Danish "Sillsallet" (Herring Salad)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 10 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 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.


Most Helpful

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.

Bibelot November 10, 2010

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

Ivy Food Sleuth January 21, 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.

Norma M. September 20, 2009

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