This is a very popular “anytime dish” in Iran; but I am not sure of its true origin.  Wherever this recipe comes from, it is super delicious and versatile. Serve it as an appetizer, lunch or summer dinner. I have never seen anyone who has not fallen in love with this ultimate Chicken Salad. If you think I am exaggerating, just make it yourself…You’ll see.

The Olive Chicken Salad (Salad Oliveeyeh)

The Olive Chicken Salad

Use theses measurements as a guide. I find the best way is using the following percentages: Chicken 45%, Potatoes 10%, Eggs 10%, Green Peas 10%, Pickles 10%, Celery 10%, Carrots 5%. Also remember that this is not baking and exact measurements are not important.

Chicken Breast on the bone> roasted (see recipe)>, de-boned and chopped 1 med. size (1.5-2 lbs.)
Yukon Gold or Yellow Potatoes>cooked (boiled), peeled and chopped 2-3 med. size
Large Eggs> hard boiled, peeled & chopped 5+1 (for decoration)
Green Peas> thawed 1 cup
Carrots> (optional) peeled & finely chopped 1 med. size
Celery> chopped 3-4 stalks
Cucumber Pickles (small, whole)> drained 8-9 + 1 (for decoration) pcs.
Mayonnaise (the real kind) 3/4 cup+ 2-3 tbsp (for decoration)
Dijon Mustard (optional) 2 tbsp
Fresh Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Salt & Pepper to taste
Black & Yellow Olives> pitted 5-6 pcs. (for decoration)




  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, reserving those for decoration.
  • Gently mix thoroughly with a large spoon or spatula.
  • Taste for seasoning. If too dry, add a little more mayo. Do not drown the salad in mayo; just enough to hold the ingredients together.
  • Transfer to a serving platter or bowl.
  • Spread the reserved mayo over the top.
  • Decorate the top with olives, sliced egg and pickle.
  • Cover and chill for at least a couple of hours. Will keep up to 5 days, covered in the fridge.
  • Serve with your favorite bread. Lavash, pita or any flat bread would be ideal.

Noosh-e Jan (Bon Appetite)!

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  • Parisa says:

    Yummy… My favorite part is picking the decorations (olives and pickles) before anyone gets to them.

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