Sunflower Salad

This eye-catching Russian layered chicken and mushroom salad is perfect for any party or buffet. The salad is decorated to look like a sunflower, hence the name.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs
8 servings


  • 2 chicken legs, skin removed

  • salt to taste

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, minced

  • 3 ½ cups minced mushrooms

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, yolks and whites separated and grated

  • 1 ¼ cups grated Cheddar cheese

  • 1 (4.25 ounce) can pitted black olives, drained

  • 1 (8 ounce) bag potato chips


  1. Place chicken legs into a large pot and cover with salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until no longer pink at the bone, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and let cool. Shred chicken meat and season with salt.

  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook until soft, 5 to 8 minutes.

  3. Mix mayonnaise and garlic together in a bowl. Mix 1/4 cup of the mayonnaise with the chicken.

  4. Spread chicken-mayonnaise mixture in the shape of a disk on a serving plate. Cover with onion-mushroom mixture and 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. Add grated egg whites and 1/4 cup of mayonnaise. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top; cover with remaining mayonnaise. Sprinkle grated egg yolks evenly over the top.

  5. Cut olives into 4 wedges each and place on top to resemble sunflower seeds. Refrigerate salad for 2 hours.

  6. Place potato chips around the salad to resemble sunflower petals.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

589 Calories
47g Fat
21g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 589
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 47g 61%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 148mg 49%
Sodium 625mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 9mg 43%
Calcium 173mg 13%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 774mg 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.