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)

steffy1985's picture

lovely, even the other half who had never eaten beetroot or mackerel enjoyed this!

schizofish's picture

I made this without beetroot, and swapped celery and walnuts for sauteed leeks and hazelnuts. My husband and I thought it was lovely - the kids were not so keen, probably because they don't like leeks!

joanneruffell's picture

Absolutely delicious!

stephandsolly's picture

Very nice - I missed out the potatoes and roasted fresh beetroot and grilled the mackerel instead to warm it up. I replaced the walnuts with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. I also added fresh tomatoes, raw radishes and used watercress/rocket - the peppery taste worked well.

claudia21's picture

So basically it was a totally different dish . . .

jpn201's picture

Ha ha - just checked and it says for 4 - no wonder there was too much!! Really nice though and first time I have had a go at my own dressing which was easier than I thought.

jpn201's picture

Really enjoyed this but it was far too much for two - would easily do 3 and possibly 4, especially with the crusty bread.

habdabs's picture

I loved the combination of beetroot and walnuts but felt it could have done with a good dose of black pepper. Maybe the horseradish sauce that I bought wasn't hot enough?

I have also made a vegetarian version of this using lightly fired Marinated Tofu instead of mackerel - it works really well.

insabordination's picture

I had it without Walnuts or Celery - very nice indeed!!

silvia789's picture

I love this salad, it's my lunchbox favourite. Horseraddish really finishes the whole thing nicely.
I skipped on the cellery, though as i dont like it

lisawebber's picture

This is a lovely recipe. We made it with frozen mackerel which we grilled and then flaked while the new potatoes were cooling. Also substituted spring onions for celery as my other half wont eat it.

Will be great cooked like this on a summer BBQ.

paddyscotthorne's picture

so simple to make and awsome to taste.made my own salad dressing which was a first,turned out very nice.still got some left over so i'll be taking it to work for dinner.thanks for the recipe will defenetly be making it again :)

annemiek's picture

Made this for my parents. They loved it. I left out the horseradish because I forgot to buy it. I made the simple salad dressing stated below the recipe. Will make again!

esthersnook's picture

I made this as a packed lunch for work - so had it cold and it was still fab!! Loved the horseradish in the dressing!!

curlijo's picture

This dish is very delicous. All the flavours work so well together. I grill the mackerel and warm up the beetroot. It makes a lovely warming salad in the winter... or any time of year.

bruc044's picture

I was looking for something to use up beetroot and mackeral but didn't expect to find one dish that would use them together. A very tasty salad and it's now on my list of favorites. Will probably toast the walnuts next time around. I'll certainly make it again.

knickers68's picture

forgot to rate it !

knickers68's picture

i couldnt agree more, i thought it was an odd choice of things to put together and tried it out of curiosity more than anything , but it was lovely, the crunch of the celery , sweet beetroot meaty mackerel all deliscious. ive since done it as a dinner party starter and it went down a treat.

simonek's picture

Delicious dish and easily prepared. Followed the recipe exactly, delighted with the result. The combination was not one I could imagine, but it really works.


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