Warm mackerel & beetroot salad

Warm mackerel & beetroot salad

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(47 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 15 mins


Serves 4
A simple but flavoursome salad that's easily made for two or more people

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal645
  • fat49g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars11g
  • fibre3g
  • protein24g
  • salt2.37g
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  • 450g new potato, cut into bite-size pieces
    New potatoes

    New potatoes

    n-ew po-tate-oes

    New potatoes have thin, wispy skins and a crisp, waxy texture. They are young potatoes and…

  • 3 smoked mackerel fillets, skinned
  • 250g pack cooked beetroot



    A favourite in 1970's British salads (served cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a…

  • 100g bag mixed salad leaves
  • 2 celery sticks, finely sliced



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 50g walnut pieces



    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

For the dressing

  • 6 tbsp good-quality salad dressing
  • 2 tsp creamed horseradish sauce


  1. Boil the potatoes for 12-15 mins until just tender. Meanwhile, flake the mackerel fillets into large pieces and cut the beetroot into bite-size chunks.

  2. Drain the potatoes and cool slightly. Mix the salad dressing and horseradish sauce together in a salad bowl and season. Tip in the potatoes – they should still be warm.

  3. Add the salad leaves, mackerel, beetroot, celery and walnuts, and toss gently. Serve with crusty bread.

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Comments (40)

broadhaven's picture

Had this just now and it was absolutely delicious. I bought raw mackerel and grilled it and also added some lardons of bacon.
I will certainly be making it again in the near future.
I have a lot of cookery books and most evenings use Good Food website. It's not often I'm disappointed. Well done GF again. 5 stars just isn't enough.

cecilec's picture

Very good surprise. I love it.
Nice and healthy.
I've warm up the fish too and no celery as I don't like it.

stilton12's picture

Trying to increase our intake of oily fish and this hit the spot. It's a lovely addition to my armoury and is in my favourites binder for sure. I only put one tspn of horseradish as I thought it might overpower, but will stick to the recipe next time!

rjmachin's picture

Very good, and very quick too...

bimbobaby's picture

Delicious!! One of the nicest salads I've eaten. Made the dressing as mentioned. Flavours really compliment each other. Will made again!!!

mathilde_kerr's picture

Made this for my family a few weeks ago, was delicious, they all loved it. The mackerel and beetroot worked really well together, and the walnuts gave it a nice crunch. The only thing I did differently was that I roasted and honey-glazed the beetroot before putting into the salad, which really brought the flavour out even more.

suzzygg's picture

Very good recipe and very tasty dish. I didn't use the celery as I forgot to buy it in the shop, my dinner guests were pleasantly surprised and we all enjoyed it a lot.

ncother's picture

Fabulous flavours all working really well together. Didn't have the potatoes on this occasion but it was still lovely - would recommend.

mccall's picture

Quite delicious, I added some red pepper, which gave it another bit of a crunch, will be doing this again.

bdowdeswell's picture

Really lovely warm salad. I didn't have walnuts but added in samphire and used horseradish sauce neat. It was really very good.

topcat554's picture

Delicious. Changed nothing, added nothing. Fed 4 of us easily and converted a non beetroot eater into a beetroot eater. For a diabetic in our company served with oatcakes instead of bread. Everybody loved it.

sarahfrew's picture

Loved this. Followed up with pancakes on Shrove Tuesday!

siobhang's picture

Quick and really delicious, we managed to eat 4 servings between 2 of us!

maured's picture

Delicious. The combination of flavours and textures worked really well. My hubbie said he didn't like beetroot but he loved it this way.

egfoodlover's picture

Delicious combination of ingredients and very easy to make. I also warmed the smoked mackerel.

rolin747's picture

Absolutely love this recipe! Using our own home grown beetroot helped :-) I did use a different dressing though made from half a red onion thinly sliced, olive oil, lemon juice, s&p and chopped mint. This super-tasty salad is now a firm mid-week favourite.

imranino's picture

Absoutely love this Salad! We didn't have any horseradish but there was some Wasabi kicking around in the fridge and it worked really well! Gave it a nice kick, I recommend it.

ireneg's picture

This dish was very tasty. Will make again.

pmilne's picture

Very tasty, very simple. Id recommend grilling the mackerel as well.

bonnonmatrix's picture

This is fantastic use for smoked mackerel. I too didn't think the flavours would work but both my partner and I agreed it was delicious, looked good and I will definitely do it again. Resent buying celery when I don't use it for anything else, so swapped it in the recipe for red onion.


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