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Russian Layered Salad  is a delicious salad recipe made with ham, eggs, cheeses, carrots, peas, and pickles.

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Hey YOU! Happy Sunday! Happy Holiday Weekend! How the heck are ya?!

Guess what I’m bringing with me to the Memorial Day picnic tomorrow? If you guessed this Russian Layered Salad then you are correct!

Also? Welcome to another installment of from-back-home recipe that is not really from back home, but it kinda is. I shall explain.

If you’ve been with me for a while, you know quite well that I’m Macedonian and not Russian. However, this Russian Salad, also called Olivier Salad,  is SO popular in Macedonia that might as well BE a Macedonian recipe, but it can’t be because clearly the Ruski’s have already called bids on it.

But, over time, the recipe has changed so much that, even though it resembles the original recipe, it pretty much isn’t. We don’t add potatoes to it, there’s no chicken in this recipe, and definitely no cow’s tongue.

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What’s interesting though is that I’ve run into a few Russians that had never even heard of this salad. Kinda like when I first heard about Macedonian Salad in France. THAT salad is anything and everything, but definitely not Macedonian. Umm, Swedish Coffee Cake, anyone??

The important thing is that, just as any other layered salad, this is SO GOOD!! In fact, it’s waaaaay better than any of those other layered salads that you’ve tried. Trust!

This salad is packed-full with happy, savory, delicious ingredients. Ham, eggs, feta cheese, peas, carrots… a delicious list, indeed. But you’re going to get tired of dicing it. Just remember – all good things take time. This is also going to be that one time a year you get to use the egg-slicer you bought from one of those kitchen-gadgets-selling people. You can also use the “Chopper” that you bought on the same day!


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Seriously? Get on this. You need, like, 30 minutes, tops.


Russian Egg Salad

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WW Freestyle: 13
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Russian Layered Salad is a delicious salad recipe made with ham, eggs, cheeses, carrots, peas, and pickles.
Course: Salad
Servings: 6
Calories: 223


  • 1 can (15-oz) small sweet peas, rinsed, drained and dried
  • 6 eggs , boiled, cooled, diced
  • 3 large carrots , cooked, diced
  • 1-1/2 cups diced ham
  • 1-1/2 cups crumbled feta
  • 1-1/2 cups diced pickles
  • 1 block (8-ounces) monterey jack cheese, diced
  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise (In my opinion, for this salad, Hellmann's Mayonnaise is the best)


  • Layer all ingredients, except for mayonnaise, in a tall salad bowl.
  • When ready to serve, add 1/4-cup mayonnaise; mix well and add more mayonnaise if needed.
  • Serve cold.


***Salad can be made 2 to 3 days ahead; refrigerate and don't add the mayonnaise until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Russian Egg Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 188mg63%
Sodium 774mg32%
Potassium 281mg8%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 5430IU109%
Vitamin C 1.8mg2%
Calcium 234mg23%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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17 Responses
  1. Judy

    Looks wonderful! Any advice on what kind of pickle would give it the “right” flavor? Which do you use??

    Thank you so Much!

  2. Elizabeth belill

    Just discovered you on Pinterest! Signed on for emails! So very impressed with your website…and your fabulous recipes!

  3. Lyuba@willcookforsmiles

    Girl, Olivie in a jar…LOVE this idea! I’ve had olivie on my list for months, I need to make it 😉

  4. Valerie

    Ah, thank you for omitting cow tongue. My dad “surprised” us with that delicacy when I was little. (Non merci, Papa!)

    This salad is lush & lovely!!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      My parents did that to me, too!! Another time they included rabbit meat and told me it was chicken… I was told about both many years later. BOOOO!


  5. Matt Robinson

    Love this salad, so beautiful and perfect for summer. And your photography is amazing! Always. Hope you have a great Memorial Day!

  6. Julia@Vikalinka

    AHHH I am so excited you are sharing Oliver salad!! I didn’t know it was popular in Macedonia but not surprised because it’s the best salad ever!! The salad is so tasty but messy, therefore not photogenic, however you’ve done it again with your gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing best bits of Russian cuisine, Kate!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      THANKS, JULIA! :)) You don’t even know how many photo setups I went through to finally capture this salad. 🙂 Messy, but so darn good!! It’s a favorite. I just made it again this morning so it’s good and ready to go for tomorrow’s little cookout. Have a great weekend!!

  7. Clara

    I love love LOVE your blog! Its so fun to read & the food, holy yum! I’ve Pinned a lot of your recipes but haven’t made one yet. You rock Katerina, keep up the awesome blogging!

  8. sue/the view from great island

    I’m fascinated with Russian food, probably because of the unfamiliarity of it, for me at least. The colors in this salad are really tempting, love it!

  9. Julie

    Ditto, sounds good to me too! Also since yesterday I can’t save your recipes on Ziplist. I just thought you might like to know. Usually from my daily email it goes to the recipe & I can save it fine. Two days now it goes from email to a picture & a click button, when I go there it’s the full recipe but it won’t save to Zip-list, it says error. Thanks, always enjoy the recipes by the way!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Thank you, Julie, for letting me know about the glitch!! I truly appreciate it – we’re looking into it right now. Hopefully I can figure it out! 😉 Have a great Sunday!!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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