Smoked mackerel salad with beetroot & horseradish dressing

Smoked mackerel salad with beetroot & horseradish dressing

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Prep: 20 mins


Serves 6
The restaurant trick of giving the same ingredient a couple of treatments turns a simple dish into an impressive starter

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal348
  • fat31g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre1g
  • protein11g
  • salt1.31g


  • 150g bag baby salad leaves
  • 300g/10oz pack smoked mackerel fillets, skinned and flaked


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

  • 4 tbsp horseradish cream
    Horseradish root on a wooden chopping board


    hors rad-ish

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


For the dressing

  • 3 small shallots, finely sliced into rings



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4 cooked, peeled beetroot, 2 finely diced, 2 sliced into 18 slices



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

  • 8 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. For the dressing, tip the shallots into a bowl with the vinegar, season and set aside to soften for a few mins. Mix the diced beetroot and olive oil into the shallots. The dressing can be made up to a day ahead and chilled.

  2. To serve, lightly toss the leaves with the mackerel and some of the dressing. Place 3 slices of beetroot onto each plate, pile the salad into the centre, then spoon the rest of the dressing around the outside. Spoon little blobs of horseradish around each plate and serve.

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5th Feb, 2012
Can't fault this recipe. Prepare in advance, job done and my guests were highly impressed.
28th Jun, 2011
This made a lovely quick and tasty supper,with warm baby new potatoes. Will def make again.
23rd Jul, 2010
This was a fab and easy lunch. will be making this again
18th Apr, 2010
Very easy and very tasty.
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