Warm mackerel & beetroot salad

Warm mackerel & beetroot salad

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(48 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
    Horseradish root on a wooden chopping board


    hors rad-ish

    Horseradish root is larger than an ordinary radish, and has a hot, peppery flavour.



  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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20th Apr, 2012
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.
21st Feb, 2012
Loved this. Followed up with pancakes on Shrove Tuesday!
29th Jan, 2012
Quick and really delicious, we managed to eat 4 servings between 2 of us!
16th Sep, 2011
Delicious. The combination of flavours and textures worked really well. My hubbie said he didn't like beetroot but he loved it this way.
27th Aug, 2011
Delicious combination of ingredients and very easy to make. I also warmed the smoked mackerel.
18th Aug, 2011
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.
9th Jul, 2011
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.
29th May, 2011
This dish was very tasty. Will make again.
26th Apr, 2011
Very tasty, very simple. Id recommend grilling the mackerel as well.
27th Jan, 2011
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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