Russian Salad

Столичный салат, или Салат Оливье

Preparation info

  • 8 to 10

    Servings
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

A Taste of Russia

A Taste of Russia

By Darra Goldstein

Published 1983

  • About

This famous Russian salad is actually the brainchild of a French chef, Olivier, who caused a sensation in Moscow in the 1860s when he concocted a salad of cooked chicken and potatoes masked with mayonnaise. For many years the matrons of Moscow society vied with one another to hire Olivier as chef for their elaborate banquets, and his restaurant, Olivier’s Hermitage, remained in vogue well into the 1890s.

Since Olivier’s initial inspiration, the salad has evolved into the complex com