In Ukraine dressed herring is mostly served at New Year celebration. It originated in Russia in the early 20th century and then spread to all former USSR cuisines including Ukrainian. Since then Shuba (literally: fur coat; colloquial name for dressed herring) is rightly considered to be national Ukrainian dish.
Shuba is multicomponent dish. Its main ingredient is herring of spiced salting covered with layers of different vegetables: onion, potato, carrot and beet root. It's better to serve this salad in deep bowls with ledges or in special serving ring.
Shuba is regularly made upon standard recipe that is seldom changed in order not to break the harmony of taste. However, some housewives add grated apple to the dressed herring salad, and the combination of sweet and salty gives the dish piquant taste.