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Smoked mackerel, beet and apple salad with creamy horseradish dressing

  • serves 4-6
  • Easy

Check out our hearty smoked mackerel salad with crunchy apple and vibrant beetroot. This recipe is packed with flavour and ready in just 40 minutes – an easy midweek meal for the family


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  • pearled spelt 200g
  • spring onions 1 bunch, chopped
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • lemon juice 3 tbsp
  • cumin seeds 2 tsp, toasted
  • dried chilli flakes a pinch (optional)
  • cooked beetroot 250g, diced
  • smoked peppered mackerel 4 fillets, broken into chunks (discard skin and bones)
  • red-skinned apple 1, cut into matchsticks and tossed in lemon juice


  • dill a small bunch, chopped
  • horseradish finely grated to make 2-3 tsp, (see notes below)
  • natural yogurt 150g


  • Step 1

    Cook the spelt in boiling salted water for 25 minutes or until tender, then drain well and cool.

  • Step 2

    To make the dressing, stir ½ the dill and all the horseradish into the yogurt, with a good pinch of salt. Add 2-3 tbsp cold water and stir until a drizzle-able consistency.

  • Step 3

    Fry the spring onions in the olive oil in a frying pan until softened, then stir in the lemon juice, cumin seeds and dried chilli flakes (if using). Take off the heat and season.

  • Step 4

    Tip the drained spelt into a large bowl. Add the cooked spring onions and all the liquid from the pan. Add most of the remaining dill and toss everything together. Pile the spelt onto a serving plate, add the beetroot, mackerel pieces and apple matchsticks, and drizzle over the dressing. Sprinkle with a little more dill to finish.

Fresh horseradish is available from good greengrocers, ocado.com or finefoodspecialist.co.uk.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 616
  • Fat 33g
  • Saturates 6.9g
  • Carbs 42.5g
  • Sugars 15.7g
  • Fibre 8.2g
  • Protein 33.3g
  • Salt 2.2g