Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad)

This Olivier Salad (Russian Potato Salad) recipe is such a unique recipe. It’s a traditional dish in the Russian cuisine and served in most restaurants and parties. This salad is commonly known as the Russian Salad, or Olivye in the Ukrainian community.

Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad) with spoon.

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Sharing the recipe for the traditional Russian Potato Salad also known as Olivier Salad (Olivye) and in our times referred to as Russian Salad.

Olivier Salad usually has peas, potatoes, carrots, onions, meat, pickles, and eggs all mixed with mayo. The meat used is either bologna, chicken or ham.


The potatoes, eggs and carrots are cooked by boiling with skin on in water, then peeled.

PERFECT CUBES: Use this slicer to get the perfect sized even pieces, every time. You’re welcome.

What is Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad).

When to serve Olivier Salad (Olivye)?

Olivier salad is popular around the traditional holidays of New Year’s, Christmas and Easter.

It is also a salad served at most parties and family get-togethers in the Russian/Ukraine communities. Those of us that live in the United States and are slowly adjusting to more Americanized food, don’t serve this salad as often as our parents did.

This salad will keep well for days in the refrigerator. You can either mix everything and add the mayo at once or just add mayo to the salad fresh when serving.

Close up picture of Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad).

Tips to make Russian Potato Salad

Cooking the vegetables.

Cook the potatoes and carrots together. Check readiness of the potatoes and carrots with a knife, it should piece through the center easily. Cooking them the night before is a great idea, once cooked just refrigerate (skin on).

If preparing this salad the day before, it’s best to add the pickles to a sieve so any extra juices drain overnight. If you’ll be enjoying the salad immediately, pat pickles dry with a few paper towels. The extra pickle juices give it a watery taste.

What meat can I use?

You can use cooked chicken, ham or bologna for the recipe. If purchasing bologna in the deli department, ask for a low-sodium bologna. It makes a huge different. You can also ask them to cut the slices thicker so they are cubed evenly.

How to prepare Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad).

A twist on Olivye Salad:

I like to add new twists to traditional recipes. My biggest favorite addition I added to this salad is fresh cucumbers and using fresh peas instead of canned, (fresh frozen peas, thawed). The crunchiness of the fresh cucumbers gives it so much flavor. The canned peas are so soggy and taste mushy, using fresh peas take the salad to a new level. You’ll never want to go back to canned peas again.

Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad) in a bowl.

Our tradition with Olivier Salad:

So we have this tradition with Olivier Salad (Olivye salat) my mom started. If we serve Olivye, we must serve stuffed cabbage rolls as well (recipe here). Which means, if we ever have Russian stuffed cabbage rolls, we always serve Olivye. It may sound silly to you, but it’s a tradition in our family and we are faithful, lol.

Do you have any neat family traditions?

Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad)
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr

This Olivier Salad (Russian Potato Salad) recipe is a great recipe. It’s a traditional dish in the Russian cuisine and served in most restaurants and parties. This salad is commonly known as the Russian salad and Olivye in the Ukrainian community.

Course: Salad
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 301 kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner
  • 3/4 lb meat, cubed
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • 3 carrots, cubed
  • 6 eggs, cubed
  • 3 pickles, cubed
  • 1 sweet onion, cubed
  • 1 cup frozen fresh peas
  • 1/2 English cucumber (2 small cuces), cubed
  • 1 cup mayo
  • dill to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  1. In a large pot, add potatoes and carrots. Cover completely with water. Bring to a boil and cook about 20-25 minutes or until a knife pierces through easily. (Don’t overcook. Remove carrots and potatoes from water, set aside to cool.)

  2. In a small pot add eggs, cover eggs will water and bring to a boil cook. Cook eggs 8-10 minutes. 

  3. Cube all of the ingredients. 

  4. Combine everything, mix. Add mayo to taste. You may need a little more than 1 cup, depending on sizes of your ingredients. 

  5. Season with salt, pepper and sugar. Add fresh dill, mix. 

Nutrition Facts
Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 129mg 43%
Sodium 412mg 17%
Potassium 604mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 4g
Protein 13g 26%
Vitamin A 67.7%
Vitamin C 20.3%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 17.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls– A must try.

Russian Bread– So easy to make with wonderful results.

Note: This is an updated old post. The images needed updating desperately, lol. 🙂

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Show 5 Comments
  • Mia S 08/31/2014, 4:11 am

    Haven’t tried making olivye with frozen peas yet. Will try it next time.

    • admin 08/31/2014, 9:58 am

      I too use to always use canned. After trying fresh frozen will never go back to canned. Give me your feedback which you prefer..:)

      • Mia S 09/03/2014, 7:04 pm

        Yes I will after I try it 🙂

  • Masha 04/10/2014, 8:25 am

    No wonder every time I made this salad it was so soggy. We just always chop and add every together. I let it drain a bit and you are right. There was so much that came out. Definitely always going to do this. Also, we never did fresh peas or onion either. Makes a huge difference So glad I tried your way. My family loved it. Thank you for all the tips.

    • admin 04/10/2014, 11:07 am

      Yup letting those ingredients drain for a day surely does help with the sogginess:). So glad you liked this version. When I first started this way I loved it too. Tastes so much better..;)