AJ's Ugly AF Smoked Herring Salad

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Y’all, this smoked herring salad ain’t pretty, but it’s damn delicious!

First of all, I’d like to say that I’m not vegan. Most people assume I am because I’m a yoga teacher and I post sweet, delicious treats on my instagram that are plant-based.

Here’s the thing: I have a deep respect for someone who can make a plant-based cake damn delicious, and I want to be one of those people. Alas, this doesn’t mean that a completely plant-based diet is right for me and my body.

And, no, I will not debate with you about all of the reasons why I should be vegan and why I should change my lifestyle choice at this very instant for your peace of mind. Rather, what I’d like to do is talk to you about this Smoked Herring Salad because it’s Ugly AF but it’s also delicious AF.

This recipe is super easy to make! I grab two cans of the smoked herring from good ol’ Trader Joe’s and go to town with some red onions and capers. DISCLAIMER: do NOT add more salt if you use a canned fish that already has salt in it. The fish will already be salted enough, plus the capers add a bit of saltiness, too. Taste the salad after you’ve mixed all the ingredients together and see if you need more salt before you just add it in blindly. I already made this mistake once and let’s just say it put the “error” in “trial and error.”

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  • 2 cans of smoked herring

  • ½ cup of yogurt (your choice here -- I used greek)

  • 4 tbsp of mayo (I used plant based)

  • 2 tbsp of capers

  • ½ cup chopped red onion

  • 2 tbsp chopped pickled jalapenos (optional)

  • Lots of black pepper


Mix everything together and enjoy!

I love mine as a sandwich with some melted cheese and smoked paprika or in tortillas with avocado. You can try to make it prettier, but I think this one is prettier on the inside...your belly, that is.

Bon Appetit!

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About Addie Jo Bannerman

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Addie Jo is a yoga teacher, indoor cycling instructor, and artist based in Wilmington, NC. She is the creator of the trademarked style of yoga-inspired fitness called Prana Pump, which incorporates HIIT and weights into foundation yoga asana. Her artwork is emotional and energetic abstract watercolor portraits and figurative drawings. For Addie Jo, it’s hard to go through the day without creating something, whether it’s a painting, a yoga flow, or a new recipe! On her off-days, she loves cuddling with her three pups, listening to podcasts, creating new recipes, and riding her vintage Yamaha DT175 motorcycle. To keep up with Addie Jo, follow her on Instagram at @aboutayogagirl and @pranapump. And check out her art at @aj.grey_.