Mutti's Herring Salad Recipe

Mutti's Herring Salad

This Herring Salad recipe, aka Heringsalat, is one of Mutti's quick and easy dinner recipes that even we kids could make. My own kids love pickles, cream, and sweet and sour.  This herring recipe has it all. It's a traditional German food that's so easy and fast.

If you're looking for quick German appetizer recipes, just follow the recipe below for the herring salad. Serve it with crackers or crusty bread.

Mutti's German Herring Salad Recipe


  • 1 jar (about 500 ml) herring, drained (see hints below)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 - 4 dill pickles, sliced (optional)
  • fresh dill (optional)


  • Herring should be in bite-sized pieces
  • Stir in the sour cream. Add more if needed
  • Add the dill pickle slices and stir
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed
  • Serves 2 - 3


  • Add some sliced pickled beets for color
  • I use "Herring Fillets in Wine Marinade"
  • Use low fat sour cream or plain yogurt
  • Sprinkle with fresh dill

Herring Salad Tips

  • Use pickled herring that you get in jars. Drain well, keeping the onions with the herring.
  • Mix with the sour cream, add pickles if you wish, and that's it.
  • Remember to always keep a jar of pickled herring in the fridge for those really busy days when you need a quick dinner idea or as part of your quick and easy appetizer recipes. 

Fast, easy, delicious, and very traditional, why not try it for supper tonight!

Quick Dinner Idea ...

If you want to turn this into a quick lunch or dinner, then serve it with potatoes. For our family that's all it takes. Herring salad and potatoes -- that's all.

German Fish Recipe: herring salad

Especially useful after a day at work and shopping and in need of something delicious and quick.

First I'd put the potatoes on to boil.

Even faster, though, I'd do them in the microwave. Using new potatoes was best.

While they were cooking, the salad would be started and finished. A super supper ready in almost no time at all. 

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