Friday, February 14, 2014

Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad

Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad

A quick side dish or simple lunch of roasted beets tossed with picked herring in wine sauce. Two ingredients and a few minutes to throw it together and you have a vibrant bowl of flavor.

Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad | Farm Fresh Feasts

You didn't think I'd let a Valentine's day go by without beets, did you?

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There are many ways to show love.

Even though this is a food blog, I do other things besides cook to show my love.  Earlier this week I showed my love for my spouse by cleaning out the refrigerator.  True, I did get a side bonus by having a clean refrigerator, free of unknown items science experiments moldering about in the back.  But, if left to my own devices, I would have spent that time working on a different project.

I chose to show love instead.

Last year, while writing about the holiday of love, I encouraged you to show your love to  your family and friends by preparing a pizza for vegans, vegetarians, or omnivores.

On Monday, I asked you to show your love to hungry children you'll never meet by donating $10 to #feedsouthafrica.  If you didn't have a chance to donate, you can still do so here.  We're more than halfway to our goal of providing 100 kids lunch for an entire year, and if each of the participating food bloggers could get just one reader to donate--we'd be there!

Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad | Farm Fresh Feasts

Today, I want to talk about showing love to yourself.

I am the only one in my household who likes pickled herring and pickled beets.  Sure, my family will eat the herring with me on Christmas Eve, and they eat beets in a variety of dishes, but they don't like it like I do.  So I very rarely eat this, even though I enjoy it.

This dish is one way I treat myself, perhaps a winter version of my Sautéed Beet Greens and Spring Onions with a fried egg.  I can roast [technically, I'm oven steaming] a bunch of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share beets at once, freeze some for later use, and chop up one to make myself a bowl of this salad.  I like to eat it for breakfast, lunch, or a snack.  The rich red color delights me as much as the briny, tangy taste, and I thought it would be pretty for a Valentine's day recipe.

If you've never tried pickled herring in wine sauce--only buy a teeny tiny jar to start, or get a bit at a deli counter.  It's a taste I acquired after many years of starting our Christmas Eve smorgasbord glaring at the pieces of fish I'd been served, and daintily eating a bit of lettuce and some pickled onion while impatiently waiting to ditch the first plate and get to the good stuff--Swedish Meatballs.  My palate and I have matured, though, and now I buy giant jars of pickled herring at Costco and I treat myself to the whole jar--one bowl at a time.

Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad | Farm Fresh Feasts

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Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad (for one)


  • 1 large beet, scrubbed, rubbed with oil, wrapped in foil and roasted until tender (45-75 minutes)(this can be made ahead--even frozen and thawed for a quick snack)
  • ½ cup pickled herring and onions in wine sauce [I like Vita brand--no sponsorship. As if.]


  1. Chop roasted beet into bite sizes pieces.  Place in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir in pickled herring and onion. 
  3. Let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes until beet is flavored with pickling juices from the herring.  
  4. Dig in and enjoy.
Quick Pickled Beet and Herring Salad | Farm Fresh Feasts


  1. You are a good woman, cleaning out the fridge for your man. I'd marry you in a heartbeat if I wasn't already taken. How's that for love?!

    1. Meghan,
      That's love. For sure. Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. This recipe with pickled herring makes my Russian heart very happy. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Lena,
      I am glad to make your Russian heart happy! My Scandinavian heart is happy too! :)
      Thanks for stopping by!