Olivier Salad is a traditional dish to serve on New Years Eve in Russian and Ukrainian families. The original version of the salad was invented in the 1860s by a cook of Belgian origin, Lucien Olivier, the chef of the Hermitage, one of Moscow's most celebrated restaurants.
This is my vegetarian version of the classic Russian "Olivier" salad. AKA "Russian Salad" AKA "Stolichny Salad" The modern version includes cubed bologna or chicken which I have obviously omitted!
WARNING: This recipe makes a crowd sized portion! Great as a side dish or a light lunch!
5 medium starchy potatoes, boiled first, then peeled and diced
4 large carrots, peeled first then boiled and diced
6 eggs, boiled and diced
5 small cucumbers (such as Israeli or Persian) or 5-6 large pickles, diced
2 cans sweet green peas, drained
2-3 Tablespoons minced onion
Minced dill and/or parsley, optional.
Pepper to taste
Mayonnaise to taste
Combine all ingredients except mayo, which should be added just prior to serving. Keep loosely covered in the refrigerator.