Russian Potato Salad With A Turkey Twist #LeftoverFriday

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I was challenged to create a fun #LeftoverFriday dish using Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. Some of the suggestions were simple and easy like a turkey and cranberry sandwich. Too easy and not creative enough for me. I knew without a doubt exactly what I was going to do. I was going to remix one of my mamas dishes. It really was a challenge to myself because I had never made it before.

One of my favorite dishes growing up was a potato salad called Olivie. There’s no real meaning behind the name, it’s just called that. Some call is Salad Olivier, others call it Russian Potato Salad. I’ve even seen Argentinean restaurants serve a variation of the Russian Potato Salad.

Walking into the kitchen and watching as my mama prepped and prepared, always putting me to task. Peel the potatoes, skin the carrots, dice the chicken. None of this was on my things I really want to do today list. But I now realize what she was really doing was teaching me her recipes by having me participate in making them.

I was never a big fan of peas. Something about them just turned me off. My great-grandma was my superstar. Whenever she made Olivie she always added the peas last, first serving me my portion sans peas. As I’ve grow older I’ve learned to tolerate them so long as they are covered in Hellmann’s mayonnaise.

I’ve seen many varieties of Olivie. My mother always used boiled chicken for the meat portion. As I’ve sampled Olivie in different Russian restaurants and other Russian family homes I’ve seen Bologna, sausage, apples and even onions used in Olivie. I do not object to the apples. I love a good Waldorf salad.

As my girls get older I’ll be sure to include them in the cooking process so that one day they too will be able to share this recipe with their children.

The secret to great-tasting leftovers is using quality ingredients that complement each other. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise helps bring flavors together to keep every bite satisfying. Because I was expecting to make this, I prepped the all the ingredients (besides the turkey) the night before. You can prepare these ingredients the night before just as I did. Or simply prepare them as you wait for your Turkey to roast to perfection! Either way it’s quick, easy and delicious.

Russian Potato Salad With A Turkey Twist aka Salad Olivie or Olivier (pronounced Olieveh)

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SERVES: 10-12 cups
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25 min

5 small to medium-sized Potatoes
5 Large Eggs
5 medium-sized Carrots
2 Whole Dill Pickles
1/2 can Peas
1 – 1/2 to 2 cups of Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise
1 — 2 cups of chopped Leftover Turkey
Salt (to taste)


Step 1: Boil the eggs (hardboil), unpeeled potatoes and carrots until tender. Remove the eggs after just 10 minutes to prevent overcooking. The carrots will be the next to come out and then finally the potatoes. It is important not to overcook the vegetables or you will end up with mashed baby food. Cooking the carrots and potatoes in its skin helps to lock in the vitamins during the cooking process.

Step 2: As you are removing your eggs, carrots and potatoes, place them to the side to begin the cooling process. Once cooled you can begin to peel. A small sharp knife works best on the potatoes. Once you slide it just under the skin you can give it a little tug and the skin comes right off. You can use a peeler on your carrots, so long as they are not too soft.

– When I would help my mother in the peeling process of the potatoes I was constantly being reminded to not remove half the potato while I was peeling.

cooked veggies potato

Step 3: Chop your potatoes, carrots, eggs, pickles and turkey into 1/4 to 1/2 inch pieces, just pick a size you are comfortable with and try to make it uniform.

– Don’t worry about perfection, no one but my Mama is watching you.

Carrot chop and dice for Salad Olivier #leftoverfriday

Step 4: Place all of your chopped ingredients into a bowl and add the green peas (or don’t – totally optional).

Prep ingredients for Salad Olivier

Step 5: The most crucial step of them all! Scoop in the Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise into the bowl of chopped salad ingredients.

– My mama always used Hellmann’s Mayonnaise because it is made with real, quality ingredients; like eggs, oil and vinegar.

Potato Salad with Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise

Step 6: Gently fold the salad into itself with the Mayonnaise, without crushing your ingredients. Add salt to taste. Your Salad Olivier is now ready to be served.

Mixed potato salad olivie

You can easily prepare this recipe while making your Thanksgiving dinner. Once dinner is done, simply use the leftover turkey to add to your ingredients and then refrigerate it overnight for lunch the following day. Although it is considered a side dish, I have on occasion eaten it as a meal, it has a hearty list of ingredients that fills your belly just right.

You can easily put several Russians in a room together and ask them how they make their Olivie. Each will have a different recipe, and each will be right. Trust me, I had this exact conversation with last night on Facebook with friends. There is no wrong way to make Olivie and that is what makes it fun. Ultimately as long as you include Potatoes, Pickles, Eggs and Hellmann’s Mayonnaise, the rest is up to you! Get creative and have fun with it!

Be sure to visit to find great recipes like these; and don’t forget to keep your pantry well stocked with Hellmann’s Mayonnaise – it’s the secret to great-tasting leftovers! What will you be making with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Turkey can dry out pretty quickly. By adding Hellmann’s Mayonnaise to your leftover recipes you can make your turkey moist and delicious!

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Mama E

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Comments (3)

  • I have never had Russian Potato Salad. I have to be honest, I do not like peas, but I will give this a try, you never know I might like it. So I will try this, but if I don’t like it I’ll have to leave the peas out.

    • Mama E

      Totally cool to leave out the peas. The only main ingredients are Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise and potatoes! LOL

  • I love potato salad, and I have never tried the Russian version of it. We’re having a barbecue on Glorious Saturday, I think I will make this instead of my usual recipe to try something new! Thanks so much! 🙂


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