Peppered mackerel, new potato & watercress salad

Mackerel is fantastic for you and this main-meal salad couldn’t be simpler to prepare

  • Prep:15 mins
    Cook:15 mins
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 286
  • fat 18g
  • saturates 4g
  • carbs 22g
  • sugars 2g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 11g
  • salt 1.52g


  • 750g baby new potatoes, larger ones halved
  • 5 tbsp light mayonnaise
  • small bunch chives, snipped
  • 100g bag watercress
  • 270g pack peppered mackerel fillets


Most supermarkets sell a variety of smoked mackerel, such as chilli & garlic or lemon & pepper so adapt this dish to suit your tastes. You could even leave out the fish for a simple summer side dish.


  1. Cook the potatoes in plenty of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 mins. Drain and allow to cool for 10 mins. Make the dressing by mixing the mayo with most of the chives.

  2. Scatter half the watercress across a big platter or plate, chop the rest roughly and mix with half of the mackerel, the potatoes and mayo. Toss so that everything is covered in the dressing.

  3. Pile the mackerel-potato mix on top of the watercress, then top with the rest of the mackerel and chives.

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