The Olivier salad is the most mythologized dish of Soviet cuisine. It took Russians 150 years to turn a delicious chaud-froid into a winter okroshka (cold kvass soup with vegetables and cooked meat) that included mayonnaise, one of the pillars of the late Soviet culinary tradition, instead of kvass. The salad has survived under the guise of an ideologically orthodox and economically attractive staple, albeit with a slight bourgeois flavor suggested by its French name.
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