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Nina's Russian Salad - An unofficial authentic version of Olivier's famous salad

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The original recipe of Olivier's salad is unknown. He was a Belgian chef at the Hermitage Hotel restaurant in Moscow and he started to serve this salad in the 1860, soon it became one of the most popular dishes of the Hermitage restaurant.
Years by years the recipe became famous in all the European and Middle-East countries with many different variations. This recipe comes from Nina, Federica's Russian friend, so we can consider its authenticity pretty high :-)
In Russia it is pretty common to substitute the chicken with kolbasa, a sorf of mortadella, it is a variety of sausage made from ground meat and wrapped in a special casing.


- 5 chicken thighs

- 4 medium patatoes

- 3 carrots

- 3 eggs

- 1 can green peas

- 1 medium onion

- 4-5 pickles

- mayonnaise (look at the recipe here)

- salt and pepper

- italian parsley (to guarnish)

Cook the chicken thighs in a pot with water simmering for about 30 to 40 minutes, until they are cooked (time might depends on how big they are, be sure the meat is cooked!) revmove the peel and let them cool at room temperature.

While the chicken is cooking, boil the potatoes and the carrots with their peel, time depends on how big are the potatoes (about 20-40 minutes) check them with a fork to make sure they are cooked and let them cool. Peel the vegetables and cut them in small cubes.
Cook the eggs hard-boiled, let them cool and cut them in small pieces. Dice the onion and slice the pickles.

In a big bowl put the potatoes, the carrots, the onion, the pickles, the eggs, the geen peas. Remove the bones from the chicken thighs and cut the meat.

Make the mayonnaise (look at the recipe here). Add the chicken in the bowl, the mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Mix everything and place in a serving bowl, guarnish with some italian parsley on top. Keep refrigerated until serving. Serve cold.

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