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Salad "Olivier" / Russian Salad

This is a Russian salad that is also very popular in many other Mediterranean countries. There are many variations of the name and the recipe, but the dish first originated in Russia. Traditionally, this salad is made with mayonnaise, but I substituted it with Greek yogurt and some lemon juice to make it much lighter and healthier. I grew up eating this salad for every family party or holiday dinner, and it was one of my most favorite dishes. It is very hearty because it has potatoes, ham, eggs and works very well as a side dish or just as a lunch on its own. It is so simple to make and also very delicious. Enjoy!!!!

Posted on March 3, 2010

Makes about 6 servings

IngredientsSalad Olivier

3 large Russet potatoes, boiled, cooled and peeled

2 large carrots, boiled, cooled and peeled

4 large eggs, boiled

4 ounces low sodium ham

1 cup canned green peas, drained

2 large dill pickles, chopped

1/3 cup onion, chopped

1 1/2 cup low fat Greek yogurt

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

Salt and fresh black pepper


1. Chop the potatoes, carrots, ham, and the eggs. Put all the vegetable, eggs and the ham in a large bowl. Add the chopped pickles, onions and the canned green peas.

2. In another bowl, mix the yogurt, mayo, lemon juice and the fresh dill. Combine very well and season with salt and black pepper to your taste.

3. Pour the yogurt dressing over the vegetables and the meat mixture. Mix well, cover and let sit in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

4. Serve cold with whole wheat bread or whole wheat pita bread.




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