Russian potato salad with bacon (Olivier salad)
This salad is creamy, refreshing and bursting with flavor. It’s a perfect salad to have as a starter, side dish or even as a filling for sandwiches. Just like borscht, pelmeni or crab stick salad, Olivier salad is a popular Russian dish. The classic Olivier salad doesn’t have any bacon in it, but I found that bacon really adds to the taste of the salad and makes it so flavorsome! I mean, who doesn’t like crispy bacon?!
My husband absolutely loves my version of the Russian Olivier salad, so I decided to share it with you guys! Of course you can decide to use tongue, bologna or ham instead of bacon. That will give you the classic Russian Olivier salad:)
A little background information:
Olivier salad, often called the Russian salad, was originally invented by Lucien Olivier for the Hermitage restaurant in Moscow in the 1860’s. It was later adapted by Ivan Ivanov, one of Olivier’s sous-chefs, who sold the recipe for media publication. Over the years, it gained popularity not only in Russia, but in many countries of the Former Soviet Union and Europe. In Russia, the salad has become one of the main dishes to serve during the New Year’s Eve celebrations.
- 3 pickled cucumber, finely chopped
- 320 gr potatoes (yellow), chopped 1- 1,5 cm cubes
- 240 gr carrot, finely chopped
- 3 eggs hard boiled, cut into little pieces
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 150 gr bacon, chopped
- 180 gr canned peas, drained
- 4 full tbsp mayonnaise (about 250 gr in total)
- 2 tbsp fresh dill + more to garnish
- Cook potatoes and carrots in boiling water till cooked through. Drain and allow to cool down.
- In the meantime, cook the bacon till crispy and set aside.
- In a big bowl, add all the ingredients and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- Sprinkle with fresh dill.
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