Russian Salad (also known as Olivier Salad)

  • Servings: 4 or more

This salad was initially invented by a French chef whose name was Olivier and who owned a restaurant, in Moscow, in the 19th century.

There has been many variations since that time and the original recipe, popular in Russia, includes eggs, vegetables and meat (such as ham, or bologna sausage).

My recipe is a vegetarian version.


  • 2 large potatoes, boiled whole
  • 2 or 3 big carrots, boiled whole
  • 1 big handful of green peas, cooked beforehand
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 medium onion and/or 3 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium size pickled cucumbers
  • 1 heaped tbsp of finely chopped dill
  • 3 tbsp of good quality mayonnaise, or to taste
  • 2 tbsp of sour cream (optional)
  • Black pepper and salt, to taste


Step 1

Peel the potatoes, the carrots and the eggs. Dice them, with the pickled cucumbers, into roughly same size cubes. Put them in a bowl then add the green peas.

Step 2

Chop the onions and the dill. Add to the bowl together with the mayonnaise and sour cream (optional).Mix everything and season with black pepper and salt.

Step 3

Refrigerate, until ready to eat.

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