Potato and apple salad with mackerel recipe

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  • healthy
Cooking Time20 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories150 Kcal8%
Fat10 g14%

Potato and apple salad with mackerel is a great way to refresh a traditional potato salad recipe. The combination of potatoes, apple, fennel and beetroot make this a deliciously fresh salad, perfect for a hot summers day. Smoked mackerel is a great salty contrast to the creaminess of potato salad and will work perfectly as a whole fillet for a meal or flaked into the salad as a sharing bowl for BBQs and summer parties.


  • 200g (7oz) potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 100g (31/2oz) fennel (½ bulb), trimmed (keep the fronds) and finely diced
  • 2tbsp mayonnaise
  • ½ rounded tsp hot horseradish from a jar
  • 1 red-skinned apple (Jazz variety used here)
  • 1 lemon, half of it sliced, plus the juice from the other half
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • A few sprigs of dill

To serve:

  • 2 small, cooked beetroot
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • Handful of rocket leaves
  • 2 smoked mackerel fillets




  1. 1 Add the potato to a pan of boiling water and cook for 3 mins. Stir in the fennel and cook for another 2-3 mins or until the potato is just soft. Drain, rinse with cold water, then drain well again.
  2. Mix the mayonnaise and horseradish in a large bowl and gently stir in the cooled potato and fennel mixture.
  3. Quarter the apple, remove the core and dice the apple, adding it to the lemon juice in a small bowl. Coat the apple well with juice then mix the apple and juice into the potato mixture with seasoning and the chopped fronds of fennel, if any, or dill sprigs.
  4. Chop the beetroot, finely dicing it, and mix with the olive oil.
  5. Spoon the potato salad on to a plate then spoon the chopped beetroot on the side. Top with a few rocket leaves.
  6. Arrange the mackerel on top of the potato salad with some lemon slices and dill sprigs.
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