Potato beetroot and herring salad

    1 hour 55 min

    This classic Russian salad is traditionally served during every Russian holiday. Grated potatoes, onion, carrots, beetroots, mayonnaise and herring are layered on top of each other. It's the perfect salad to enjoy anytime of the year.

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    Serves: 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

    Prep: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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    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  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Shuba!! Love this. It may not be an American taste, but it is delicious! Thanks for the recipe Evgeniya!  -  05 Apr 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    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  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)