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    Danish "Sillsallet" (Herring Salad)

    Danish "Sillsallet" (Herring Salad). Photo by Bergy

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    Bergy's Note:

    Traditional part of a Danish smorgasbord. Always part of Christmas buffet. Lovely color and great taste (if you like pickled herring)

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    • 1 (1 lb) jar pickled, sliced beet (reserve liquid)
    • 3/4 cup marinated wine flavored herring tidbits (about a 6 to 8 oz jar or tin)
    • 1 medium tart apple
    • 1/2 lb potato, peeled and boiled & cooled
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped dill pickle
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped


    1. 1
      Chop the herring, potatoe, beets and apple into 1/4" pieces.
    2. 2
      Mix together.
    3. 3
      Blend in the dill pickle, onion and add a bit of the reserved beet liquid.
    4. 4
      The salad should have a firm consistency.
    5. 5
      Put the ingredients into a bowl, pack down well, cover and refrigerate at least over night or up to 2 days.
    6. 6
      Serve with Danish rye bread and hard boiled eggs as part of a smorgasbord.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 10, 2010


      I love this recipe. It is so nutritious, particularly for older people, as beetroot is now known to help dementia and brain function, not to mention the herring. I use fresh beetroot. Always a winner.

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    • on January 21, 2009


      Delicious! I made it with preroasted baby beets from Trader Joe's. And used red onion.

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    • on September 20, 2009


      I made this for my progressive dinner group as an appetizer. The presentation was very colorful and I had raves throughout from the group. I could not find the marinated herring so I opted for smoked herring; drained the oil and covered the fish with red wine and allowed it to marinate overnight. I doubled the recipe and used 5-6 small potatoes. I also added sea salt and white pepper to taste.

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    Nutritional Facts for Danish "Sillsallet" (Herring Salad)

    Serving Size: 1 (167 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 122.2
    Calories from Fat 3
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 320.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 28.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
    Sugars 14.4 g
    Protein 3.4 g

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    herring tidbits

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