Olivier salad: simple salad recipe you will love Recipe

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This is a traditional recipe for the parties and holidays in Slavic countries. No one knows where it came to former Soviet countries from,(we were a huge country with closed borders for decades), but this was the main salad of every celebration in almost every family for decades.

I cook this salad very rarely and mainly in autumn and winter, as I consider this salad too conservative and even boring to cook it very often. I always experiment with the ingredients as it’s always good to have a different taste of the same well known dish.

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Servings: 4 people


Cost per serving $0.37 view details
  • For the salad you will need:
  • 2-3 medium potatoes boiled
  • 1-2 eggs hard boiled
  • 1 medium carrot boiled
  • 7-8 cornichons
  • 2-3 tablespoons of pickled peppers (optional)
  • 3-4 sausages or a cup of chopped ham or chicken breast
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 pinch of black pepper
  • 2-3 tablespoons of canned peas
  • 3 tablespoons of mayo (light)


  1. Step 1: wash and boil the potato and carrot. Boil for 20 minutes of until cooked i.e. soft. Boil an egg until cooked.
  2. Step 2: Peel a potato and a carrot. Shell an egg(s)
  3. Step 3 : Chop in small chunks potato, carrot, sausage (or any meat you plan to incorporate in a dish), egg. Finely chop the onion (1/4 of it)
  4. Chop cornichons and pickled pepper, mix everything.
  5. Step 4: Add salt,pepper and canned peas. Dress with mayo , you can add some dill you you like.
  6. Serve cold.
  7. ***Tip from Helen*** The meat may also be substituted with mushrooms. canned in water or fried mushrooms, the taste will be different. Pickled peppers aren’t a must.For dressing you may combine mayo and sour cream or mayo and ranch dressing. Don’t make the dressing too sour though.***


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 145g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 168  
Calories from Fat 79 47%
Total Fat 8.92g 11%
Saturated Fat 1.26g 5%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 133mg 6%
Potassium 493mg 14%
Total Carbs 20.54g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 10%
Sugars 2.14g 1%
Protein 2.56g 4%
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