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!
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 - Pickled Herring Salad Recipe:
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
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon coarse
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
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
Coarsely-chopped apples and pickles
To 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.