Russian Potato Salad

Russian Potato Salad

Russian Potato SaladKartofenyi Salat po-Russki (Russian Potato Salad) hails from Moscow, Russia. The original version of the salad was invented in the 1860s by Lucien Olivier, chef of the Hermitage restaurant, one of Moscow’s most celebrated restaurants. Olivier’s salad was immensely popular with Hermitage regulars and quickly became the restaurant’s signature dish. The exact recipe (particularly that of the dressing) was a jealously guarded secret, but it is known that the salad contained grouse, veal tongue, caviar, lettuce, crayfish tails, capers and smoked duck, although it is possible that the recipe varied seasonally.


1/4 C mayonnaise
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp ketchup
1 T lemon juice
1/2 tsp horseradish (optional)
1 lb sm white potatoes, peeled, cooked & sliced
6 green onions, sliced
1 T fresh dill, chopped & additional for garnish
2 T gherkins, diced
6 radishes, sliced
Salt & pepper to taste


Mix together mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, lemon juice and horseradish in a medium bowl. Add potatoes, onions, dill, gherkins and radishes, tossing to coat with dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with fresh dill.

Makes 4 servings.