Smoked mackerel with herb & beet couscous

Smoked mackerel with herb & beet couscous

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2, plus enough for one lunchbox

Packed full of good stuff, this salad is enough for two, plus a lunchbox the next day

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
490
protein
25g
carbs
30g
fat
31g
saturates
8g
fibre
2g
sugar
12g
salt
1.92g

Ingredients

  • 100g couscous
  • 1 tsp horseradish sauce
  • 150g pot 2% fat Greek yogurt
  • ½ cucumber, deseeded and cut into cubes
  • 20g pack dill, roughly chopped
  • 20g pack mint, roughly chopped
  • small red onion, finely chopped
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g pack cooked beetroot, cut into cubes
  • 250g pack peppered smoked mackerel fillets

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Method

  1. Put the couscous into a large bowl, pour over 150ml boiling water, then cover with cling film. Set aside for 10 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, mix the horseradish into the yogurt and season. When all of the liquid has been absorbed into the couscous, uncover it, then spread it up and around the sides of the bowl to help it cool more quickly.
  3. When couscous is quite cool, add the cucumber, herbs, onion, lemon juice and oil and toss well. Add the beets and toss briefly. Pile the couscous onto plates, flake a mackerel fillet into a few big pieces alongside each serving (discarding the skin), then serve with a big dollop of the horseradish yogurt. Pack the remaining couscous and mackerel into a lunchbox for the next day.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2010

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n0nie78's picture

I wanted to love this but it just didn't quite deliver. Too many herbs, not enough horseradish flavour. Will tweak next time. It did make plenty for two despite only calling for 100g of couscous. If we weren't so greedy there would have been enough over for my lunch!

lizleicester's picture
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Nice combination of flavours.

belatti's picture
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My other half doesn't like horsradish so we tried this with wholegrain mustard in the yoghurt. Individually, each component was nice - the yoghurt derssing, the cucumber and herbs, the mackerel, the beetroot. But the entire combination just didn't work for us. Not one we'll have again.

traceynewton's picture
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Really very tasty!

eleanormayo's picture
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Lovely, really tasty and healthy supper.

machine873's picture
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Really delicious, we were presently surprised at how nice it was. When preparing the ingredients I was thinking to myself not sure about this actually, but how wrong was I! Really fresh healthy lunch.

I would recommend lightly cooking the onion in grapeseed oil and warming up the mackerel and serving it hole on top of the couscous salad. That's just my take on things though. :-)

meyers's picture
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Really nice salad. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The yoghurt dressing was excellent and a wonderful addition to an already lovely dish. Would definitely recommend it.

neilkent100's picture
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This was a really nice salad. Very fresh and tasty. The yoghurt dressing was superb. Top recipe!

gemscotland's picture
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Very filling and tasty - forgot to pick up cucumber so replaced that with green pepper - lovely and crunchy. Glad I made enough for my lunch tomorrow.

amyndaz's picture
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Absolutely gorgeous!

filipz's picture
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Delicious. This salad should have it's own facebook page:) I've made it yesterday for lunch today and ran back to computer to give feedback. Wonderful combination of flavours.

kimkap's picture

How delicious is this - it is so simple to make. I added sweetcorn to the dish and both my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately there was none left over for lunch the following day. Will definitely be making this one again.

katyrouth's picture
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Really fantastic recipe, and so easy (the only cooking being boiling a kettle!). I added some chilli to the salad, as suggested above, and added a bag of rocket leaves to make it a bit leafier. I also used a tsp of mustard in the yoghurt as that's what we had in, and it tasted great with the mackerel. Had two generous portions of salad leftover for lunches the next day - I guess without my addition of rocket you'd probably have at least one portion leftover.

josephina86's picture
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I reeeeally wanted to like this. The herb and beet couscous was really nice. The mackerel was way too fishy! I like the kind in tomato sauce, but smoked is just not for me. My boyfriend ate it all but said it was too fishy, I couldn't even finish mine. Yuck. And I made double for lunches! Darn.

traceynewton's picture
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Have just tried this out for myself and my husband - there were no left overs! I left out the beetroot and replaced it with chopped chilli and roasted tomatoes - I also roasted the mackerel so that it was a warm dish. Delicious!

missimaz's picture
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yum yum yum! made this twice in 2 weeks!!

cjsansom's picture
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Quick and easy, great flavours and a perfect lunch recipe.

Foodmonster2's picture
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Great salad, but most definitely no leftovers for the next day. In fact, I have had to use more couscous to feed 2 for dinner. Are we just sooooo big eaters or can others just not admit it? Ha!

dlockhart's picture
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Delicious meal - works well when no access to cooker/hob!

philinbrighton's picture
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YUM!

I'm not the world's biggest beetroot fan but this was lovely!

I didn'tn't have any mint but used a bit of parsely instead and it was fine. Also used much more horseraddish than suggested and it was delish. I've got enough in my lunch box for the rest of the week and very much looking forward to it!

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