Russian Salad Olivier

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Author Notes: As usually happens with gourmet recipes which become popularized, those of the salad's ingredients that were rare, expensive, seasonal, or difficult to prepare were gradually replaced with cheaper and more readily available foods, until it evolved into the dish we know today.
There are a few variations of the recipe.
Some are with Bologna instead of chicken, caned sweet peas, and even with green apples, and onion.
My version is what I learned from my Mom and other very good cooks in our family and friends. I
Kukla

Serves 10-12

  • • 1lb of roasted chicken breast (on the bone and with the skin on)
  • • 1cup fresh sweet peas blenched
  • • 3 middle size potatoes
  • • 3 middle size carrots diced into small cubes and blanched in lightly salted water
  • • 5 hard boiled eggs
  • • 5 middle size pickles ( kosher dill pickles in brine without vinegar, that is important)
  • • Salt & Ground black pepper
  • • 1 cup the best quality or homemade Mayonnaise
  • • 1 full teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  1. All the vegetables, eggs, pickles, and chicken breast should be diced into the same size small cubes about ¼-inch. Potatoes and chicken should be still worm; they will better absorb the Mayonnaise sauce.
  2. Salt and pepper the chicken breast, put on a baking sheet; pour a little olive oil over the skin, and rub it in. Roast in a preheated 350 degrees oven for about 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it rest and cool for 15 minutes, then remove skin and bones. Boil potatoes unpeeled until fork tender.
  3. Blanch the peas for 2 minutes in chicken broth, then diced carrots for about 8-10 minutes until al dente. Cook and peel the eggs, peel potatoes and I also always peel the pickles and squeeze-out gently the excess brine.
  4. When all the vegetables and chicken breast are ready and diced, transfer them to a large bowl, season with salt and pepper. Pour 1 tablespoon olive oil to moisten the ingredients, and separate them. Gently mix to combine.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together Mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice into a smooth sauce. Pour ¾ of the sauce over the salad, carefully mix-in, smooth out the top and spread the rest of the sauce. Garnish with chopped chives, fresh peas, and nicely cutout carrots. Now your Russian Salad Olivier is ready to be served!
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Flower-bee

15 days ago Droplet

Kukla, you peaked my interest. I didn't know that the salad evolved from another earlier version. Would love to learn more about its history. What was it composed of in the old Tsar-ist days?

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15 days ago Kukla

Hello Droplet!
I just emailed you an article, which I think will satisfy your interest.
Thanks for your comment. Hope you will try my version of this delicious salad.

Flower-bee

15 days ago Droplet

Thank you very much, Kukla! I didn't know the story, but it was interesting to learn. I do plan on making your salad this week, with homemade mustard and homemade mayonnaise :). Your Honey Walnut cake is wonderful!

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15 days ago Kukla

Homemade made mustard and mayonnaise will be very, very tasty in the salad Droplet! Thank you for admiring the Smetanik!!!