To my great surprise I recently managed to buy pink Atlantic matjes in oil brine in a nearby store. The fillets turned out to be of very good quality, the herring was tasty and the meat had a firm, almost perfect structure. I prepared a simple salad with it, to which I also added pickled cucumber, eggs and red onion. I seasoned the salad with salt, pepper, sour cream and mayonnaise.
Ingredients for pink herring salad.
- 500 g pink matjes herring in oil brine
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 100 g red onion
- 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons of sour cream
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- a pinch of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
- 100 g pickled cucumber (with skin removed)
How to make pink herring salad.
Wipe the herring with a paper towel to remove excess oil, then cut it into approximately 1.5 centimetre wide pieces.
Dice the red onion into small cubes, put it in a bowl and add the apple cider vinegar. Mix and set aside for 10 minutes.
Cut hard-boiled eggs into small cubes.
Cut the pickled cucumber into small cubes or grate it on a large-mesh grater.
Combine the herring pieces, eggs, cucumber, onion, a pinch of salt, cream and mayonnaise in a bowl. Mix. Sprinkle the salad with freshly ground pepper on top. Before serving, chill it in the fridge.
Good to know when making pink herring salad.
I didn’t squeeze the juice out from peeled pickles. If you want the sauce to be thicker, then squeeze out the juice. Personally, I did not mind the more runny consistency of the sauce in this case.
If you fail to buy matjes herring, replace them with any type of herring in oil brine.
The eggs I used for the salad were large – I was boiling them for 9 minutes.
Do you like dishes with herring? If so, try our recipe for Herring in cream sauce with apple and onion.