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Potato beetroot and herring salad recipe

Potato beetroot and herring salad recipe


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  • Beetroot salad

This classic Russian salad is traditionally served during every Russian holiday. It's the perfect salad to enjoy anytime of the year.

25 people made this

IngredientsServes: 20

  • 3 whole maris piper potatoes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 2 beetroots, washed with tops and bottoms removed
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 (120g) tins herring, packed in oil
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:40min ›Extra time:1hr chilling › Ready in:1hr55min

  1. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Cook the potatoes, carrots and beetroots in the boiling water until cooked but still firm, 15 to 20 minutes for the potatoes, 25 to 30 minutes for the carrots and 40 minutes for the beetroots. Allow each to cool to the touch before further handling. Remove and discard the skins from the potatoes and beetroots. Grate the potatoes, carrots and beetroots, keeping them separate.
  2. Arrange about half the onion and half the herring fillets in a layer in the bottom of a bowl. Cover the layer with about half of the grated potatoes, then a layer of about half the carrot and finally about half the beetroot. Spread about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise over the salad; season with salt and pepper. Repeat the layers in the same order to finish building the salad. Cover with cling film and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour. Serve cold.

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Reviews in English (21)

by akmommy23

We make this a bit differently. Herring, layer of potatoes, shredded beets and shredded carrots. Repeat. Each layer divided by mayo, garlic, salt and pepper. Top layer is boiled grated egg and on the very top is shredded cheddar cheese. No onions. Served in a glass container, awesome colors and fantastic taste!-18 Jan 2011

by masya

To remove excess salt herring, it must be cleaned and put it on 30 minutes in the milk.And to remove the bitterness of the onion, chop it and place it in the boiling water.Even sometimes add a thin layer of sweet-sour apple. It's not for everybody.-02 Dec 2012


Mutti's Herring Salad Recipe

Wunderbar. Aka, Heringsalat, it's such a traditional German food that's so easy and fast to make. For our family, all that's needed are some boiled potatoes and dinner or lunch is ready. Yes, that quick!

This also makes a great German appetizer. Serve it with crackers or crusty bread. 

  • Rollmops (soused herring) are pickled herring fillets rolled around an onion or gherkin and a specialty of Berlin
  • Bismarckhering which are marinated in vinegar, oil, onions, mustard seed and bay leaves 
  • Matjesheringare pickled in a salt brine letting the enzymes ferment the fish
  • Matjesbrötchenਊre German bread rolls filled with pickled herring and sliced raw onions
  • Brathering are first floured and fried in butter before being marinaded in vinegar, onions, mustard seed, bay leaves and spices.
  • Pickled herring is a great source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, and selenium 

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds waxy potatoes (boiled in their jackets and cooled: fingerling or Yukon Gold are good choices)
  • 3 pickles (drained and chopped)
  • 10 capers (drained and minced)
  • 1 (14-ounce) jar of pickled herring (rinsed, patted dry and chopped into 1-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup canned white beans (drained and rinsed: about half of a 14-ounce can)
  • 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup radish slices (for garnish)
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill (chopped, for garnish)

Eating Pickled Herring For Good Luck!

In Germany, Poland and throughout Scandinavia it’s traditional to eat pickled herring at the stroke of midnight New Year’s Eve. Whether eaten as rollmops or in a salad, with its silvery scales that resemble silver coins, herring is said to bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year.

This Red Herring Salad is traditionally enjoyed both for New Year’s as well as Christmas. With it’s pretty pinkish-red hue it is especially fitting for the Christmas season.

And whether you know this salad by the name of Roter Heringssalat, Rød Sildesalat, Röd Sillsallad, or Punainen Sillisalaatti, it is a dish that is guaranteed to please and unify pickled herring lovers both near and far.


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Let me know in the comments below!

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250 gram new potatoes
75 ml créme fraiche
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
1,5 tbsp fresh dill, snipped into small springs
150 gram marinated herring with fresh lemon
200 gram cocktail beetroot
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Halve or quarter any larger potatoes and cook them all in a pan of bolling salted water until tender.

Meanwhile, mix together the créme fraiche, mustard and dill (reserve a few springs to serve), and season with salt and pepper. Arrange the herring on two plates.

Drain the potatoes and then tip them into a bowl and, while still hot, gently mix them with the beetroot and drizlle with the dressing. Serve with the herring and sprinkle over the reserved dill.

This will also work well using other oily fish, such as smoked trout or mackarel fillets. Your enjoy meal!


