Dressed herring (Herring under a fur coat)

Dressed herring or colloquially known as herring under a fur coat is a Russian salad that appeared in the middle of the 20th century. Like any salad of the Soviet times, it consists of simple ingredients and has an incredibly simple recipe. Place the diced herring fillet on a dish or a flat plate in a thin layer and arrange a "fur coat" atop: the layers of cut-up or thickly grated boiled vegetables (beets, carrots, potatoes, onions), eggs, apples (unlike other ingredients, apple must be raw), mayonnaise and cheese. As a witty and widespread Russian legend has it, the name of the salad is an abbreviation with an encrypted communist slogan. Unfortunately, this is just a spoof story basted up by journalists in the 2000s.


  • Potatoes – 3 pcs.
  • eggs – 2 pcs.
  • carrots – 3 pcs.
  • beets – 2 pcs.
  • salt – to taste
  • pickled herring – 2 pcs.
  • mayonnaise – 200 g
  • apples – 2 pcs.
  • onion – 1 bulb.

Preparation method (receipt)

Butcher the herring and cut into small pieces. Wash potatoes, carrots and beetroot and boil in their jackets until done. Let them cool. Peel all the vegetables and apple and grate coarsely, chop the onion. Boil eggs hard and fine grate. Put half of the potatoes on a large dish, then a layer of herring and onion, cover with mayonnaise. Further put a layer of carrots, half beets and eggs. Slightly salt each layer and soak with mayonnaise. Put the remaining potatoes and apples as a last layer. Put the remaining beets atop and on each side. Level the surface out, cover with mayonnaise and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

potatoes eggs carrots beets salt pickled herring mayonnaise apples onion