Warm new potato & smoked mackerel salad

Warm new potato & smoked mackerel salad

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(26 ratings)

Cook: 30 mins


Serves 2
Make an easy, nutritious potato and smoked mackerel salad in 25 minutes

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal646
  • fat48g
  • saturates17g
  • carbs31g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre2g
  • protein25g
  • salt2.19g
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  • 350g new potato
    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…

  • 100g crème fraîche
  • 1 tsp horseradish cream
  • juice of 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 smoked mackerel fillets (about 200g/8oz total weight), skinned and flaked
  • 85g bag watercress



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


  1. Cook the potatoes in a large pan of boiling salted water for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

  2. While the potatoes are cooking, mix the crème fraîche in a large bowl with the horseradish cream and lemon juice. Season well with freshly ground black pepper (there’s no need for salt because of the saltiness of the smoked mackerel).

  3. Drain the potatoes, halve and set aside to cool down for a few minutes. Tip into the crème fraîche mix and stir so it coats them and becomes quite runny. Now add the smoked mackerel and watercress and toss gently together. Pile on two plates and serve straight away (it’s best while still warm).

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Comments (25)

Helr434's picture

Very easy to make & was delicious. I added red onion, cucumber, celery & tomatoes all chopped finely, will make again

kpeanuts's picture

I loooove this salad and made in four times in a week when I first discovered it. However, the few adjustments that I now make are to make it half and half horseradish and creme fraiche, as once the ingredients are put together the horseradish doesn't really come through. I'd also say to make it the day before with the pepper and refrigerate it overnight as the pepper isn't really noticeable until you get a bit stuck in your teeth otherwise. Also, rocket instead of watercress.

mellie11's picture

I expected to love this salad, as I'm a big fan of all five ingredients, but I was a little disappointed. It was a bit sickly. I would do this again, but not as a main, instead as one of a number of salads as smaller portions would work better I think. The watercress I used wasn't very punchy - might be the time of year?? Rocket might cut through the richer flavours better.

frannylou's picture

Very quick and easy weekday supper. I love warm salads and this is a great one for any time of year. Had to smile at jojo66...tzatziki and horseradish, a new one on me!!!! : (((((

emmaturnbull's picture

Another cheap, quick and easy midweek supper. Very tasty!

dippychick66's picture

I made a variation on this theme to use up fridge odds and ends.Instead of watercress, mixed herb salad. I added various vegetables; yellow pepper,asparagus spears, green beans,red onion cucumber and celery. My favourite ingredient some really juicy mixed olives from our local Tapas restaurant and as I didn't have creme freche just mixed some supermarket Tzatziki with lemon and horseradish. It certainly made a delicious hearty salad for a cold August evening !!

chris1661's picture

Delicious & very easy to make, love it!
I used low fat yoghurt as I didm't have creme Fraiche & mixed watercress & spinach. It worked very well, although I think I will use less lemon juice & more horseradish next time

natikb's picture

Very nice and simple recipe, also great with a freshly toasted bagel.

hedgehog33's picture

Great recipe, tasty, quick and healthy, what more can you ask for!

catmac80's picture

Thank you, this recipe is delicious! I will definitely make it again. I used spinach and watercress & it worked well.

abbiehorvath's picture

love this recipe, I didn't even like smoked mackerel until having this salad - now I have made it several times!

michaelm's picture

Have now made this several times, easy,simple and very tasty.

hparkes's picture

excellent recipe. So tasty and easy to make.

hstokes's picture

delicious, although even better with plum cherry tomatoes

fuzzygirl's picture

Loved it! Used some mixed greens and added some cherry toms for colour. BF also very impressed.

the_saucerer's picture

nice easy lunch use whatever leaves or herbs you have to hand

jelliedeel's picture

Yummy, tasty, quick and easy!

laderaver's picture

Just delicious, I added baby spinich like Marcus and lemon zest like LaGirafa and it worked an absolute treat! Would be great in smaller portions as a starter too! 10/10

sabamoley's picture

Delicious! But I do love smoked mackerel...

lagirafa's picture

I made this for supper last night. I used this season's Jersey Royal potatoes and doubled the quantity of ingredients as making for four. I found when I got home that I had less potatoes than I thought, so I bulked it out with a tin of butter beans. I added lemon zest along with the juice.
Absolutely delicious and healthy to boot - even got my husband eating watercress (he ususaly leaves it on the side of his plate).
Everyone said they would be very happy to have it again. I can see this becoming a favourite for family meals and buffet gatherings. Scrumptious and healthy too!!!


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