Grandma's herring salad classic recipe

The cult meal for Christmas or New Year's Eve!
Grandma's herring salad classic recipe

This classic herring salad recipe is a true winter wonder and is perfect for cold days. This recipe was passed down from my grandma and has been a festive dish in my family for generations, especially served at Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or as a super delicious lunch on a gloomy day. Although herring salad is classically prepared with whole fillets, you can cut them into bite-sized pieces. By the way, it is perfect as a hangover breakfast after the holidays.

In this recipe, I use fresh ingredients to create a wintry dish that also gets a slight tartness from the addition of apple, dill and mayonnaise. The dressing is made from cream, mustard, vinegar and spices and provides a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. The herring salad with apple tastes great as a delicious side dish with potatoes or as a main course and also cuts a fine figure at the buffet. You can enjoy it as a spread or snack between meals. Be sure to try this dish and see for yourself its delicate simplicity!

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Cook Time2 min
  • Perform Time15 min
  • Total Time22 min
  • Yield1 bowl
  • Serving Size100 g
  • Energy167 cal
  • Cuisine
    • deutsch
  • Course
  • Cooking Method
    • Blend
  • Suitable for Diet
    • Keto

The ingredients for the classic herring salad

The ingredients for the classic herring salad

  • 4 pieces pickled maties herring fillets
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 apple (green)
  • 1 gherkins
  • 1 – 2 tsp dill (fresh or frozen)
  • 100 g sour cream
  • 100 g sour cream
  • 50 g mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Sugar

Required utensils

  • Bowl
  • Kitchen knife
For the salad, briefly rinse the matjes fillets under running water and pat dry. Then set aside on a paper towel for later use.
Peel and finely dice or chop onion and cucumber.
Wash the apple, quarter it and also dice it and put everything in a bowl.
Cut the herring in half again lengthwise and add to the bowl as well.
For the salad cream: Mix sour cream, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, a little sugar and dill and season with apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper.
Add the salad dressing over the remaining ingredients and mix everything well. Season again briefly and let stand well in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. Ready is your herring salad like from grandma.
Tip / Note:

If you want a lighter salad dressing, you can use yogurt instead of sour cream. To top it off, fry a few fillets in a pan until crispy and serve as a side dish.

  • Nährwerte

  • 4 servings per container
  • Serving Size100 g
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories167
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat13.3 g78 g17.05%
  • Cholesterol44 mg300 mg14.67%
  • Total Carbohydrate167 g275 g60.73%
  • Dietary Fiber0.5 g28 g1.79%
  • Total Sugars2.5 g
  • Protein8 g50 g16%
  • Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)9.1784 IU800 IU1.15%
  • Calcium41.6 mg1300 mg3.2%
  • Iron0.6 mg18 mg3.33%
  • Potassium186.7 mg4700 mg3.97%
  • Vitamin A0.0684 mcg900 mcg0.01%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)4.2 mg90 mg4.67%
  • Vitamin E (Tocopherol)1.2 IU33 IU3.64%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.0407 mg1.2 mg3.39%
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.1 mg1.3 mg7.69%
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)0.2 mg1.7 mg11.76%
  • Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)3.96 mcg2.4 mcg165%
  • Phosphorus122.9 mg1250 mg9.83%
  • Iodine0.014055 mcg150 mcg0.01%
  • Magnesium17.7 mg420 mg4.21%
  • Zinc0.5 mg11 mg4.55%
  • Copper0.1 mg0.9 mg11.11%
  • Chloride102 mg2300 mg4.43%
  • Salz g6 g0%

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Klassischer Herringssalat nach Omas Art mit Matjesfilets

What is the shelf life of herring salad?

When you buy herring fillets from the fish counter, they are raw fish. For this reason, you should always serve the Nordic classic fresh and never store it in the refrigerator for more than 2 to 3 days.

Pregnant women should be especially careful with recipes that use raw fish, as it may be contaminated with listeria, which can lead to listeriosis. Should you not want to give up your herring salad despite pregnancy, you can resort to canned food. These are previously heated to 70 °C, thereby killing the pathogens.

If you catch your own herring for this delicious salad, be sure to freeze it before eating, as the fish may be infested with the so-called herring worm (anisakis). These die at a temperature below -20 °C or during baking / frying. Soaking in brine does not render the parasites harmless.

Can you freeze herring salad?

Here there is a very clear answer: No! The freezing process damages the cell walls of the fish fillets, causing water to leak out. This not only makes the herring salad lose flavor, but also gives it a mushy consistency.

What is the difference with red herring salad?

This popular grandma’s style variant differs mainly in that it gets its color from beet. This is cooked and added to the salad as small pieces. The aroma of beets gives the recipe a delicious taste.

Which side dishes go best?

Here are some ideas for side dishes that are perfect with this recipe and give it the finishing touch:

  • Fried potatoes
  • fried herring fillets
  • Jacket potatoes
  • boiled eggs
  • Leaf salad
  • Black bread with dill butter
  • Pickled cucumbers

Let your creativity run wild and try out which side dishes suit you best. From roasted potatoes to fruity fruit, there are many ways you can make this delicate recipe.

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