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How to Make Tasty Russian Beet Salad Recipes

Updated on August 21, 2014
Russian Koralevski Salad
Russian Koralevski Salad
Russian Beet Salad
Russian Beet Salad
Russian Koralevski Beet Salad with Samsa and Uzbek Carrot Salad
Russian Koralevski Beet Salad with Samsa and Uzbek Carrot Salad
Beets--Source:  Quadell
Beets--Source: Quadell
Grating the Garlic
Grating the Garlic

How to Make Tasty Russian Beet Salad

How to Make Tasty Russian Beet Salad

  1. Boil 5-6 large peeled whole beets and carrots in two separate pots
  2. Beets need to boil 50-60 minutes. Stick a fork in them at to check for doneness. If fork comes out easily beets are done. Carrots need to boil 15-20 minutes. Test for doneness the same way..
  3. Grate beets and carrots with a food (cheese) grater. Use the biggest set of holes. If you don't know what a food grater is, it's one of those four-sided thingies with different size holes on three sides, and one side for slicing stuff lilke cucumbers, and it has a handle on the top. See picture.
  4. Grate 4-5 cloves of garlic.
  5. Mix beets, carrots, and garlic together in a large bowl.
  6. Grate 2 oz of swiss cheese and mix in with the rest of the ingredients.
  7. Add 7 oz of Sunsweet California Prunes and 3 oz of raisins.
  8. Add 2 teaspoons of mayonise and mix everything together well.
  9. Put 1/2 lb of shelled walnuts in a plastic ziploc bag, seal, and crush them with a rolling pin.
  10. Garnish your beet salad with the crushed walnuts.
  11. Serve cold.

This is a great dish to serve on a hot summer day, because it is cold. It's also a great picnic food. Why not surprise your picnic guests this summer, because a tasty Russian beet salad is not a typical American picnic fare. To compliment this salad, perhaps some eggs pickled in red beet juice? We always serve this salad in our home or for picnics or whenever we have company. (Beware: Garlic order tends to linger longer-HD Mouthwash may be in order after eating).

I would suggest that if you are a new-comer to Russian beet salads, you should try this one first, before trying your hand at Solyedka Pod Shuboy. You may want to make sure you have some Russian guests at your table before you attempt the latter, as it is more of an acquired taste than Russian Koralevski salad.

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Russian Herring Under Fur Coat Salad (Soledka Pod Shobo)

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Russian Beet and Herring Salad, Cook and Prep Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 2 hours
Ready in: 3 hours
Yields: Serves 8

Selyodka Pod Shuboy Ingredients

  • 2 salted Herring Filets
  • 1 medium yellow onion, you can use any type of onion you wish
  • 5 potatoes
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 beets
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups mayonnaise

Nutrition Information for Selyodka Pod Shuboy (Herring Under Fur Coat)

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/8 (305 grams)
Calories 411
Calories from Fat207
% Daily Value *
Fat 23 g35%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 19 g
Carbohydrates 45 g15%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 8 g16%
Cholesterol 113 mg38%
Sodium 512 mg21%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Selyodka Pod Shuboy (Layered Herring Salad) |

Selyodka Pod Shuboy (Layered Herring Salad) aka

Селедка под шубой

This is another popular Russian beet salad, sometimes referred to as "Herring Under a Fur Coat." This dish is an acquired taste. The first time you try it, you might not like it, but if you stick with it, eventually it will grow on you. (That doesn't mean that your skin will start growing pieces of Herring and Beets). It just means that sooner or later you may start to like it a little bit better. The biggest difficulty in making this salad is finding good Herring to make it with. Where we live, you can just go to the supermarket and find Herring in the seafood section, because the general population in most towns, unless there is a big Russian/Ukrainian population, is not going to be going to the market to look for Herring. In Pennsylvania, the Bustleton Avenue area of Philadelphia has a large Russian population and there are two popular Russian supermarkets there, NetCost and Bell's Market. At either store one can find nice salted Herrings, which they will happily sell to you packaged in a plastic bag filled with salt water (brine).

If you are not lucky enough to have a Russian market within driving distance, you may have to settle for using Herring in a jar or can packed in oil, which is a somewhat satisfactory substitute. Today I asked my wife "Can you make pod shuboy with salmon," and she said "NO, it MUST be Herring." I told her we need to make an experiment, because I think this would make a tasty salad with some other types of fish besides Herring, but in Russia it is always Herring, and never anything else. C'est la vie!!!!

The basic ingredients for this salad are always essentially the same: Potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, and mayonnaise, the bottom layer, ALWAYS is a layer of potatoes. Then Herring, onions, then carrots and mayonnaise, then start again with potatoes, and keep layering until the only ingredients you have left are beets and mayonnaise. At this point if you want, you can mix the beets and mayonnaise together, and spread over the top and around the sides, and smooth out with the back of a spoon or with an icing spatula. You can also garnish with boiled egg to make the dish more attractive, but this step is optional. You can also add onion pieces around the edges if desired.

Selyodka Pod Shuboy
Selyodka Pod Shuboy

Selyodka Pod Shuboy-Step by Step

  1. Boil Potatoes, Beets, and Carrots (in their skins) in a medium pot until tender. You can stick a fork in them to test for doneness. If the fork goes in easy and comes out easy vegetables are done. Peel while still warm.
  2. Slice Herring into small pieces, removing any residual bones in the process. Herring have very tiny bones, and if it isn't a filet, may God help you!!!
  3. Grate potatoes, carrots, beets, and eggs if you are using eggs using the largest set of holes in the grater. Separate each ingredient into its own bowl.
  4. Slice onions into rings and then slice rings into quarters.
  5. Place a layer of potatoes on your serving plate and slightly mash them down with a fork.
  6. Layer Herring pieces on top of potatoes.
  7. Layer onions on top of Herring.
  8. Layer carrot on top of onions.
  9. Add another layer of potatoes, and repeat steps 6-9.
  10. Mix grated beets and mayonnaise together until you have a slightly creamy mixture.
  11. Spread grated beets and mayonnaise mixture over the top and around the sides of your layered salad and smooth out with the back of a spoon or an icing spatula.
  12. (Optional) Garnish with grated egg.
  13. (Optional) Add onion pieces around the top outside edge of salad and garnish with crushed walnuts and sprig of fresh parsley.
  14. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve cold.


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    • pocono foothills profile imageAUTHOR

      John Fisher 

      4 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      @SallyTX-Thanks for your comment and Kudos. There are almost always beets in my house, as that's the way it is when you are married to a Russian woman.

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      Sally Branche 

      4 years ago from Only In Texas!

      Sounds great! Beets are so good for you! Voted up and useful! ;D

    • pocono foothills profile imageAUTHOR

      John Fisher 

      4 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      @choosetolive-Thank you for your kind commet. I hope you will try this salad sometime.

    • pocono foothills profile imageAUTHOR

      John Fisher 

      4 years ago from Easton, Pennsylvania

      @Susan Recipes-Thanks for the comment. Koralevsky salad is my favorite beet salad, especially when it is loaded with enough garlic for the smell to stick around for at least a day later.

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      Ravi and Swastha 

      4 years ago from London, Canada

      Very useful salad recipe. I have Voted up & rated 5.

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      4 years ago from India

      Amazing salad recipe. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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