Seledka pod shuboy (Herring under fur coat)

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In Russia, New Year is possibly the biggest public holiday of them all. The country literally shuts down from December 31st until Russian Orthodox Christmas on January 7th. Modes of welcoming in the New Year differ across the country – in the capital, it’s tradition to drink a glass of champagne in Red Square. But one unifying element, which has appeared on party tables everywhere since the mid 1980’s, is the much loved salad, “Selyodka Pod Shuboy”, a traditional layered salad made of finely chopped pickled herring, beets, carrots, potatoes and some type of dressing, either mayonnaise or a sour cream base.Served as an appetizer, it is always a big hit.

To the bemusement of foreigners, this literally translates as “Herring under a fur coat”. Be assured, while this traditional salad does indeed contain herring, traces of fur are still yet to be found! However the name does successfully evoke the heavy layering of vegetables that cover the herring. An alternative name is simply “dressed herring salad”.

Perfect for any special occasion. 6-8 servings, approx. 100 calories per serving.