If there is one traditional dish that makes every Russian smile, it has to be Салат "Оливье" or Salad Olivier in English. Yes, this mayo heavy potato salad is joy in a bowl to the Russian soul. Every family has its own little twist on the recipe, which is passed from generation to generation.
This salad is typically served for New Year’s celebrations, but also makes frequent appearances on birthdays and other holidays. Anytime there is something to celebrate, you can bring out the Olivier!
We’ve tried dozens of recipes over the years. Experimented with lots of techniques, and can safely say that this recipe right here is the Ultimate Traditional Салат "Оливье", that you can bookmark and enjoy with your friends and family and know that this is as good as it gets 😊
We have added some helpful hints throughout if you would like to make some substitutions and included is a demonstration video of the techniques used to assemble this fabulous salad.
So, from our family to yours “Приятного аппетита!”
Салат "Оливье" Ultimate Recipe
1 pound of ham (or other cooked meat pref. not overly smoked)
3 medium potatoes (Yukon gold works best)
4 medium carrots.
1 can sweet peas
5 hard-boiled eggs
5 medium sized pickles
1 cup mayo
3-4 sprigs of fresh dill
Salt and Pepper (to taste)
As you can see, these ingredients are quite common, and are pantry staples for most people, so you shouldn’t have much trouble getting all the things you need.
A few suggestions:
Some Tips and Tricks!
The great thing about Russian and Ukrainian cooking is that there is lots of flexibility with the recipes! The version we present is a very authentic traditional recipe, tried and tested, but feel free to improvise. Some additions that work well in this recipe are using fresh cucumbers as well as the pickles for extra texture. You can also use several types of meats to make this more filling. Scallions and/or finely chopped raw onions bring more flavor and crunch. Enjoy!
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If you have never tried this salad, you’re in for a treat. The textures and layers of flavors all roll beautifully into each other, without a pronounced salty tangy goodness coming from the cured herring that’s complimented be the creaminess of mayo, sweetness of beets and carrots, fluffiness of the potatoes, and freshness of dill. It’s a complete Russian flavor explosion in the mouth and it’s freakin wonderful!