Olivye - Ukrainian Potato Salad - Оливье

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
My husband makes this version of the famous olivye salad. The chives and dill add a nice element of freshness. The great thing about Russian and Ukrainian cooking - there is no one right way to make any recipe. Each family has their own version which get passed down through generations. This olivye recipe really is the best I've tried. It takes some time to dice everything, but in the end you get the best potato salad that lasts almost a week in the fridge. Cost to Make: $10 to $12 Servings: 6 to 8
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10
Servings: 8


  • 1 pound of ham
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 4 medium carrots.
  • 1 15 oz can sweet peas, drained
  • 5 boiled eggs
  • 5 medium-large pickles I use Vlasic
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup mayo to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. In the same pot, boil whole unpeeled potatoes and carrots for about 30 minutes, or until knife pierces them smoothly. Don't let them get too soft.
  2. In a separate pot put eggs in salted cold water. Bring to a boil, turn it off and leave it on the same burner with the lid on for 15 minutes. Cool them down in cold water.
  3. Remove the vegetables and eggs from boiling water and allow them to cool to room temperature prior to chopping.
  4. Skin the boiled potatoes and carrots with a small knife. It's easier to skin the carrots if you make a slit down the length of the carrot and skin in a circle around the carrot.
  5. Chop ham, potatoes, carrots, pickles and eggs into equal size dice (pea size).
  6. Mix together potatoes, carrots, pickles, eggs, green onion, dill and mayo. Add more mayo, Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Fold in the peas last so they aren't crushed. If you prefer more onion, pickles, or anything else; add more. Its easy to modify this recipe!


Recipe Notes

One of the readers suggested alternative method for cooking carrots and potatoes. She said to try dicing raw carrots and potatoes then boiling them together about 12 min in unsalted water. Rinse with cold water and drain well on paper towels. Easy and consistent results!