Russian Cuisine


  Salad Olivier


1 whole chicken breast, poached, boned, and skinned, or 1/2 pound lean cooked veal
1 pound all-purpose potatoes, boiled in their skins and peeled
2 medium Cucumbers in Brine
1 cup cooked fresh or frozen peas
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup Mayonnaise
2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
8 large black Greek olives, 8 sprigs parsley

This salad is the creation of a French chef, M. Olivier, who in the 1860s opened a fashionable restaurant in Moscow called The Hermitage

Cut the cooked chicken and potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Peel the cucumbers and also cut into 1/2-inch cubes. In a large bowl, combine the meat, potatoes, cucumbers, green peas, and onion. Add the mayonnaise and mix gently, so those ingredients are not mashed. Refrigerate the salad until serving time (but for no longer than 4 hours). Variation: Vegetable Salad Olivier Omit the chicken or veal to make a delicious meatless side dish

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