Fruity Fresh Herring Salad with Yogurt Dressing

herring salad

 

The fifth season ended last week and Ash Wednesday heralded Lent. Many people in Germany traditionally eat herring salad on that day because there is no meat in it and … Honestly, I have forgotten all the other reasons. I will just speculate a bit and say that people may need something salty after the carnival season to get back on their feet. In my opinion a clever and pretty good reason! Surely there are more (and probably more profound ones), on which this tradition is based, since my brain refuses to cooperate, we will just leave it that way.

Besides, you will not only find the hearty salad in my home Germany, it is also liked in many other European countries. Especially in the north herring salad is very popular. Which is hardly surprising, since the main ingredient, the herring is really good to get when you are by the North Sea. When we are on vacation in Denmark, we have the delicacy from the sea daily and in various forms. Just thinking about one of those herring sandwiches makes my mouth water: so delicious!

 

herring salad

 

A well-known Swedish furniture giant even sells the fish snacks in his shops. The small glasses are kind of one-woman- / one-man-herring salad and really recommendable, especially with pancakes. Sounds weird, but it is honestly delicious.

Unfortunately, we do not live by the North Sea, we do not even live near a sea. Fortunately, there is the well-proven technique of pickling and thus I am able to get the delicious fish for my herring salad here in Tennessee as well. Which is great and makes me really happy! I enjoy the hearty, light taste so much and I do not want to miss the dish. If you also want to make the recipe for my Fruity Fresh Herring Salad with Yogurt Dressing, let me tell you that it is totally fine if you try it on one of the other 364 days of the year. Enjoy, lovelies!

 

herring salad

 

INGREDIENTS (for 2 to 3 person)

12 oz herring

6 small pickled cucumbers (cornichons)

1 apple

1 lemon

6,3 oz greek yogurt

2 tsp horse radish

4 tbsp apple vinegar

2 tbsp canola oil

salt + pepper

parsley

 

PREPARATION

For the dressing, take a large bowl into which is big enough for all ingredients. Stir in yogurt, horseradish and apple vinegar, season with salt and pepper. Let stand for a few minutes, until the salt has dissolved.

 

herring salad

 

Meanwhile, cut the herring into bite sized pieces and the cucumber into small cubes (0.1”). Quarter the apple, remove the core and dice it as well. Squeeze the lemon and mix with the small-cut apple. Incidentally, the technical term for the dice are Brunoise and, what a surprise, are based in the French cuisine. I am still practicing and hope you forgive me that my Brunoise are still a bit inconsistent. The effect is the same despite the lack of uniformity: it looks great and the taste of the two ingredients is evenly distributed throughout the salad.

 

herring salad

 

Add the oil to the dressing and stir again. Chop the parsley and mix well with. Let the herring salad rest in the refrigerator for one to two hours. Enjoy with a piece of homemade bread, boiled potatoes or even some pancakes.

 

Fruity Fresh Herring Salad with Yogurt Dressing

02/20/2018
: 2 to 3 person

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Ingredients
  • 12 oz herring
  • 6 small pickled cucumbers (cornichons)
  • 1 apple
  • 1 lemon
  • 6,3 oz greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp horse radish
  • 4 tbsp apple vinegar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • salt + pepper
  • parsley
Directions
  • Step 1 For the dressing, take a large bowl into which is big enough for all ingredients. Stir in yogurt, horseradish and apple vinegar, season with salt and pepper. Let stand for a few minutes, until the salt has dissolved.
  • Step 2 Meanwhile, cut the herring into bite sized pieces and the cucumber into small cubes (0.1”). Quarter the apple, remove the core and dice it as well. Squeeze the lemon and mix with the small-cut apple. Incidentally, the technical term for the dice are Brunoise and, what a surprise, are based in the French cuisine. I am still practicing and hope you forgive me that my Brunoise are still a bit inconsistent. The effect is the same despite the lack of uniformity: it looks great and the taste of the two ingredients is evenly distributed throughout the salad.
  • Step 3 Add the oil to the dressing and stir again. Chop the parsley and mix well with. Let the herring salad rest in the refrigerator for one to two hours. Enjoy with a piece of homemade bread, boiled potatoes or even some pancakes.

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