Smoked mackerel, orange & couscous salad

Smoked mackerel, orange & couscous salad

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(22 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins


Serves 4
Sliced oranges make a refreshing addition to this substantial salad - great for the lunchbox

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal456
  • fat27g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.17g
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  • 200g couscous - use wholemeal if you can get it



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 3 orange, 2 peeled and thinly sliced, 1 juiced



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 100g bag watercress, roughly chopped



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

  • 240g pack peppered mackerel fillets, flaked into large chunks


    Mackerel is a firm-fleshed, torpedo-shaped sea fish. Whole mackerel weigh in around 10-12oz (…


  1. Pour 250ml boiling water over couscous, cover and leave 10 mins, then fluff up with a fork. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Mix orange juice, vinegar, sugar and oil with some seasoning. Mix through the couscous with remaining ingredients.

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Comments (21)

Nathalie3's picture

It was a delicious salad. Also works well with rocket leaves. I didn't put any sugar and it was sweet enough. Would definitely make this again.

oldpines's picture

This is a fantastic combination of flavours, and looks and tastes wonderful. I used it as a starter, smaller portions, piled high. Very refreshing, light and attractive. So easy to make too.

mother_ship's picture

Didn't mind the orange juice in the dressing but we didn't like the lumps of orange with it, but loved the watercress and couscous together. I threw in some chopped pepper and french beans to up the veg content.

sarahpickergain's picture

This is one of my quick healthy favourites! I have used it as a booster for a picnic cold, straight from the hob for a party and both times it went down a treat. I've even kept the mackerel separate and then had the cous cous mix on the side for a dinner and it worked just as well. Very tasty and versatile.

lisagil's picture

Lovely. Very quick and easy. The kids enjoyed it so much it's become a regular!

freya_marks's picture

Really easy, tasty and healthy! Surprised the mackerel and orange went so well together

g-barker's picture

So easy! Had some fresh mackerel to use - oven baked with basil and lemon juice, then added to this recipe. Used nearest ingredients that I had in the cupboard for a light and fresh but filling summer lunch.

lizleicester's picture

Easy and tasty. A new combination to me but one I'll re-visit.

jemimatio's picture

Not a combination I would of thought of myself but it worked a treat - looking forward to making this again for summer picnics :-)

magicmolliesnan's picture

Lovely taste. Oranges can be changed with other citurs fruit. Can't wait to try this.

englishgran's picture

Delicious - easy, nutritious, fresh, tasty and fast.

kendrafallon's picture

First time for trying smoked mackerel and I was surprised at how well the orange and mackerel worked together. Definitely one to take to work for lunch!!

raushan's picture

Very, very nice salad - orange and mackarel work together just perfectly. A very easy mid weak meal!

scarer's picture

Just had this for lunch and it was delicious. I forgot to buy couscous so used puy lentils instead cooked in a good vegetable stock and it worked brilliantly. I will definitely make it again and stick with the lentils. I didn't have red wine vinegar so used sherry vinegar instead, gorgeous. Avocado would work in this salad as well.

itsnice's picture

sweet - made this for lunch. quartered the portions, used spinach instead of watercress. added sesame and sunflower seeds. Will defo be doing this again (tomorrow!)

lettucia's picture

fresh, healthy, tasty, perfect

guestj's picture

Served this as a starter for six.everyone loved it . The orange really works

helenlj's picture

Delicious and easy to put together the night before. This was a new combination of tastes for me, and I really enjoyed it - would definitely make again.

polarmonkey's picture

Forgot to rate it!

polarmonkey's picture

Very tasty and quick to make, I used rocket instead of watercress and it was still lovely, I liked the peppery-ness of the the rocket in it.


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