Russian Potato Salad (Салат Оливье)
Ultimate comfort-food-salad from my childhood. This classic homemade Russian potato salad recipe is very forgiving and you can easily customize it to your on taste.
Happy Christmas Eve, folks! We finally got some snow on the ground yesterday. And we’re going to have proper white Christmas! Woo-hoo! Just couple days ago, I was looking at bare trees and ground and worried that we will end up with brown Christmas this year. Nope, Mother Nature knows we need that snow now! And for that we are grateful.
We decided to have our Christmas dinner tonight, cuz my sis-in-law and her family are going to her in-laws tomorrow. I have lots of things to prep for tonight, so I will keep this post short.
Today, I wanted to share with you my version of classic Russian homemade potato salad recipe (Салат Оливье). You know, I practically grew up on this stuff. New Year’s Eve dinner is just not the same without good ol’ potato salad, tangerines and Champagne.
Filled with potatoes, carrots, pickles, peas, hard-boiled eggs and sausage, and dressed with mayo, this salad has “Comfort Food” written all over it. No, not your typical healthy kind of salad here. We’re talking comfort-food-salad!
Not that you need this, but as always here is the step-by-step photo directions. The beauty of this salad is that you can customize it to your own taste. Not a dill fan? Add parsley then. Want more mayo? Add more mayo. Sub red onion for the scallions. Use your favorite sausage, salami, or even cooked chicken. Choice is yours. I personally like to use summer sausage.
Unlike many other recipes state, I dice the potatoes and carrots first and then cook them. It’s a sticky mess to dice the cooked potatoes, I don’t like that. But it’s easy to overcook the cubed potatoes, and they tend to get mushy before we even get a chance to mix with other ingredients. One tip to prevent that problem is to add a half tablespoon of white vinegar in the water and not to overcook them. You’ll get perfectly cooked potato cubes that keep their shape without falling apart. Win-win! 🙂
Yep, this salad is a meal on its own. I usually make a huge batch, and enjoy bowlfull for several days. It keeps really well in the fridge. Actually, the longer it sits, the better it becomes. My absolute favorite salad!
Merry Christmas, my dear friends! May your home be filled with love, laughter and wonderful memories! Cheers!
Russian Potato Salad (Салат Оливье)
Comfort-food-salad from my childhood. This classic Russian homemade potato salad recipe is very forgiving and you can easily customize it to your on taste.
Yield: About 10 cups
- 4 medium potatoes (about 2lbs/900gr), washed and peeled, if desired
- 3 medium carrots (about 10oz/300gr), washed and peeled
- 1 tablespoon salt
- ½ tablespoon white vinegar
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 7oz (200gr) summer sausage
- 4oz (100gr) pickles
- 1 can (15oz) sweet peas, drained
- 1 teaspoon dill paste (or fresh dill)
- 4-5 green onions
- 1 cup mayo
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the potatoes and carrots into small uniform cubes.
- Place them in a large pot and fill with water. Add salt and vinegar. Bring the potatoes to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook until the potatoes are cooked through, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let it cool to room temperature.
- Cut the sausage and pickles into small cubes, and chop the green onions.
- Cut the hard-boiled eggs into small cubes as well. (I use this egg slicer.)
- If using fresh dill, chop them as well.
- In a large bowl, mix together potatoes, carrots, sausage, pickles, peas and green onions.
- Add mayo and dill and mix until well combined.
- Salt and pepper to taste. Cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
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