Salad e Olivieh For Fiesta Friday #18
Last Friday I was a really good girl and brought vegetables, this week I’m gonna be bad and bring something not so virtuous, but oh so delicious, a small portion is all you need. Salad e Olivieh is the Persian equivalent of potato salad, I believe it has roots in Russia as well, there are a few different ingredients but it’s very similar to the Persian version, this contains shredded chicken, potato salad does not usually contain meat, although I have seen some with ham. I love this dish, it’s filling and so tasty, creamy and when drizzled with some good olive oil and scooped up with warm flat bread or lavosh it’s really wonderful. HINT: Make it the night before you are going to serve, to me it always tastes better after a rest in the refrigerator overnight, the flavors meld and its’ really delicious!
I used to make this dish all the time, it’s especially good for a pot luck or party because it serves a lot of people. I used rotisserie chicken for this which cut out some of the work and I’m all about side stepping some work as long as the results are good. I also had fresh spring peas and some homemade mayo. The cornichon and lemon give it zing, the combination of all the components is a real treat.
Fiesta Friday #18 is as always hosted by Angie@thenovicegardener and this week it’s co hosted by Mr. Fitz@cooking with Mr. Fitz and Justine@eclectic odds n sods and with all the incredible food and great company we have the makings for a really fun party!
Makes a lot!! Serves at least 10 people
1 Small chicken (baked or boiled and shredded) or use a rotisserie chicken
6-8 Potato’s (I like Yukon Gold) If the potato is large use 6, medium-small use 8
4 Hard boiled eggs chopped
1 cup Cornichon pickles chopped
1 cup Baby Peas, canned, fresh or frozen your choice.
1-2 cup Mayonaise (homemade or bought) You can add how much you like
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 whole lemon depending on size)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bread of your choice, I like with either warmed flat bread or baguette drizzled with olive oil and toasted
Olive Oil to drizzle
Garnish with snips of chives and a sprinkling of sumac
Prepare the chicken you can bake or boil. (I like to bake seasoned with some salt and pepper and thyme with a half lemon and shalot in the cavity. If you bake the chicken cover baking pan with aluminum foil, For a small chicken it takes less than an hour to bake. Boiling is approximately the same cooking time.
While chicken is baking peel potato’s and boil them whole until they are fork tender but not falling apart.When they are done drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Mash with one of those hand held mashers it’s a rough mash leaving lots of pieces of potato. Boil your eggs.
Chop your pickles, chop the hard boiled egg, shred the chicken add it all to the large mixing bowl along with the potato’s. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, mayonnaise starting with 1 cup add more as needed and according to your taste. Salt and pepper to taste and lastly add the peas gently incorporate so as not to mash them. Place in your serving dish and spread some mayonnaise on top, cover and refrigerate.
Refrigerate overnight. Before serving snip some chives on top and sprinkle with sumac. Serve with warm bread, squeeze some lemon on top and drizzle with olive oil.
This salad sounds so scrumptious, Suzanne! I might need to take home some of this – ssshh! Don’t tell anyone! 😀 Thank you for bringing this today! Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂 And happy FF18!
Thanks so much Jhuls, its delicious and I won’t say a word. I’ll set some aside for you.
That’s awesome! 😀
It’s uncanny, Suzanne. It made me smile, actually. I just bought Yukon gold, and was looking at my chicken in the fridge. Was thinking of simple roasted chicken & potato, but I think I’ll set aside some to make myself this Salad e Olivieh. Sounds so delish!
Btw, would you be interested in co-hosting FF?
Oh would love to co host. Thank you so much, it’s delicious and I hope you like.
Okay, then, you’re up for FF20. Not next week, but the one after. I’ll send you an email. Thanks, Suzanne!
Yay! Now I have an idea who will be one of the co-hosts for FF20! 😀 Good luck, Suzanne! 😉
Psst, Jhuls! Keep it a secret, will you? Julianna tried to slip you some chamomile tea. Did it put you to sleep?
I will try, Angie! 😀 Uh-oh! Chef Julianna, too? Uh, sleep? No! It’s more like of a nap! 😀
LOL, hard core foodies here!!
😀 Have a wonderful weekend, Suzanne.
You too Jhuls thank you!
I just love potato salad and chicke salad so this is like the best of both. I wish I wasn’t so fond of mayonaise but it is rather delicious; especially nice that you often make homemade. Thanks for the great idea.
Thanks Stacey, yes this is like the best of both and is so open to interpretation. I am thinking adding tarragon would be nice.
That looks delicious! Looks like some lovely comfort food 🙂
It is comforting for sure, filling and creamy. Thanks so much.
Thanks so much, totally comfort food!
This looks delicious, Suzanne!
Thank you Jess, it is really wonderful.
It looks beautiful Suzanne and I laughed at your comment of being “bad” this week bringing this dish! It does really look and sound so indulgent and comforting, which we all love and need from time to time. Sometimes, I just “need” to smash my face into chocolate cake! Haha! I have never heard of Cornichon pickles before this.
LOL, yes yes smash your face in chocolate cake, immediately thinking of that scene in A Christmas Story with the mashed potatoes. I could seriously smash my face in chocolate cake. I want some now, Thank you so much.
Wow wow gosh that really sounds good I’m stealing that for my scrapbook yum! How are the pugglies? X
Thank you so much. The Puggies are hanging in, right now they are sleeping, just had dinner and their meds. Thank you so much for asking.
Awe a pleasure x
This sounds fantastic. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use up potatoes. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, this is a great way to use a load of potatoes. Thank you so much,
Such a yummy salad Suzanne! I can imagine how fast it will disappear at FF this week! 🙂
I hope so, LOL don’t want leftovers. Thank you!
That has to be the most beautiful potato salad I’ve seen. 🙂
Thank you so much. It’s really wonderful and of my favorites!
