German Herring Salat Recipe
Pickled Herring Salad

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This is my family's recipe for making German Herring Salad, know to our family as Herring Salat. This recipe is from my children's grandmother, Gertrude Zemp. A recipe that her mother used to make every Christmas in Germany. I know there are many variations of Herring Salad around the world, but this is our family's version - so good!

We always make this dish for Christmas Eve every year. It is very easy to do, and as the herring is already "pickled," it holds up well in the refrigerator.

Herring Salat, Herring Salad

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German Herring Salat - Pickled Herring Salad Recipe:

Recipe Type: Fish, Apples, Pickles
Cuisine: German
Yields: makes a large amount
Prep time: 20 min


1 (26- to 32-ounce) large jar marinated wine-flavored pickled herring pieces*
2 large tart apples, cored, unpeeled and chopped into large pieces
2 large dill pickles, chopped
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper
Rye bread, sliced

* Feel free to add or delete the amount of marinated herring used, according to your family's taste. Pickled herring can be found in most large grocery stores during the Christmas season.


Drain the marinated juice from the jar of marinated herring pieces and place in a small bowl; set aside. The juice will be used to make the dressing.

Remove herring from jar and place in the bowl of a food processor. Lightly process for a few seconds until the herring is just coarsely chopped. Remove herring from food processor and place in a large bowl.

Add chopped apples and pickles to the now empty food processor bowl; process until just coarsely chopped. Add apple/pickle mixture into the chopped herring; stirring to combine.

Herring Salad Ingredients

herring salat mixture

herring salat mixture

Herring Salad Ingredients Coarsely-chopped herring Coarsely-chopped apples and pickles

HerringTo make the dressing, add the olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper to the set aside juice; whisk to combine.

Add the prepared dressing to the herring mixture and stir to combine.

Cover and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve with rye bread.

Makes a large amount.


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