Although there´s yet no sign of spring here in Estonia (in fact, it´s snowing today), I was soooo craving for this herring and cottage cheese salad. Which is typically in Estonians menus on late springs and summers, when our local food stores, markets and farmers start to offer fresh veggies again.
Yay! The cucumbers, the radishes, and the greens, lots and lots of greens. ALL crunchy and colorful and tasty.
However, we live in the era of international trading these days, so we get to buy the cucumbers and radishes and paprikas all year round. What actually is a good thing, as I can make this salad whenever I want (nothing beats the fresh local veggies, though).
I personally don´t know any Estonian who doesn´t absolutely love this salad. It has been on our dinner tables for many decades. And I just mention here, that even if you´re not the biggest salted herrings fan, then with this salad you´ll become one.
That´s a rock solid thing.
So, let´s do it!
Basic ingredients are the salted herring, sour cream and cottage cheese. As regards the other components, you can be as playful as you please.
I myself like to use fresh cucumber (spring ones are the best), red paprika, boiled eggs and a bunch of greens. On summertime I also add some radish or local ripe tomatoes.
Mild sour cream and cottage cheese, crunchy veggies and salty herring…AND don´t forget the spring onions, dill and parsley. They add all the freshness you´ll ever need.
Talk about the colors, textures and flavors!
With this salad you´ll get it in every spoonful.
Herring And Cottage Cheese Salad
Yield: 3-4 persons Total time: 30 min
• 1 small red paprika
• 2 hardboiled eggs
• 180g (0.7 cups) mild salt herring fillets
• 380g (1.5 cups) cottage cheese
• 250g (1 cup) sour cream
• 150g (0.33 pounds) long cucumber
• Salt to taste
• Greens to taste: spring onion, parsley, dill
All the quantities are approximate, you´re welcome to add the ingredients according to your own taste. I usually make it from ingredients stated above.
Mince cucumber, paprika, eggs and herrings into small pieces (I like to keep my pieces smaller than 1cm/0.4″). Put the minced ingredients in the bowl, add cottage cheese, sour cream, the greens and salt. Mix well and then give the salad a bit of time to season.
Serve with fresh hot potatoes.