This beautifully layered salad brings together fresh, earthy vegetables and the humble herring fish for an exquisitely beautiful dish.
Herring Fish and Vegetable Salad, traditionally known as Slavic Herring Shuba.
Shuba = fur coat salad.
It’s a classic Russian dish that consists of beautiful layers of root vegetables and humble herring fish. Though it is featured on many Russian tables during the holidays, it is a delicious recipe all year round.
And I know what you’re probably thinking. This recipe looks way too intimidating. I get that. The layers give off a vibe that screams “professionals only.” But I think you could nail this on your first try.
There are just a few things you need to keep in mind:
Focus on the layers
It’s really what this dish is all about. You can’t just layer your ingredients in any random way. I mean, technically you could – but it won’t give you the perfect flavor and it certainly won’t produce a sturdy shuba that stays intact after serving.
I’ll make it easy for you:
Potatoes – Herring – Mayonnaise – Green Onions – Carrots – Eggs – Beets – Mayonnaise
The heavy potatoes are best at the bottom because they’ll help produce the sturdiest shuba. The additional layer of mayonnaise on top helps seal the beets.
Let it set
It’s tempting to dig right in, and perhaps you could. But. And there’s a big but. If you let your layered salad set in the refrigerator for about 3-4 hours, it’ll be worth the wait. Your layers will come together beautifully and your salad is much less likely to just droop and fall when you cut into it.
This is such a fun recipe to create and devour. No need to wait for those special occasions either. It’s just as delicious to eat on a random Wednesday.
Not a fan of herring fish? That’s okay! Though herring is what goes in the classic dish, you can swap it out for smoked salmon. It’s equally delicious.
Here are some more salads easy to make at home:
This Quick and Easy Spicy Tomato Salad with Chickpeas is great to make when you don’t have a lot of time.
A Korean Style Cabbage Salad with Easy Dressing is a family favorite in our home!
Simple Traditional Herring Salad with Layered Vegetables
- 3 red beets, boiled, peeled, & grated
- 4 eggs, hard boiled, peeled, & grated
- 4 potatoes, boiled, peeled, & grated
- 1½ Tbsp mayonnaise, or to taste
- ½ lb herring fish, boneless, chopped
- 1 Tbsp green onion, chopped
- Boil beets, potatoes and carrots in one pot until soft.
- Boil eggs for 5-7 minutes.
- Chop green onion.
- Chop up the herring fish into very small pieces.
- After the vegetables have boiled, cool them down in the refrigerator or on the counter top.
- Prepare a shallow dish for the salad.
- Peel and grate the potatoes onto the bottom of the dish.
- On top of the potato, add chopped boneless herring fish.
- Spread 1-2 Tablespoons of mayonnaise on the fish, then sprinkle green onion on top.
- Grate the peeled carrots on top of the mayonnaise and onion.
- On top of the carrots grate hard boiled eggs.
- Peel and grate red beets and add on top of the eggs.