Suzanne, your salad is very tempting I just want to dip a piece of bread and enjoy the flavors 🙂
Great looking salad.. love the idea of the chicken addition! Thanks for bring this to the Fiesta..
Well thank you so much happy to bring my potato salad to the party!
I absolutely love the ingredients in this salad! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂
Thank you I hope you like it as much as we do!
What a very unique salad Suzanne. I really like the idea of chicken in a potato salad, as well as fresh peas. Your photographs are beautiful! Love the opening shot. Even the name of the salad is very unique and now I want to make some!
It is truly delicious, it’s one of my favorites. If you do make it I hope you like! Thank you so much.
Suzanne–sounds scrumptious!! summer comfort food.
Thanks so much Rhonda!
Wow! Potato salad fit for a king. I love the top photo particularly. What a luxurious dish this sounds – and really satisfying. Great idea for a summer dish. Bookmarked for my guests this summer.
This is a whole meal, has all the components. It’s delicious and is a great cold meal for hot summer days.
In Russia we cook this salad during New Year and Xmas holidays usually, and we add cooked beef or sausage more often 🙂
Have a nice week, Suzanne!
Oh that sounds delicious. Thank you!
For all I know, the origin of this salad is French. The original version has chicken, but most popular Russian version has bologna (nice European style, you have to buy it in the specialty stores) or sometimes, beef. I wouldn’t call Russian Olivieh a potato salad, as potato is not a main ingredient there, it has an equal part to everything else. Also, boiled carrots is an essential element, as it both changes the taste and appearance of the dish. Next time we get together, I will make a classic version for you 🙂
Thats really interesting, I would love to try the original version. I loved the salad you and your wife brought to Stefano and Francesca’s is that similar. It was delicious.
That actually was the one – this is the classic Russian version of the Olivie (sans chicken – I think we used Bologna at that time). We have some friends coming over this coming weekend, so Victoria will be making it again (her favorite dish to make, she doesn’t let me 🙂 ), so I think I will try to come up with the recipe post.
Would love it if you posted the recipe. It’s delicious, I wondered what kind of meat was in it, thought maybe ham but wasn’t sure. I tasted great, please tell Victoria how much I loved it.
Salad e Olivieh, you say? I say Salad e Fabulous! Or better yet… Suzanne e Fabulous!!
Suzanne, this looks so, SO delicious. And then to scoop it up with warm flatbread? Oh my, I’d be in heaven! I’ve never heard of this before, and I’m thinking about having a small party… a “before” party before we tear the kitchen apart… and then an “after” party after it’s finished. I’m thinking this would be perfect to add to my menu! Love this.. printing this recipe as I’m typing. ❤
Thank you, Oh I love kitchen remodels, Sounds like a great party both before and after. I do hope you like it and thank you again.
I love the idea of using chicken in potato salad and I think tarragon would be wonderful in it! Peas are a great addition. I find I like them added to a lot of foods, although my husband often objects!
Thank you Christin, yes it really is delicious adding chicken, makes it a meal really, I thought a little tarragon would be good because i love it in my chicken salad. Thanks again.
This dish sounds and looks absolutely perfect for a party and easy to make too – which is always a bonus. 😉
It is really great to bring to a party, and yes so easy to make too! Thank you so much.
Mmm…anything with homemade mayo is top notch. I’ve bookmarked your recipe, Suzanne. Can’t wait to try it out this summer. It looks like a recipe I’ll be making for future staff potlucks as well! Thank you for sharing!
It’s really good Patty, if you make it let me know what you think. Thank you so much.
Oh yes, I will have plenty of time after this week to make all the recipes I’ve bookmarked! I just know my colleagues would scarf this dish down. Too bad we’re going on vacation. Actually no. Hahah!
There’s a Spanish version, ensalada Russo, which is often served with ham or jamon, as they say. We used to make this occasionally for special events. But boy, did it take a long time to prepare. As it was always made with home-made mayo using olive oil brought over by my friend from the Basque country. So delicious!
I’ll have to look that up, I love these type of salads and I love Jamon. Thanks Johnny.
Argh! I missed FF #18, I could have had your gorgeous, delicious salad Olivieh! 😛
Thank you, I’m sure your Olivieh is fantastic.
Unique recipe, never have really tasted anything like this before… lovely Friday Fiesta! 🙂
Thank you so much.
Looks perfect for a party! I have ‘t made a potato salad for this summer yet, I’ll have to try out your recipe as soon as I get a chance! Thanks for sharing 🙂
It’s great for a party, a little goes a long way, it’s economical and delicious! Thank you so much,
Wow – this looks wonderful. A perfect thing to bring to a party. I’m printing this one out to try. Really glad you shared it.
Thank you so much, it’s delicious. I love to serve it as a cold meal.
I love these types of salads especially when I have friends coming over because you can make them ahead of time and serve many people!
Exactly, thank you so much Katerina.
I’ve never seen a potato salad with chicken in it before, but it seems like an almost obvious combination!
Before I learned this recipe I have never thought of chicken or any meat for that matter in potato salad but it is really good like it was meant to be. Thanks Mary Frances.
Yum! I have never had this but it looks delicious!
Thank you, it’s really good.
It doesn’t look so unhealthy – there are gherkins AND peas in there and I’m sure a case could be made for the healthy-giving properties of mayonnaise …
It sounds lovely – I do like a salad with lots of different bits and pieces in it!
Well you know I think you are right, the mayo is home made with some olive oil and canola. Vegetables, pickles, egg, and the potatoes well they are not too bad I guess. Thank you so much.
Wow! this looks like a complete meal, I love the combination of ingredients. This would also be great for a potluck. Happy week-end to you!
Thank you Cheri, it is a complete meal, the flavors are all so nice combined.
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