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Salad e Olivieh For Fiesta Friday #18

Salad e Olivieh,flat bread

Salad e Olivieh,flat bread

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!

 

Iranian Potato Salad

Iranian Potato Salad

Makes a lot!! Serves at least 10 people

Ingredients:

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
Lemon wedges
Olive Oil to drizzle
Garnish with snips of chives and a sprinkling of sumac

Directions:
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.

salad e olivieh

salad e olivieh

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  1. 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!

    May 31, 2014
  2. 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?

    May 31, 2014
    • Oh would love to co host. Thank you so much, it’s delicious and I hope you like.

      May 31, 2014
      • Okay, then, you’re up for FF20. Not next week, but the one after. I’ll send you an email. Thanks, Suzanne!

        May 31, 2014
      • Excited!!!

        May 31, 2014
    • Yay! Now I have an idea who will be one of the co-hosts for FF20! 😀 Good luck, Suzanne! 😉

      May 31, 2014
      • Psst, Jhuls! Keep it a secret, will you? Julianna tried to slip you some chamomile tea. Did it put you to sleep?

        May 31, 2014
      • I will try, Angie! 😀 Uh-oh! Chef Julianna, too? Uh, sleep? No! It’s more like of a nap! 😀

        May 31, 2014
      • LOL, hard core foodies here!!

        May 31, 2014
      • 😀 Have a wonderful weekend, Suzanne.

        June 1, 2014
      • You too Jhuls thank you!

        June 1, 2014
  3. 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.

    May 31, 2014
    • Thanks Stacey, yes this is like the best of both and is so open to interpretation. I am thinking adding tarragon would be nice.

      May 31, 2014
  4. That looks delicious! Looks like some lovely comfort food 🙂

    May 31, 2014
  5. This looks delicious, Suzanne!

    May 31, 2014
  6. 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.

    May 31, 2014
    • 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.

      May 31, 2014
  7. Wow wow gosh that really sounds good I’m stealing that for my scrapbook yum! How are the pugglies? X

    May 31, 2014
  8. This sounds fantastic. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use up potatoes. Thanks for sharing!

    May 31, 2014
    • Thanks, this is a great way to use a load of potatoes. Thank you so much,

      May 31, 2014
  9. Such a yummy salad Suzanne! I can imagine how fast it will disappear at FF this week! 🙂

    May 31, 2014
  10. That has to be the most beautiful potato salad I’ve seen. 🙂

    May 31, 2014
  11. Suzanne, your salad is very tempting I just want to dip a piece of bread and enjoy the flavors 🙂

    June 1, 2014
  12. Great looking salad.. love the idea of the chicken addition! Thanks for bring this to the Fiesta..

    June 1, 2014
  13. Sinfully Tempting #

    I absolutely love the ingredients in this salad! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

    June 1, 2014
  14. 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!

    June 1, 2014
    • It is truly delicious, it’s one of my favorites. If you do make it I hope you like! Thank you so much.

      June 1, 2014
  15. Suzanne–sounds scrumptious!! summer comfort food.

    June 1, 2014
  16. 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.

    June 2, 2014
    • This is a whole meal, has all the components. It’s delicious and is a great cold meal for hot summer days.

      June 2, 2014
  17. 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!

    June 2, 2014
  18. talkavino #

    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 🙂

    June 2, 2014
    • 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.

      June 2, 2014
      • talkavino #

        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.

        June 2, 2014
      • 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.

        June 2, 2014
  19. 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. ❤

    June 2, 2014
    • 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.

      June 2, 2014
  20. 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!

    June 2, 2014
    • 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.

      June 2, 2014
  21. This dish sounds and looks absolutely perfect for a party and easy to make too – which is always a bonus. 😉

    June 2, 2014
    • It is really great to bring to a party, and yes so easy to make too! Thank you so much.

      June 2, 2014
  22. 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!

    June 2, 2014
    • It’s really good Patty, if you make it let me know what you think. Thank you so much.

      June 2, 2014
      • 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!

        June 2, 2014
  23. 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!

    June 2, 2014
    • I’ll have to look that up, I love these type of salads and I love Jamon. Thanks Johnny.

      June 3, 2014
  24. Argh! I missed FF #18, I could have had your gorgeous, delicious salad Olivieh! 😛

    June 3, 2014
  25. Unique recipe, never have really tasted anything like this before… lovely Friday Fiesta! 🙂

    June 3, 2014
  26. 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 🙂

    June 4, 2014
    • It’s great for a party, a little goes a long way, it’s economical and delicious! Thank you so much,

      June 4, 2014
  27. 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.

    June 5, 2014
    • Thank you so much, it’s delicious. I love to serve it as a cold meal.

      June 5, 2014
  28. 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!

    June 5, 2014
  29. I’ve never seen a potato salad with chicken in it before, but it seems like an almost obvious combination!

    June 5, 2014
    • 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.

      June 5, 2014
  30. Yum! I have never had this but it looks delicious!

    June 5, 2014
  31. 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!

    June 6, 2014
    • 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.

      June 6, 2014
  32. 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!

    June 6, 2014
    • Thank you Cheri, it is a complete meal, the flavors are all so nice combined.

      June 6, 2014
  33. loving your blog 🙂 I nominated you for the leibster award… check it out on my blog! http://theretroteapot.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/about-myself-and-the-lovely-liebster-award-time/ enjoy my reads ! x

    June 9, 2014
    • Thank you so much, just followed your blog, can’t wait to read more. Thank you also for the liebster, I so appreciate it, acknowledgement from our fellow bloggers is what it’s all about.

      June 9, 2014
      • It definitely is really great to get the recognition! Keep blogging, love reading your posts 🙂

        June 10, 2014
      • :o)

        June 10, 2014
  34. petra08 #

    The flavours sounds so good! Sorry am too late to vote for you, this looks just delicious! 🙂

    June 3, 2015

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