Here we are again with yet another food confession: until about a month ago, I had never eaten herring. Incredibly shameful for a Dutch person, I know. Don’t even ask me why. Anyway, when Cheese and I were wandering down the market a few weeks ago, she finally convinced me to try one. I instantly regretted having missed so many herrings in my life.. As Cheese put it really nicely, the experience is like a cheap and fast version of sashimi, which we both love. Ever since that first time I have been trying to catch up on my lack of herring experiences, so I made a lovely salad that could serve as a full meal. While herring already is great on its own, it goes really really well with beets, potato and a creamy dill dressing. To make this salad a little more crazy, I added fried pickles. Yeah, you heard that right – they’re a pickle lover’s dream!
Salad for two
○ 2 Dutch herrings ○ 1 large cooked beet ○ 400 g potato slices ○ 1 shallot ○ pickles ○ 2 stalks of dill ○ 200 ml Greek yoghurt ○ juice of half a lemon ○ 150g salad greens of your choice (e.g. watercress, baby spinach or romaine) ○ 1 egg ○ 1/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
In a pan over medium high heat, add some olive oil and the potato slices. Fry until they are golden brown on both sides, about 10 minutes. In the mean time, bread the pickles: dip them in a layer of beaten egg, then breadcrumbs. Fry them over medium high heat for about 1-2 minutes per side until golden brown. For the dressing, finely dice some more pickle (about a tablespoon’s worth) and the shallot, then cut up the dill and add everything to the yoghurt. Squeeze in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Slice up the beet (I used pre-boiled beets) and herring into the desired size. To plate up, add the potato, beet and herring over a bed of salad, top with the fried pickles and spoon over some of the dressing.
This herring salad might sound a little bit crazy but I promise you it has converted me into a salad lover. We usually aren’t the biggest fans of salads, but this one has it all – fish, carbs and something fried.. aka all the things we love in life!