Swiss cold beef salad

Here in Switzerland, I have discovered a delicious cold beef salad dish called Siedfleischsalat or “stewed meat” salad. Siedfleisch translates roughly as “stewing meat” or “simmering meat.” It is basically beef stewing or soup meat and is sold as a large slab. To make the salad, the meat is simmered and then combined with seasonings and other ingredients then served chilled.

I ate a delicious Siedfleischsalat the other day and so I decided to try to recreate it myself. I started with about 1.9 kg (ca. 4 lbs 3 oz) of stewing meat. I listed this amount in the recipe below. If you’re starting with less meat, you can scale the ingredients accordingly. Here’s a great online recipe converter I just found out about.

The stewing meat comes as a large slab, not already chopped up.
The stewing meat comes as a large slab,
not already chopped up.

As you can see, though, the meat was very fatty, so I ended up trimming nearly 400g  (14 oz.—nearly a pound!) of fat.

Be sure to trim well for visible fat.
Be sure to trim well for visible fat.

I cooked the meat in broth and then diced it. Once it had cooled, I combined it with the other ingredients and tossed it with the dressing. Mmmmmmm!

Swiss cold beef salad
Swiss cold beef salad

En guete ! (Bon Appetit in Swiss German.) Please let me know if you make it.

Swiss cold beef salad
Serves 8
Great summer salad because you can make it in your slow cooker. In my opinion, it's even better the next day.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
490 calories
4 g
161 g
26 g
57 g
8 g
282 g
398 g
2 g
0 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 490
Calories from Fat 233
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
Saturated Fat 8g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 161mg
Sodium 398mg
Total Carbohydrates 4g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 2g
Protein 57g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the salad
  1. 1.5 kg (3 lbs, 5 oz) stewing beef (already trimmed)
  2. Beef stock, broth, or water
  3. 3 pickles (or 7 cornichons), diced
  4. 250 g. (ca. 9 oz) cherry tomatoes (ca. 15), quartered
  5. 1 large white onion, finely diced
  6. 2 Tbsp. chives, finely sliced
  7. 3 Tbsp. parsley
For the dressing
  1. 2 tsp. coarse-grained mustard
  2. 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  3. 1 Tbsp. pickle brine
  4. 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  5. 2 Tbsp. cooking broth (optional)
  6. Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.
  1. Trim the beef of visible fat.
  2. Place meat in slow cooker or a large pot. Cover with stock, broth, or water.
  3. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. If using a stovetop, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. In the meantime, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing and set aside.
  5. When the meat is tender, let it cool, then dice or slice thinly.
  6. Combine in a bowl with the remaining salad ingredients and toss with the dressing.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve chilled.
  1. The amounts in this recipe are subject to taste. You can also add red pepper, green pepper, mushrooms, or whatever else you have on hand.
  2. Tip: Let meat cool, then freeze slightly to make cutting easier—especially if you want thin slices.
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