Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad)

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

Other traditional Russian/Ukrainian recipes to try are the Borscht and Pelmeni (meat dumplings).

Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad) with spoon.

What is Olivier Salad?

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.

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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, but still considered a treat for parties.

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).

NOTE: The secret to the BEST olivye is allowing the cubed pickles to drain overnight in a sieve or squeezing out all the juices if in a hurry (just add the pickles to a few paper towels and squeeze). This way the juices from the pickles don’t overpower the flavors of the remaining ingredients and add sogginess to the salad.

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 low-sodium bologna. It makes a huge difference. 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). This 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.

Other Traditional Russian Recipes to Try:

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Olivier Salad Recipe (Russian Potato Salad)

This Olivier Salad (Russian Potato Salad) recipe is 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.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: olivier salad
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Valentina's Corner


  • 3/4 lb meat, cubed
  • 3 potatoes, cooked and cubed
  • 3 carrots, cooked and cubed
  • 6 eggs, cooked and cubed
  • 3 dill 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, optional


  • 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).
  • In a small pot, add eggs, cover eggs will water and bring to a boil cook. Cook eggs 8-10 minutes. 
  • Cube all of the ingredients. 
  • Combine everything, mix. Add mayo to taste. You may need a little more than 1 cup, depending on sizes of your ingredients. 
  • 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*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 129mg43%
Sodium 412mg18%
Potassium 604mg17%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 3385IU68%
Vitamin C 16.7mg20%
Calcium 64mg6%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Show 15 Comments
  • sam 12/23/2019, 12:28 pm Link Reply

    you don’t say what kind of pickles! what kind are they?

    • Valentina's Corner 12/23/2019, 12:50 pm Link Reply

      You can use your favorite dill pickles in this recipe.

  • Trisha Makarov 12/07/2019, 8:04 am Link Reply

    We love this salad! Thank you for sharing! As per your tip, we’ve also ordered the slicer (through your website) to help with all the chopping and dicing.

    • Valentina's Corner 12/07/2019, 4:12 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Trisha! Thanks for trying our recipe and for the purchase, so nice of you!

  • viky 12/03/2019, 8:50 pm Link Reply

    i make it on holidays and its the best thing ever

    • Valentina's Corner 12/03/2019, 9:10 pm Link Reply

      That’s wonderful, Viky. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Catherine Pasquinucci 12/02/2019, 9:22 pm Link Reply

    I’m not a fan of can peas either but I found draining them and then freezing them makes a huge difference! Can’t wait to try this recipe out.

    • Valentina's Corner 12/02/2019, 11:55 pm Link Reply

      That’s interesting, Catherine. Oh do try the salad with fresh frozen peas sometimes, it totally changes the taste of the salad.

  • Nidhi 11/29/2019, 12:07 am Link Reply

    What about meat? Which meat is best to use and how shall I cook it before adding in the salad.

    • Valentina's Corner 11/29/2019, 4:06 pm Link Reply

      As mentioned in the post any bologna from the deli would work or even ham. I hope you enjoy the salad, Nidhi.

  • Mia S 08/31/2014, 4:11 am Link Reply

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

    • admin 08/31/2014, 9:58 am Link Reply

      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 Link

        Yes I will after I try it 🙂

  • Masha 04/10/2014, 8:25 am Link Reply

    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 Link Reply

      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..;)

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