Sildesalat - Pickled herring salad


Sildesalat, or pickled herring salad, is a traditional Norwegian dish that is often served as a starter or as part of a smorgasbord. This salad is made with pickled herring, potatoes, apples, onions, and a creamy dressing, and it has a tangy and refreshing flavor. In this article, we'll take you through the steps of making sildesalat at home, so you can enjoy this classic Norwegian dish with your friends and family. 




For the salad:

  • 1 lb pickled herring fillets, drained and chopped
  • 4 boiled potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Step 1: Prepare the salad

In a large bowl, combine the chopped pickled herring, boiled potatoes, chopped apples, chopped red onion, and chopped fresh dill.

Step 2: Make the dressing

In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, salt, and pepper until the dressing is smooth and creamy.

Step 3: Add the dressing to the salad

Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to coat.

Step 4: Chill the salad

Cover the salad with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours, to allow the flavors to meld together.

Step 5: Serve the salad

Serve the sildesalat cold as a starter or as part of a smorgasbord.

Tips and Tricks

  • If you can't find pickled herring fillets, you can use canned or jarred herring instead.
  • Feel free to add additional vegetables or fruits to the salad, such as cucumber, beets, or oranges.
  • You can use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a lighter version of the dressing.
  • This salad can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • You can serve the salad with rye bread or crackers for dipping.


Sildesalat, or pickled herring salad, is a classic Norwegian dish that is easy to make and full of flavor. With its tangy and refreshing taste, this salad is perfect as a starter or as part of a smorgasbord. Whether you're a fan of pickled herring or you're trying it for the first time, sildesalat is a dish that is sure to please. So next time you're in the mood for something a little different, give this Norwegian salad a try – you won't be disappointed!

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