Smoked mackerel, orange & couscous salad

Smoked mackerel, orange & couscous salad

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins


Serves 4
Sliced oranges make a refreshing addition to this substantial salad - great for the lunchbox

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal456
  • fat27g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre2g
  • protein16g
  • salt1.17g


  • 200g couscous - use wholemeal if you can get it



    Consisting of many tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat, couscous has become a…

  • 3 oranges, 2 peeled and thinly sliced, 1 juiced



    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar



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

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 100g bag watercress, roughly chopped



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

  • 240g pack peppered mackerel fillets, flaked into large chunks


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


  1. Pour 250ml boiling water over couscous, cover and leave 10 mins, then fluff up with a fork. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Mix orange juice, vinegar, sugar and oil with some seasoning. Mix through the couscous with remaining ingredients.

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Sarah Watters's picture
Sarah Watters
27th Jun, 2020
Super cheap, quick, nourishing and impressive recipe. I've already shared it with my son and can't wait to share with friends over a sunny lunch. Thank you.
22nd May, 2020
This was lovely. Didn’t have any oranges so I substituted a tin of mandarins and left out the sugar. It worked really well.
14th May, 2016
It was a delicious salad. Also works well with rocket leaves. I didn't put any sugar and it was sweet enough. Would definitely make this again.
1st Sep, 2014
This is a fantastic combination of flavours, and looks and tastes wonderful. I used it as a starter, smaller portions, piled high. Very refreshing, light and attractive. So easy to make too.
mother_ship's picture
29th Apr, 2014
Didn't mind the orange juice in the dressing but we didn't like the lumps of orange with it, but loved the watercress and couscous together. I threw in some chopped pepper and french beans to up the veg content.
sarahpickergain's picture
6th Jan, 2014
This is one of my quick healthy favourites! I have used it as a booster for a picnic cold, straight from the hob for a party and both times it went down a treat. I've even kept the mackerel separate and then had the cous cous mix on the side for a dinner and it worked just as well. Very tasty and versatile.
24th Jun, 2013
Lovely. Very quick and easy. The kids enjoyed it so much it's become a regular!
23rd Aug, 2012
Really easy, tasty and healthy! Surprised the mackerel and orange went so well together
4th Aug, 2012
So easy! Had some fresh mackerel to use - oven baked with basil and lemon juice, then added to this recipe. Used nearest ingredients that I had in the cupboard for a light and fresh but filling summer lunch.
6th May, 2012
Easy and tasty. A new combination to me but one I'll re-visit.


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