Mutti's Potato and Herring Salad Recipe – Kartoffel und Heringsalat

This Potato and Herring Salad recipe, aka Kartoffel-und-Heringsalat, comes from my Mutti's handwritten cookbook. 

To differentiate this salad from potato salad, Mutti would add slices of pickled red beets.

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time


Total Time

15 minutes


Makes 4 - 6 servings


  • 6 tablespoons (90 grams) sour cream
  • 1½ tablespoons (22.5 milliliters) lemon juice
  • 1½ pounds (681 grams) cooked potatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup (150 grams) diced pickled herring
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 1 15-ounce (425-gram) can whole beets, drained and diced
  • minced parsley and chives, to taste
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. In a large bowl, mix together the sour cream and lemon juice.
  2. Add the potatoes, herring, and celery and toss gently.
  3. Add the beets and toss gently.
  4. Season with parsley, chives, salt, and pepper.
  5. Serve chilled.


  • Use the pickled herring that's sold in jars. Drain well and cut the herring into smaller pieces. If onions are in the jar, chop these and add to the salad as well.
  • If the pickled herring you've bought still has the backbones in them, you'll need to remove them. Just cut along the backbone and pull the flesh away from it.
  • Add some diced onions or green onions.
  • The potatoes, herring, and beets can be sliced or cubed instead.

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05.13.2023 revision update