My Dad's Herring-and-Beets Salad Recipe

In Germany, this kind of Herring salad is traditionally offered at New Year's Eve parties, with the leftovers served on New Year's Day.

First, prepare the marinade:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp cane sugar

  • 2 tsp herbes de provence

  • 1 large onion, diced

Mix the ingredients well, then set it aside.

Next, mix the remaining ingredients in a large bowl:

  • 10 soused herring halves (lightly pickled, "Matjes" style)

  • 1/2 lbs cooked potatoes, peeled and diced

  • 1 jar of pickled red beets, diced

  • Optional: 1/2 lbs pork loin, pan fried & diced

  • 5 hard boiled eggs, diced

  • 1 apple, diced

  • 1/2 lbs Swiss cheese, finely diced

  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely diced

  • 1 small jar of capers

  • 1/3 lbs sour cream

  • 1/2 bunch of chives, chopped

  • 1/2 bunch of dill, chopped

Finally, add the marinade, mix everything together, and put it in the fridge for at least 6 hours before serving.