smoked mackerel salad with beets and potatoes

Smoked Mackerel Salad with Beets, Potatoes & Horseradish

This smoked mackerel salad with beetroot, potatoes, and horseradish is a really tasty and refreshing lunch.  Combine new potatoes with crisp red onion, along with freshly cooked beetroot and flaked smoked mackerel. A dressing that includes yoghurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and horseradish adds a bit of zing for a refreshing and tasty salad.


Ingredients (per person)

  • 40g smoked mackerel (make it peppered smoked mackerel for extra zing)
  • 75g of new potatoes
  • Handful of Rocket
  • 2 full stalks of celery, chopped into small pieces
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 75g cooked beetroot, cooled

Dressing:  Ingredients

These are the ingredients we used for the dressing but add more or less to fit your taste.

  • 1 Tablespoon of Mayonnaise
  • A squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of Yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons of Horseradish (more to taste)
smoked mackerel salad with beetroot and new pots


  1. Wash beetroot, leaving the skin on and about 5 centimetres of the beet greens (it stops the colour leaking out) and then boil for 30-45 minutes until “fork tender” (i.e. a fork will easily insert and slip out again).
  2. Plunge beet into ice water to stop the cooking process and leave to cool
  3. Once the beets have cooled protect your hands by using rubber gloves or a plastic bag and either use a vegetable peeler or simply squeeze off the skin.  Rinse and then chop into chunks.   You can also use pre-bought cooked beetroot, but NOT pickled beetroot.
  4. Boil or steam new potatoes until cooked (circa 15-20 minutes)
  5. Toss potatoes and red onion in a bowl
  6. De-skin and flake the mackerel and add to the bowl.
  7. Season the potatoes, onion, and mackerel with salt and pepper.
  8. Pour over 80% of the dressing and mix carefully.
  9. Put the rocket and celery on a plate.
  10. Add the chopped beetroot into the bowl with the potato, red onion, and mackerel. Mix and then add to the plate.

Finish dressing the salad with a drizzle of the remaining dressing. Enjoy!

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