Recipe Summary

  • 3 whole russet potatoes
  • 2 large carrots, peeled
  • 2 beets, washed with tops and bottoms removed
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar herring fillets, packed in oil
  • 6 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the potatoes, carrots, and beets in the boiling water until cooked but still firm, 15 to 20 minutes for the potatoes, 25 to 30 minutes for the carrots, and 40 minutes for the beets. Allow each to cool to the touch before further handling. Remove and discard the skins from the potatoes and beets. Shred the potatoes, carrots, and beets, keeping them separate.

Arrange about half the onion and half the herring fillets in a layer in the bottom of a bowl. Cover the layer with about half of the grated potatoes, then a layer of about half the carrot, and finally about half the beet. Spread about 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise over the salad season with salt and pepper. Repeat the layers in the same order to finish building the salad. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hour. Serve cold.


Beet, Pickled Herring, and Potato Salad

My family Christmas Eve tradition is a Scandinavian style smorgasbord reflecting our Norwegian and Swedish heritage with Danish and Finnish influences and the occasional Icelandic cheese. It is not an official competition, but you get bonus points for all the various ways you can serve herring at your table. [None of the ways involve dessert, ease your mind.]

When I got blue potatoes in the last Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share of the year, I thought it would be fun to add another herring dish to the spread by making a beet & potato salad with pickled herring. I already know beets and pickled herring go well together from my Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad. I've enjoyed a shockingly pink sildesalat which combines smoked herring, potatoes and beets. So this combination is not a stretch--if you're used to the above--which is why I thought it appropriate to serve at my family celebration last year. With so many herring lovers around the table alongside me, my spouse and kids were in the minority and the salad was seen as a normal addition, not something far out.

If you're not Scandinavian, this probably seems really strange. Could be worse. Could be lutefisk. Just try this instead.


For more recipes using beets, please see my Beet Recipes Collection. For more recipes using potatoes, please see my Potato Recipes Collection. These collections are part of the Visual Recipe Index by Ingredient, a resource for folks like me keeping up their heritage through food and eating seasonally from the farm share, the farmer's market, and garden abundance. Follow me on Pinterest, on Instagram, and on Facebook for recipe ideas and behind the scenes shots. Want to know How to Use this Blog?


Potato Beetroot Herring Salad

This Potato Beetroot Herring Salad is a delicious and piquant recipe common in some European countries.

Hello, my friends. I hope you are doing well. I am going to keep it super short today. We’ve been having a gloomy and extremely rainy week which makes me super sleepy and sluggish. Seriously, it looks like spring is already over and having skipped summer, we’ve gone straight to fall.

I know this Potato Beetroot Herring Salad might sound like a dish for a cold season, but trust me it’s very appropriate right now.

But before we jump to the recipe, let me boast a little. Do you see this turquoise background in some photos? I’ve made it myself! Don’t think it was super hard to make or a complicated technique was involved. It was extremely cheap, too! I only needed a large piece of white carton, brush, acrylic paint, and some inspiration. I have made a few backgrounds of different colours, but so far I love this one the most.

Potato Beetroot Herring Salad

Let’s talk about this Potato Beetroot Herring Salad for a minute. While this combo might sound a little bizarre, it’s indeed very delicious and hearty. This combination is common in some regions of Germany and northern Europe, particularly Scandinavia and Finland. In fact, a similar salad is served as a Christmas dish in Finland. This combo is also ubiquitous in Russia, but they make a more compound layer salad named…Herring Under a Fur Coat. I know – Russia does have some peculiar recipe names, right? I’ll probably make and share the recipe one day. Many recipes suggest chopping the ingredients very finely, but I wanted them to be visible.

For this salad, you will need to find pickled herrings that are not too vinegary and slightly sweet. Most commonly, the combination of sour cream and mayo is used for a dressing, but you can omit mayo, of course. And keep in mind that after chilling, this Potato Beetroot Herring Salad gets only better. Personally, we believe this dish is only better the next day! Lastly, this combination is rather heavy and satisfying, so I wouldn’t mix it with anything else – serve it as the entire meal. With a slice of toasted rye bread, it’s so good!

And don’t forget to try this Beetroot Vinaigrette (Vinegret) Salad, too.

Original Photo. April 2019

Potato Salad with Picked Herring

I think you have suffered enough with my pickled herring history lesson – the main point of the recipe was the potato salad which I really hope you enjoy. It takes very little time, can be easily adapted, and will be a great accompaniment to a other meals (particularly those who really are repelled by fish). Whilst I have suggested using Vegenaise, of course it will work with other alternatives.

Finally, when we first made this (as photographed) we didn’t include apple and Aleppo pepper flakes to but I have to say it is now our preferred version as it adds a little heat and crisp sweetness from the Braeburn.


Watch the video: Potato Beet Salad. Ensalda Rusa. Beets by Marco (June 2022).