Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Swedish Beetroot Herring Salad Recipe

Swedish Beetroot Herring Salad 
I tried beetroot and herring salad sometime ago, it was one of those prepared salads sold at the supermarket. I was blown away, I wondered how something so simple could be so delicious. The salad is a very happy marriage between sweet beet, salty herring and creamy dressing, a blissful marriage. Of course this works well in the salad world, it cannot work so well in our world. Polygamy is frowned upon in many cultures and a criminal offence in many countries!

Back to the salad, the one from the supermarket was dressed in mayonnaise and sour cream. These were not present in my refrigerator, I used thick cultured milk instead and it worked great. The supermarket salad was well dressed, slightly overdressed I would say, mine on the other hand was scantily clad. That’s how I prefer it. To finish off, a few drops of hot sauce helped liven up the party. Sweet, salty, creamy, hot, delicious and nutritious, and very easy to prepare. 

This salad is usually eaten during Christmas but there is no reason why you cannot eat it the rest of the year!

Recipe adopted from Scandinavia Food

4 boiled Beetroots
2 pickled herring fillets (or more or less, depending on your perference)
2 apples with pips removed
½ red onion
1 tablespoon capers
1 cup crème fraîche (or sour cream)
2 tbs mayonnaise
½ tsp horseradish or wasabi paste (or hot sauce)
½ tbs lemon juice (or vinegar)
½ tbs olive oil

1. Peel and dice the apple and beetroots. Finely chop the red onion.
2. Mix all the ingredients and let cool for at least 3 hours.


  1. I've got all the ingredients; I will cook it this week!
    I'm sure we will love!

  2. I love beetroot and herring combination. I must make your salad very soon!
    I think herring is missing in the ingredients... Have you used salted herring in oil or vinegared one?

  3. spécialiste de l'éphémère: great, I hope you will love it

    Sissi: thank you for noticing - a herring less herring salad.I used plain pickled herring (it was pickled in vinegar)

  4. Yum. Have commented over at Three Cookies but this looks so good, just wanted to say so again!

  5. Oh, that is lovely! i make something very similar at home. Yummy!



  6. Humm fish and beets. The pictures are stunning but it sounds like a Scandinavian or Russian recipe...that I have problems with. But that is meet


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