This tasty Russian Olivier Salad is one of my favorite salads ever. We had it probably every celebration possible.
All my life I called this as a “Russian Salad”, and I think worldwide it is referred and known as Russian salad.
However, try telling a Russian “I love Russian salad”, and they will look at you with a confused expression.
Somehow, when I talk to people, food always comes as a topic, I must say, a very important topic and we find ourselves relate just a bit more than before.
It is funny, but I found out the real name after I came to the US and met several Russian families.
You can imagine me explaining about Russian salad, not trying language to be the barrier. I used 3 languages until we figure out what I was talking about Olivier salad.
The Russian language is similar to my native, but many words have a different meaning, so it’s not as easy as it seems.
When I write in Cyrillic script, the first question is always “You write Russian?!”
The fact is that Cyrillic script, the alphabetic writing system is used across Eastern Europe, North and Central Asian countries.
I actually love writing in Cyrillic. Both were actually taught in school. Even though I don’t have a chance to write it as often I would love that my kids learn it, too.
Sorry peeps… I went from one topic to another and if you follow me, you know that I do that often. I can’t help it! An idea pops into my head, an idea that I would like to share and BAM… I go into a whole other world.
Anyhow, let me stick to food. You have no idea how much I love this salad; It’s one of those dishes that when it’s in front of me I cannot stop at one spoon or two. It’s a total comfort to me, so many memories.
As I said before, there were no celebrations, birthdays, or gatherings that we didn’t serve it along with a table full of other comfort food.
New Year Eve was not complete without this salad, as well as cold pizza. After pulling an all-nighter, dancing, drinking it was hitting the spot type of early morning food!
If you eat portion size and use mayo dressing or mayo light you can cut calories and still enjoy this delicious salad at least once in a while. I just love mayo and everything in this salad so I do not skip on anything.
If you are not eating eggs, by all means, skip them, but they are part of the salad, although it does not taste half bad without it.
You can use canned or frozen veggies, however, I used fresh and cooked everything myself.
But if you are in a hurry, and have some cans in a pantry or in the freezer this salad could be done in a matter of 15 minutes, maybe less if you are not using eggs.
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This tasty Russian Olivier Salad is one of my favorite salads ever. We had it probably every celebration possible. It's so easy and al the ingredients pretty approachable.
- 1 1/2 cups peas
- 2 Large carrots sliced/or cubed
- 2 Large potatoes, about 1 lb
- 8 pickles/Kosher Dill
- 1/2 pound Hickory Smoked Ham, cubed
- 5 boiled eggs
- 1 cup of corn (optional)
- 1 Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- Cook until tender: peas, carrots, corn, and potatoes. Boil eggs (hard-boiled eggs) You may use canned if you prefer.
- Dice ham into small cubes, slice pickles, and place in a large bowl; set aside.
- When vegetables are tender and still hold the shape and color, drain and let them cool for 10 minutes. Slice carrots and cube potatoes (peeled), and mix everything with ham and pickles
- Add a pinch of salt, add black pepper and gently fold with a large spatula or spoon.
- Add yellow mustard and Mayonnaise once vegetables are cooled down enough. Lightly stir, using tossing motion, but try to coat all the ingredients.
- Place it in an airtight container and in the fridge for at least 1h before serving.
- It can stay in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container. Serve it cold!
you may use cooked chicken instead of ham.
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