This is our family's recipe for making German Herring Salad. This
recipe is from my children's grandmother, Gertrude Zemp. 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.
German Herring Salat - Herring Salad Recipe
Yields: makes a large amount
Prep time: 20 min
1 (26- to 32-ounce) large jar marinated wine-flavored herring pieces*
apples, cored, unpeeled and chopped into large pieces
2 large dill pickles, chopped
1/3 cup extra-virgin
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon coarse
1 teaspoon coarsely-ground black pepper
* Feel free to add
or delete the amount of marinated herring used, according to your family's taste.
Drain marinated juice from the jar of marinated herring pieces and place in a small bowl; set aside.
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; stir to combine.
Coarsely-chopped apples and pickles
To the marinated juice that has
been set aside, add olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper; whisk to
combine. Add 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.