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Whitefish salad
Whitefish salad on a bagel with onion and tomato
Whitefish salad on a bagel with onion and tomato
Course Breakfast or lunch
Main ingredients Freshwater whitefish and mayonnaise

Whitefish salad is a salad of smoked freshwater whitefish and mayonnaise. Whitefish salad is a staple fare of Ashkenazi Jewish American cuisine, often found at appetizing stores and Jewish delicatessens. Common ingredients that can be added to whitefish salad include dill, lemon juice, capers, celery, chives, green peppers, vinegar, hard-boiled egg, and mustard. The mayonnaise can be substituted with sour cream, lebneh, or crème fraîche. Whitefish is often served on a bagel and eaten as a sandwich.

Whitefish salad is commonly served for Yom Kippur break fast and Hanukkah, as well as for shiva spreads, bar mitzvahs, and other gatherings. Tablet Magazine founder Alana Newhouse included whitefish salad in her book "The 100 Most Jewish Foods." Food critic Mimi Sheraton recommends whitefish salad as a topping for toast or dark pumpernickel.


Whitefish salad originated in North America among Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants. Ashkenazi Jews discovered that the freshwater whitefish, found in the Great Lakes, was similar to freshwater whitefish found in Europe, and soon smoked freshwater whitefish became a staple of Ashkenazi Jewish appetizing stores and delicatessens and became an iconic example of Jewish American cuisine. Whitefish salad is a popular dish at breakfasts and morning celebrations, including brits and Sunday morning brunches.

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