carrots in it but it had CAPERS!! And I make it with capers always. Capers are also in the original Chef Olivier composition, that’s what makes that special taste. I do make it now with carrots, peas and salted cucumbers (to remove the excess liquid) and eggs of course. And capers. My version is vegetarian. I think the original ahd grouse and some shellfish of some kind (or crawfish or crab), not sure. Either way this is a… Read more »
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