Danish "Sillsallet" (Herring Salad)

Total Time
20 mins
10 mins

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


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