Danish herring salad

Danish herring salad is an underrated dish! It tastes absolutely fantastic and it’s easy to make. You can serve homemade herring salad for Easter lunch or Christmas lunch, or just on a piece of rye bread if you want to make something extra delicious for lunch. Read on and get our recipe with beets and apple.

Danish herring salad on rye bread with boiled egg end cress

Perfect for easter or Christmas lunch

A good salad is always nice when we have Easter lunch or Christmas lunch. Everything from chicken salad to seafood salad and of course, egg salad.

Herring salad is a bit underrated here in Denmark, there don’t seem to be many people eating it anymore. That is a big mistake because it tastes so good and it’s easy to make.

In Sweden, large amounts of Swedish herring salad are still being eaten, which is apparently made with potatoes. The Danish kind of herring salad is pretty close to the german herring salad, so if you like that, you should try our recipe.

Here you get our version of a more fresh and light salad with herring, beets, and apples in a sour cream dressing. It’s super easy to make and perfect for an Easter lunch or a delicious spring lunch.

It’s delicious on rye bread with some cress on top.

herring salad with beets and apple on danish rye bread

Ingredient notes

Pickled herring – Pickled herring can be bought in most supermarkets. We buy whole fillets and cut them into the size we want.

Sour cream – The salad is made with sour cream dressing, which gives a fresh and tangy dressing.

Pickled beets – Pickled beets provide good flavor and also give a beautiful color.

Apple – The diced apples are fresh and go really well with the rich pickled herring.

How to make Danish herring salad?

It’s not difficult at all to make homemade herring salad.

Take the pickled herring fillets and let them drain well, then cut them into cubes.

Make the dressing with sour cream and mustard, which are seasoned with salt, sugar, and pepper. Finally, mix in diced apples, beets, and herring, and it’s ready to serve.

Serve it as part of lunch for Easter or Christmas, or simply enjoy it on rye bread as a delicious weekend lunch.

Find the full recipe further down this page.

plate with rye bread topped with danish herring salad, apple and cress

Frequently asked questions

How to store the salad?

The salad should be stored in the fridge

For how long can I store herring salad?

The salad can be stored in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. The color may change slightly if it sits for a while, but when it’s stirred before serving, it helps with the color.

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danish herring salad for easter or christmas lunch on rye bread

Tips and tricks for the recipe

  • If you want a richer dressing, you can replace some of the sour cream with mayonnaise. However, it’s not necessary, and the fatty herring goes well with the tangy sour cream dressing.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve your herring salad with freshly baked rye bread and boiled eggs, topped with a little bit of cress.
  • Serve the salad for Easter lunch or Christmas lunch as part of a larger lunch with warm and cold dishes.

Do you love herring?

Then you should also try our recipe for Pickled herring in mustard sauce
danish herring salat served with bread and boiled eggs
herring salad on rye bread with egg

Recipe for home made herring salad

Here you get our recipe for an easy and delicious herring salad with beets and apples. It’s a fresh and tasty salad that is great as a topping on rye bread open sandwich, or as a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at Easter lunch.

We hope you feel like trying to serve the salad for your family. It’s really easy to make, and it’s both a beautiful and delicious salad.

Danish herring salad on rye bread with boiled egg end cress

Danish herring salad

Recipe for Danish Herring Salad
Homemade sandwich spread with herring, beets, and apples. It is small pieces of herring in a sour cream dressing with beet and apple cubes, and it is delicious on a piece of rye bread. It is suitable for serving at Easter lunch or Christmas lunch.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Lunch
Cuisine Danish
Servings 4 people
Calories 257 kcal


  • 4 pickled herring fillets approximately 300 grams
  • 100 grams pickled beets
  • 1 apple
  • 2 dl sour cream
  • 1 tbsp sweet french mustard
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Pepper
  • Cress for garnish


  • Take the pickled herring fillets out of the brine and let them drip off on a piece of kitchen paper.
    4 pickled herring fillets
  • Cut the pickled beets and apple into small cubes. Cut the herring fillets into small cubes.
    100 grams pickled beets, 1 apple
  • Mix the sour cream with mustard. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar.
    2 dl sour cream, 1 tbsp sweet french mustard, 1 tsp sugar, ½ tsp salt, Pepper
  • Mix the herring, beets, and apples in the dressing, and garnish with some cress before serving.


Serving: 1personCalories: 257kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 15gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 554mgPotassium: 394mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 412IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Danish herring salad, Salad with pickled herring
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