Potato Salad (Salad e Oliveh)

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Author Notes: I was inspired to dig up my recipe for this Iranian version of potato salad during a quest for cold meals. While there are several components, it's well worth the effort because it's so much more than a side dish—it's an entire meal. I like to serve it with warm flatbread or toasted baguette and a dandelion greens or arugula salad with a lemon vinaigrette. Because this has mayonnaise, pack it in a cooler if you are eating outdoors.sdebrango

Food52 Review: WHO: Sdebrango is an unstoppable 4-time contest winner and mashed potato whisperer.
WHAT: A potato salad to call "dinner."
HOW: Make mashed potatoes, then mix in some sliced cornichons, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and shredded chicken. In lieu of butter, add lemon juice, olive oil, and mayonnaise, then gently fold in green peas. Your delightfully starchy dinner is served.
WHY WE LOVE IT: At first glance we had our doubts, but then we recognized the brilliance of this simple potato salad. It's a three-for-one: It has creamy goodness from mashed potatoes, umami from chicken, and crisp brightness from tangy cornichons, lemon, and green peas. We don't want to bring you into our intra-office drama, but let's just say there was a battle for which lucky editor got to take the leftovers home.
The Editors

Serves 6 to 8

  • 6 to 8 potatoes (I like Yukon Gold. If the potatoes are large, use 6. If they're medium-small, use 8.)
  • 1 cup cornichons, chopped
  • 1 small chicken (baked or boiled and shredded; you could use leftover chicken too)
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 1 to 2 cups mayonnaise (homemade or store-bought)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup canned, fresh, or frozen baby peas
  • Bread of your choice, for serving. I like with either warmed flat bread or baguette drizzled with olive oil and toasted.
  • Lemon wedges
  • Chopped chives, for serving
  1. Peel potatoes and boil them whole, until they are fork tender but not falling apart. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Mash with a hand-held masher.
  2. Chop the cornichons. In a large bowl, mix the cornichons, shredded chicken, hard-boiled egg, and potatoes. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and 1 cup of mayonnaise. Add more mayonnaise according to your taste. Salt and pepper to taste. Then, add the peas, gently incorporating so you don't mash them.
  3. Refrigerate overnight. When you serve, heat your bread. Squeeze lemon and drizzle olive oil over the salad and garnish with chives. Scoop with the warm bread.

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3 months ago ariel a

I may or may not have squealed when I saw this! Salad e oliveh would always be a treat for me growing up. True to my Persian roots, the sour bits of Israeli pickles (which my mom would use instead of cornichons) were the main reason I could never get enough of this. Congratulations on the win, Suzanne, and thanks for introducing a great Persian recipe to the site!

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3 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Ariel, I always used regular sour pickles but really like the cornichon also. I love Persian food, I can safely say that it is my absolute favorite of all the cuisine. I was thrilled to bring this recipe to the site and and so glad that you like. Thank you!!

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3 months ago ariel a

You're so welcome! I can't wait to try your version.

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3 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

If you do give it a try I would love to know what you think.

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3 months ago CHERYL WISER

Congrats Suzanne-nice job and win!!! Your Florida Bud always, Cheryl

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3 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Cheryl, you are my best Bud in Fla!!

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3 months ago krusher

Fantastic that you won Suzanne! I cooked the recipe yesterday. It was excellent. Thank you.

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3 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Did you really, thank you so much and so happy you liked it, Thank you.

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3 months ago Julianna

Congrats Suzanne! You won! I was just logging in to vote for you and now I see that you have won! This salad is definitely going into my recipe stash! I can't wait to try it out!

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3 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Julianna.

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3 months ago Sue O'Bryan

here I am again, now I'm congratulating you in the proper venue. This website is almost overwhelming, do you feel? So much good stuff to sniff and smell and look at! My mom would love this potato salad because she loves cornichons and green peas. Maybe if I made it she would put me out of the doghouse she put me in earlier this week :( Mothers & daughters . . . . . My favorite part of this recipe is #3 . . . drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and chives. That trinity improves anything.

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3 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hey Sue, thank you so much. Yes the website can be a bit overwhelming there is so much going on and all of it good stuff, great food and information. I also love the olive oil drizzle and a gnerous lemon squeeze of course the chives too. Thank you again.

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3 months ago Cristina Sciarra

"Sdebrango is an unstoppable 4-time contest winner and mashed potato whisperer" !!! Pretty great credentials :) Can't wait to try this potato salad!

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3 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I think I will have mashed potato whisperer carved on my tombstone. LOL, Thanks Cristina, hope I can live up to it!!!

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4 months ago bonheurcuisine

You are the best, my friend!!

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4 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Viviana.

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4 months ago CHERYL WISER

You Rock Suzanne!!! Your Florida Bud always, Cheryl

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4 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hi Cheryl!! thank you.You are my best bud in Florida.

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4 months ago aargersi

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Yay Suzanne! Mashed potato whisperer indeed! Just in time for memorial day

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4 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Mashed potato whisperer, LOL, thanks Abbie,truly honored and shocked and excited.

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4 months ago Madhuja

Congratulations on being a finalist! You are on fire!! :)

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4 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks so much Madhuja!

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4 months ago Jenny Goycochea

Congratulations on also making it to the finals (though it seems like you are quite the seasoned competitor!)! I am looking forward to trying this salad as I LOVE POTATO salad and love the simplicity of this one!

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4 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Jenny, I have been lucky, food52 and the great cooks inspires me. I love your noodle salad also, it's a must try for me. Thank you.

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4 months ago QueenSashy

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I love this salad, reminds me of a salad my mom used to make -- homey and comforting, a tiny, warm blanket of salad love...

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4 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Aleksandra. This is really a delicious meal, great for a picnic.

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4 months ago Kukla

I am very glad to congratulate you Suzanne ones again; now for your recipe being chosen as a finalist! Good luck!

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4 months ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

OMG Kukla I am shocked thank you so much. I really am blown away.

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about 3 years ago Kukla

Congratulations, Suzanne on your Community Pick! Your recipe is a nice variation on a classic dish.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Kukla, it is very similar to one you make and submitted for a contest. It's amazing how variations of dishes appear in so many different cultures.

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Yep, I missed this one too but LOVE the sounds of it. Saved!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Emily, I have missed so many recipes too! If you make it I hope you like!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Perfect picnic fare, Suzanne...and delicious, too! Somehow missed this the first time around.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thanks Linda, I have missed so many recipes and wonder how that happened. It really is a delicious salad and yes, perfect for a picnic. I used to heat the bread on the grill and serve warm with the salad.

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about 3 years ago creamtea

Yum! Love anything Persian (I visited Iran in the '70's). This sounds delightful.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much, I do too! It's hands down my favorite food. It must have been wonderful in Iran in the 70's, how lucky!

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about 3 years ago nzle

I LOOOOOOVE salad olivieh! This recipe is a classic.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Thank you so much Nozlee, I was a little afraid to enter this since your Mom is a pro Persian cook. I did learn many Iranian dishes and this is one of my all time favorites.

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about 3 years ago nzle

I LOOOOOOVE salad olivieh! This recipe is a classic.

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about 4 years ago wssmom

Sounds yummy not only for a picnic but inside the kitchen on a rainy night!

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about 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Its pouring rain right now it would be good on a rainy night. Thank you!