Warm mackerel & beetroot salad

Warm mackerel & beetroot salad

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(57 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 1970s British salads (cooked and pickled in vinegar), beetroot is a root…

  • 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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2nd Jul, 2018
Very tasty salad! We used kipper instead of mackerel since it's a bit cheaper, skipped the celery, and used a honey and mustard dressing. Would definitely recommend! The fish, beetroot, potatoes, and horseradish are all wonderful together and it was really quick to whip up. Looking forward to making this again.
13th Jul, 2015
Had this just now and it was absolutely delicious. I bought raw mackerel and grilled it and also added some lardons of bacon. I will certainly be making it again in the near future. I have a lot of cookery books and most evenings use Good Food website. It's not often I'm disappointed. Well done GF again. 5 stars just isn't enough.
2nd Dec, 2014
Very good surprise. I love it. Nice and healthy. I've warm up the fish too and no celery as I don't like it.
16th May, 2013
Trying to increase our intake of oily fish and this hit the spot. It's a lovely addition to my armoury and is in my favourites binder for sure. I only put one tspn of horseradish as I thought it might overpower, but will stick to the recipe next time!
5th May, 2013
Very good, and very quick too...
5th Feb, 2013
Delicious!! One of the nicest salads I've eaten. Made the dressing as mentioned. Flavours really compliment each other. Will made again!!!
20th Dec, 2012
Made this for my family a few weeks ago, was delicious, they all loved it. The mackerel and beetroot worked really well together, and the walnuts gave it a nice crunch. The only thing I did differently was that I roasted and honey-glazed the beetroot before putting into the salad, which really brought the flavour out even more.
17th Oct, 2012
Very good recipe and very tasty dish. I didn't use the celery as I forgot to buy it in the shop, my dinner guests were pleasantly surprised and we all enjoyed it a lot.
31st Aug, 2012
Fabulous flavours all working really well together. Didn't have the potatoes on this occasion but it was still lovely - would recommend.
2nd Aug, 2012
Quite delicious, I added some red pepper, which gave it another bit of a crunch, will be doing this again.


24th Mar, 2018
Are portion sizes for main or starter? Was planning for 8 as a starter, do i need to double ingredients?
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1st Apr, 2018
Thanks for your question. This would be enough for 4 for a light meal so would suggest as a starter 1 - 1 1/ 2 times the recipe, depending on how filling the rest of the courses are. You could also use the same quantities and simply add one more mackerel fillet.
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