Saturday, March 8, 2014
Russian Olivier Salad
Russian Olivier salad is a traditional salad in Russia and former USSR to serve on a special occasion like a birthday party or New Year's celebration. This year I made it for my husband's birthday.
The ingredients list is very basic: potatoes, carrots, peas and others. Dressing is the Mayonnaise. As with many other Russian dishes this salad has a great taste but needs work in presentation. Making something smothered in mayonnaise look sexy is a challenge. I also use ham instead of usual bologna, which I believe changes the name to stolichniy. My approach is cutting ingredients into small enough pieces so that every bite has most of them and using a round dish to arrange the salad on an individual plate with fresh parsley (shown above).
Here is the recipe I use. But most Russians eyeball the proportions of the ingredients depending on their taste and what they have in the fridge.
3 medium yukon gold potatoes, boiled and cooled
3 eggs, boiled and cooled
5-6 small carrots, boiled and cooled
1 can (15.25 oz) of sweet peas, drained
6 small pickles
1 medium apple
1/4 of ham
2/3 cup of mayonnaise
Salt and pepper
Fresh parsley for garnish
Peel all the vegetables and apple. Remove the egg shell. Chop potatoes, eggs, carrots, pickles, ham, apple into small cubes (about 1/3-1/2 of an inch). Pickles and apple can be cut into even smaller cubes. Combine cubed ingredients with peas in a large bowl and mix with mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste. Keep salad in a fridge and serve cold with some fresh parsley on top.