Potato Beetroot Herring Salad

Potato Beetroot Herring Salad

This Potato Beetroot Herring Salad is a delicious and piquant recipe common in some European countries. You can serve it as a appetizer, but it is rather filling, so you can enjoy it as a main course, with some rye bread.

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Potato Beetroot Herring Salad

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!

As you can see, I chopped the vegetables quite roughly – kind of rustic way. Traditionally, the ingredients should be cubed finely which also allows the flavours to mingle better.

More Beetroot Recipes to Try

Vinaigrette (Vinegret) Salad

Beetroot Pine Nut Dip

Roasted Beetroot Hummus

Beetroot Horseradish Soup

I hope you like this Potato Beetroot Herring Salad, and you will give it a try. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me an Instagram message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Potato Beetroot Herring Salad

Potato Beetroot Herring Salad

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Salads, Main


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This Potato Beetroot Herring Salad is a delicious and piquant recipe common in some European countries. You can serve it as a appetizer, but it is rather filling, so you can enjoy it as a main course, with some rye bread.


  • 3 cups baked (or boiled), peeled, and roughly sliced (3 to 4 medium beets)

  • 3 cups mini potatoes, skins on – boiled in salted water until tender then drained (halved if desired)

  • 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups (140-200 gr.) pickled herrings, preferably with onions, drained

  • 1/2 cup (~120 gr.) sour cream (5 % or as desired)

  • 2 to 4 tbsp. mayonnaise

  • dill, chopped (optional)


  • In a large-medium bowl, combine cooked and sliced beets with the potatoes.
  • Add the drained herrings (roughly chop if large pieces) starting with one cup. Try and add the remaining 1/2 cup if desired. Mix to combine and let chill for one hour or longer (recommended), but you can serve it right away.
  • In a small bowl combine the sour cream and mayo. Add the dressing to the salad and mix well. Stir in the dill.
  • Serve with rye bread if desired. Keep leftovers refrigerated and covered for up to 2 days, but add the dressing before serving. Enjoy!


  • Please note that the ratio of the ingredients is approximate and could be adjusted to your liking. The quality and taste of the herrings (salt, marinade, vinegar, sugar, etc.) are very important as it varies, and you might need to add less or more of it for the best result. You can also cut the ingredients into smaller pieces.

6 thoughts on “Potato Beetroot Herring Salad

  1. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    That background is BEAUTIFUL, Ben! Love the bright, vibrant colour…which I need because it is cold and rainy here in Newfoundland. I think we skipped spring too. Oh well! Hubby and I love all types of seafood and we regularly have canned fish and the like on hand. Bet the herring pairs beautifully with the root veg. Talk about a nice n hearty meal! Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead and fingers crossed for some nice weather soon :)

  2. Laura says:

    I love your background board, Ben! That is my all-time favorite color and it certainly makes this gorgeous salad POP! I love beets, and the idea of adding the herrings sounds so so wonderful! I’ve been having a bit of a craving for rye bread, too, so this may appear on my table soon!

  3. David @ Spiced says:

    I’m impressed that you made that background board, Ben! I’ve purchased most of my backgrounds, but I’ve dabbled in making some props of my own using leftover pieces of wood. It’s not easy! Well done on the board and this recipe, my friend. It’s so colorful! I hear ya about the weather, too. It was so nice for a while there, and then all of a sudden it’s freezing again. (Literally freezing…we were below freezing here last night.) Come on Spring – where are you!?
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  4. neil@neilshealthymeals.com says:

    I always think that beetroot goes so well with fish. I’ve got a mackerel beetroot salad recipe that’s a favourite but I’ll need to give this herring one a go now too. Well done on making the background Ben, you clearly have much better artistic skills than I do. I have bought all mine and they weren’t cheap either. LOL.

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