Since you guys asked.
Salad Oliver “Salat Olivie” was created by a Belgian chef Lucien Oliver in mid 1800. He worked for a famous Moscow restaurant called Hermitage, and after the recipe debuted at the restaraunt, everybody wanted it. People stood in lines to get into the place. So Oliver guarded the recipe like the golden fleece and prepared it himself in private. One day he was called away and one of his sous-chefs snuck into the kitchen and wrote down the list of ingredients. Later he left Hermitage and went to work for someone else, and of course, tried to reproduce the famous salad, except it didn’t taste right. To this day nobody knows what exactly went into it, but it had potatoes, crayfish, caviar, and other exotic ingredients. Over the years, the salad became greatly simplified and now this version of the salad is pretty much a traditional Russian holiday dish, especially in the south.
You will need
1 can green peas
3-4 large pickles
1 large granny smith apple (or any other apple that doesn’t turn into mush. McIntosh will be fine. Red delicious won’t work.)
1 pound of meat. Here is where things get creative. “Traditional” recipes sometimes call for bologne, because that’s all you could get in USSR at certain times. My family always did good quality sausage or roast beef cubed into bite sized pieces. You could use ham, probably salty, not sweet. Ham would do beautifully. Or salami. Or boiled beef. You get the idea.
4-5 medium potatoes
2-3 medium carrots (I don’t put these in because bleah, cooked carrots.)
1 small jar of mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
Salt and pepper
Boil potatoes and carrots. Boil eggs separately. Peel everything that needs to be peeled. Chop everything into bite-sized pieces. Put everything into a big old bowl. Add about a cup worth of mayo/Miracle Whip and mix. You don’t want it swimming in mayo, but just nicely coated. Continue to add mayo until everything has a thin layer of mayo on it. Sprinkle dill on top. I can’t find an image of it that’s not copyrighted, but here is a link to a Russian site with a nice picture of it.
Russians come to blows over this recipe and several variations exist. DO NOT skip the apple. DO NOT add sour cream. You will regret it.
PS. My garden gnomes came.
I am a woman of simple tastes. He-he-he.