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herring salat (beet salad with herring)

(1 rating)
Recipe by
Carolyn Haas
Whitewater, WI

My mom made this every New Years. It is a traditional dish in her part of Germany (near the North Sea) as well as in my dad's region (near the Rhine River). It may be a custom all over Germany, idk. Scandinavian people share a love for this dish at New Years, too. It looks pretty and pink, but don't be fooled - it's not sweet! (I brought some to work for lunch once and a co-worker thought it was some fruit fluff. She was totally grossed out when she found out what it was!!)

(1 rating)
yield 9 -12
prep time 15 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For herring salat (beet salad with herring)

  • 3 can
    sliced beets, drained and chopped (15 oz cans)
  • 1 md
    apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 2 md
    red potatoes, boiled, peeled, diced
  • 2 lg
    dill pickles, finely chopped
  • 3-4 oz
    pickled herring, finely chopped (either creamy or in wine is fine)
  • 4 oz
    cooked chicken, finely chopped (left over beef can be used instead)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 c
    lite mayonnaise
  • 1-2 Tbsp
    stone ground mustard
  • 1
    hard boiled egg (for decoration)

How To Make herring salat (beet salad with herring)

  • 1
    The trick to this is to get everything chopped to be relatively uniform in size. Then just mix everything together. Chill before serving.
  • 2
    To be extra fancy, make a design with the minced egg white and crumbled egg yolks on top of the salad.