Peppered mackerel & pink pickled onion salad

Peppered mackerel & pink pickled onion salad

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Prep: 15 mins no cook


Serves 6

This starter, with its quick pickled onion is impressive, but takes little time as it’s part of making the dressing. You can do it while the turkey is cooking

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal318
  • fat25g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs7g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre4g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 240g pack peppered smoked mackerel, torn into pieces


    Mackerel is a firm-fleshed, torpedo-shaped sea fish. Whole mackerel weigh in around 10-12oz (…

  • 100g bag watercress



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

  • 250g pack ready-cooked beetroot



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

  • 100g bag honey-roasted mixed nuts

For the dressing

  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • pinch of sugar



    Honey and syrups made from concentrated fruit juice were the earliest known sweeteners. Today,…

  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Mix together the onion, vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt. Leave to pickle while you dice the beetroot and roughly chop the nuts.

  2. Divide the watercress and smoked mackerel between six plates. Scatter over the beetroot and nuts, then top with a cluster of the pickled onions. Whisk the oil into the pickling vinegar, then drizzle the dressing around the outside of each plate.

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12th Feb, 2018
Made this as a starter over the Christmas period and it was absolutely gorgeous. Wouldn't change the recipe one bit.
23rd Aug, 2017
serves 4 as a great lunch
3rd Aug, 2017
Simple to do and simply stunning to taste, I wouldn't change a thing
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31st Dec, 2016
I did this as the starter for my Christmas meal and, despite some murmurings about bones, I had 4 completely empty plates and compliments all round. It could not have been easier to prepare and made a really light but very tasty start to the meal.
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