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Shuba Salad on a tray

Shuba (Fur Coat Salad)

Shuba salad is a classic Russian dish featuring beautiful layers of pickled herring and root vegetables. It’s traditionally a national New Year’s dish, but let’s be honest, it’s delicious anytime of the year!
Course Salad
Cuisine Russian, Ukrainian
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 236kcal
Author Natalya Drozhzhin


  • 3 small potatoes
  • 1 lb Herring (see image below for reference)
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 3 medium beets
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 cup mayonnaise


  • Boil beets for 45 minutes in a small pot. In a separate pot, boil potatoes and carrots for 25 minutes. Remove all ingredients from the boiling water and let them cool off.
    Another way to cook ingredients is by baking them in the oven. Wrap beets, carrots and potatoes in foil and bake them at 400 °F for 30- 45 minutes. Carrots and potatoes cook sooner, check using a fork to confirm they are cooked thoroughly.
    Ingredients for the shuba salad
  • Clean beets, potatoes, and carrots. Grate each separately on a cheese grater. Slice herring and onion into small pieces. Using a combination of a large plate and a mold (or a deep tray), begin by first placing potatoes on the bottom.
    Potatoes in a salad mold
  • Add onions and herring on top of potatoes.
    Herring in a salad mold
  • Follow by carrots, mayonnaise, and beets.
    Beets in a salad mold
  • Lastly, add a layer of mayonnaise. If you are using a mold, remove it right before serving. Refrigerate the salad for at least 6 hours before serving.
    Shuba Salad on a tray


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 476mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2602IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg