Sunday, September 25, 2011

Herring under Fur Coat (Selyodka pod Shuboj)

Last week my friend gave me some beets and I just had an idea what to do with them. I decided to make a salad that is very common in Russia. It is literally translated Herring under Fur Coat. The basic idea is putting layers of herring, potatoes, carrots, eggs and beets together. The dressing is mayonnaise. We usually use regular mayo for this recipe. But this time I used light canola mayonnaise made without eggs. It is a good calorie saver - 35 calories per tablespoon versus 100 calories in regular mayonnaise. The salad did taste lighter this time but it is a good alternative for those who watch cholesterol and calories. Below are the steps on how to make this herring beet salad.


3 beets, boiled and peeled
3 carrots, boiled and peeled
2 potatoes, boiled and peeled
2 eggs, hard-boiled
1 package of salted herring, usually sold in European (Russian) food stores
10-15 tablespoons of mayonnaise (light or regular), more if needed
parsley for decoration


1. Take herring out of a package, rinse with cold water and pat dry. Remove skin if needed. Chop herring into small cubes and spread in a bowl in a round layer.

2. Next, using a shredder shred potatoes on top of the herring layer and spread 3 tablespoons of mayo on top.

3. Third layer is eggs. Again shred eggs on top of potatoes and put 2 tablespoons of mayo on top.

4. Fourth layer is carrots. Again shred carrots on top of eggs. Spread another tablespoon of mayo on top.

5. The last layer is beets. Shred beets on top of carrots and form a dome. Spread the rest of the mayo on top of beets.

6. Decorate the top with some chopped parsley. Keep salad in a fridge for several hours before serving. Tonight I served it with another Russian/Uzbek dish called Manti, the recipe for which I will post in few weeks. Note that you can use more mayonnaise. I try and save on calories by using less of it.

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