Salad Olivier

This is a famous and somehow traditional salad in Iran, served as a side dish or appetizer. It’s tasty and can also be served with bread as a meal. I wish I knew the exact origin of this salad but it seems that no one knows. Some people say It’s originated from France because of its name, but there is a debate on this ;) .

Some of my friends asked me to write my recipe. So here it is :)


6 cooked eggs

4 cooked medium potatoes

1 cup cooked green pees

½ cooked whole chicken or 2 breasts and 2 thighs skinless, boneless

100 gr. pickles

1/8 cup olive oil

1 ⅓ cup (olive oil) mayonnaise

1 ½ squeezed lemon

1/16 cup white vinegar

Salt as desired


Cut potatoes, eggs & chicken in small cubes 1 cm. Cut pickles to a smaller size. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well with a spoon. Put it in a fridge for at least 2 hours.

The prepared salad is approximately 1,600 kg. You can prepare everything with half or quarter of ingredients. In this case, for half a portion use 4 eggs and for a quarter use 3 eggs. The egg is the trick ;) in this salad.

Note: You can use 100 gr. cold cuts (chicken, turkey or ham) instead of chicken but try it first with chicken.

Enjoy! :)


  1. Mehnoush

    Thanks for your comment. Yes Russian salad is also very tasty. The way that I used to prepare it (from a recipe found in a cook book long time ago), it was without chicken/meat and had green beens, corn and carrots and yes, less potato and more runny. ;)
    Salad Olivier is named after the Belgian chef ‘Lucien Olivier’ who invented it. I am sure it tasted different then, than the way we are preparing it now. ;)
    Thanks again for your comment :)

  2. Anonymous

    It originated from Russia. Google “Russian Salad”. You can even find an entry in wikipedia. Though the russian salad is more runny and contains less potato and more vegetables and fruits.

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