Olivye is a very popular salad in Russia. It is very traditional and festive and does take a while to make, so it is not for the every day menu.
A Russian writer Dmitri Glukhovski said that each of the ingredients in olivye are just the ingredients, and there is nothing special about them. However, olivye, as a sum of these ingredients, is a cultural symbol, and the string of memories that it brings to any Russian is longer than the Kremlin Wall.
Each person who was born in the USSR has some memory associated with this salad, whether it’s a special birthday, New Year’s Eve, 1st day of school, or any other holiday. Maybe someday you will have some special memories attached to it, too!
Cook time: 60 mins
Prep time: 30 mins
Total time: 1 h 30 min
1 large cucumber, peeled
2 large or 4 small potatoes, peeled and cooked
1 medium carrot, peeled and cooked
5 eggs, boiled
1 apple (optional)
1 lbs chicken, cooked
Dill, fresh to taste
Mayonaise, to taste
Salt, to taste
- Cut the cucumber in about 1/4 inch cubes. They have a lot of juice, so after cutting them, place them in a separate bowl, add salt, mix well, and put in the fridge. After cutting everything else, drain them well and add to the salad.
- Cut potatoes, carrot, eggs, onion, and apple (optional) in cubes, each about 1/4 inch. Mix together carefully, so as not to mush anything.
- Shred chicken, mix in the salad.
- Add dill, mayonnaise, and salt, to taste.
- Do not overcook your potatoes, otherwise they will be too soft and mushy.
- Make sure all the cooked ingredients are completely cooled before cutting and adding everything together.
- Use egg slicer to cut your eggs. Slice once, take it out, place it sideways, and slice again.
- Add mayonnaise to the salad right before serving.
- You can definitely use dry dill instead of fresh.
- There is something about the sweetness that the apple brings to the salad that makes it amazing!