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Shuba Salad Recipe (Layered Salad With Beets and Herring)

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A layered Shuba salad with chopped ingredients and garnished with sprouts, served on a decorative blue plate with the phrase "enjoy life.

Shuba salad is an incredibly beautiful colored layered salad that is well loved in Polish households. The vibrant colors in the salad are from the beet and carrot used in the recipe. Originally from Russia, this recipe has become popular across western Europe and can be found in many households especially during herring season.

Shuba means fur coat. This name was given to the salad because of the outer layer of beets that is layered on top of it. The layers look a lot like a fur coat on top of the herring. 

Made of herring, beetroot, potatoes, carrots, dill pickles, eggs and more, this salad is incredibly tasty and very satisfying. Most people will make it as many as 6 hours in advance so that it can be refrigerated. This is because Shuba salad is best served cold.

Shuba Salad Recipe (Layered Salad With Beets and Herring)

Part I – Prepare The Beetroot And Potatoes

The first step to making Shuba salad is to prepare the beetroot and potatoes. If you haven’t cooked them already, peel them and cook them till they are soft. Set them aside to cool when ready.

Part II – Boil 6 Eggs

Use 6 eggs for this salad. Boil the eggs well. Remember you need hard boiled eggs for this recipe. Peel and grate the eggs when done.

Part III – Dice The Herring

Use either pickled or salted herring when making Shuba salad. Dice 6 of the herring and set aside.

Part IV – Grate A Carrot

Part V – Dice The Potatoes, Pickles And Beetroots

By now the potatoes and beetroots will have cooled. Dice the potatoes, beetroots and pickles. Set them aside.

Part VI – Peel And Finely Chop An Onion

All the chopped ingredients for Shuba salad.
All the chopped ingredients for Shuba salad.

Part VII – Layer The Salad

Once all the preparation is done, it is time to layer the salad. For this you can either use a large glass bowl or 6 small bowls. Layer the salad in the following order.

  • Herring
  • 1 tbsp. of mayo
  • Onion
  • Potatoes sprinkled with salt
  • 1 tbsp. of mayo mixed with 1 tbsp. of mustard
  • Beetroots sprinkled with salt and pepper (optionally)
  • 1 tbsp. of mayo mixed with 1 tbsp. of yogurt
  • Carrot
  • 1 tbsp. of mayo
  • Pickles
  • 1 tbsp. of mayo
  • Eggs
  • 1 tbsp. of mayo
Layered Shuba salad ready to be served
Layered Shuba salad ready to be served

FAQ About Shuba Salad Recipe

How Do You Serve Shuba Salad?

Shuba salad can be served in individually bowls or on a platter. Usually people prefer to use a glass bowl because it displays the gorgeous colors of the layers. Make sure to serve this salad chilled. Many people place it in the refrigerator as many as 6 hours in advance. Since it can be prepared way in advance, it is also a popular item on the dinner table at many parties.

What Are Some Other Easy Salad Recipes?

Polish salads use a lot of root vegetables like beets and carrots. This makes them very colorful and appealing. Here are some incredibly easy recipes that you can try.


Yield: 6 portions

Shuba Salad Recipe (Layered Salad With Beets and Herring)

A layered Shuba salad with grated egg and sprouts on top, served on a decorative blue plate.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 3 large dill pickles
  • 6 salted/pickled herring fillets
  • 2 large cooked beetroots
  • 4 large cooked potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 6 tbsps of mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp of mustard
  • 1 tbsp of yogurt
  • salt, pepper
  • sprouts, parsley, dill or any other herb to decorate


  1. If your beetroots and potatoes are not cooked, peel and cook them until soft.
  2. Hard-boil eggs, then peel and grate them.
  3. Dice herrings.
  4. Grate a carrot.
  5. Dice potatoes, pickles, and beetroots.
  6. Peel and finely chop an onion.
  7. In one large glass bowl (or 6 small bowls) lay the salad in the following order:
  • herring
  • 1 tbsp of mayo
  • onion
  • potatoes sprinkled with salt
  • 1 tbsp of mayo mixed with 1 tbsp of mustard
  • beetroots sprinkled with salt and pepper (optionally)
  • 1 tbsp of mayo mixed with 1 tbsp of yogurt
  • carrot
  • 1 tbsp of mayo
  • pickles
  • 1 tbsp of mayo
  • eggs
  • 1 tbsp of mayo

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 449Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 195mgSodium: 1064mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 6gSugar: 8gProtein: 16g

These data are indicative and calculated by Nutritionix

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