Dill Pickle Herring Salad with Dried Tomato (15 min)

Polish-style dill pickle salad with herring fish fillets, shallots and sun dried tomatoes. A quick, spiced salad recipe for seafood lovers, ready in 15 minutes or less.

Dill Pickle Herring Fish Salad with shallots, dried tomatoes and dill

On the menu today, friends, we have a quick extra spiced fish salad, a true Polish style delicacy. Truth is many Central and Eastern European countries appreciated the good taste of marinated/smoked herring fillets in a variety of ways. In my home, we enjoy herring fillets in salads ( like this one) on avocado toast with some dark bread or in sandwiches.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  1. Herring fish, marinated in oil or smoked
  2. Dill pickles – baby or regular, cut
  3. Sun-dried Italian tomatoes
  4. Shallots or spring onions – or any other type of sweet salad onions
  5. Olive oil
  6. Fresh dill – or dried works too
  7. Tomato paste

Note: In many European stores marinated herring fillets are sold in packs of 2-3 fillets, onto open cold stands ( where you choose how many to buy) or in jars (less salty). The majority of marinated herring we buy is from Lithuania, Estonia or Latvia.

How to make herring salad

Making the salad is pretty easy. Just chop everything, mix together and voila!

What to serve with Dill Pickle Herring Salad

A few suggestions from my kitchen:


Dill Pickle Herring Fish Salad with shallots, dried tomatoes and dill

Dill Pickle Herring Salad with Dried Tomatoes

The European Dish
Easy Polish-style salad with dill pickles, marinated herring fish fillets and Italian sun dried tomatoes. Quick salad recipe, ready in about 15 minutes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine European, German, Polish
Servings 4 people


  • 3 fillets (200g) marinated/smoked herring, cut in small cubes
  • 100 g sun dried tomatoes, cut in small cubes
  • 2 shallots, cut into half moon slices
  • 150 g baby dill pickles, chopped in circles
  • 4 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh fill, minced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste


  • Cut marinated herring into small strips, cut pickles, tomatoes and shallots as well.
  • Add to a large salad bowl, then drizzle with olive oil, mx in the tomato paste and sprinkle with fresh minced dill.
  • Stir well to combine and serve. Alternatively, refrigerate up to 4 hours and enjoy cold.


  • Shallots can be substituted with white onion, baby dill pickles with regular pickles.
  • No salt is added as herring fish in Europe usually comes in salty marinate, but feel free to adjust to taste. 
Keyword 15 minutes, dill pickles, herring fish, side dish, sun dried tomatoes
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