Olivier Potato Salad (Салат Оливье) Recipe

Olivier Potato Salad is a classic, homemade Russian potato salad recipe that is easy to prepare. Every bite is a mixture of different ingredients, all chopped into small pieces to deliver that rich outburst of flavors.

What is Olivier Potato Salad (салат оливье)?

The Olivier Salad is a traditional Russian Potato Salad. It's very common on special holidays or gatherings. If you grew up in a traditional Russian home, you probably had this salad every Christmas.

Russian Olivier Salad is made with potatoes, carrots, pickles, eggs, sweet peas, onion and Bologna or Ham. It's seasoned with salt and pepper, while mayonnaise is used as dressing.

Tips for Making Russian Potato Salad

  • Optionally, you can replace canned peas for frozen peas and thaw them before adding to the salad.
  • Add fresh cucumber for additional crunch in the salad.
  • Cook all vegetables ahead of time to give them enough time to cool to room temperature.
  • For a quicker process, use a Vegetable Chopper. This chopper will allow for evenly sized cubes. 
  • Apply mayonnaise to the salad only before serving.

Other Traditional Russian Salads to Try

Serving size:
    • 5
    • medium Dill Pickles
    • 2
    • large Yellow Potatoes
    • 3
    • large Carrots
    • 12 ounces
    • Canned Sweet Peas; rinse and drain
    • Salt and Pepper; to taste
    • Dill; optional
40 min
35 min
Ready in
1 hr 15 min


Cook carrots and potatoes in boiled water for about 20-30 minutes, until they fully cooked through. Boil eggs for 11 minutes. Set all ingredients aside to cool to a room temperature.
Dice vegetables, Bologna and eggs into one inch cubes.
Mix to combine all ingredients together.
Add mayonnaise to the salad ingredients, stir to dress the salad. Season with salt, pepper and dill.
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