Swedish Surprise Pasta Salad Recipe

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Preparation Time5 mins
Cooking Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories320 Kcal16%
Sugar31g g34%
Fat17 g24%
Saturated Fat6 g30%

If you fancy a pasta salad recipe with a twist, give this great Scandinavian inspired pasta dish a go.

Pickled herring is a classic Swedish food and it’s packed full of goodness – a great source of protein and contains omeg-3 fatty acids that are great for helping to keep the heart healthy. It’s really easy to use in this salad too, as all you need to do is drain it and toss it in.

With cucumber, red pepper and dill, there are plenty of crunchy vegetables to give this salad a varied texture, as well as upping your five-a-day intake. The sour cream really compliments both this crunchiness and the sweet and spicy marinade of the herring.

This recipe serves six people, but it can easily be doubled if you’re feeding a crowd or made ahead for packed lunches too. With only a few ingredients that are cheap to pick up, it’s a really easy way of filling up the whole family and doesn’t take long to make either.



  1. Boil the pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water for 10 mins.

  2. Meanwhile, pour the soured cream into a bowl and mix together with the white wine vinegar. Add the herrings, dill, peppers and cucumber.

  3. Drain the pasta and stir together with the other ingredients. Season generously and serve warm or cold.


  • 200g (7oz) pasta shells
  • 300ml (1/2pt) soured cream
  • 2tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 275g jar herrings in sweet and spicy marinade, drained
  • 3tbsp dill, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cucumber, chopped