Smoked mackerel, orange & couscous salad

Sliced oranges make a refreshing addition to this substantial salad – great for the lunchbox

  • Prep:15 mins
  • Serves 4
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 456
  • fat 27g
  • saturates 5g
  • carbs 38g
  • sugars 12g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 16g
  • salt 1.17g


  • 200g couscous - use wholemeal if you can get it
  • 3 oranges, 2 peeled and thinly sliced, 1 juiced
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 100g bag watercress, roughly chopped
  • 240g pack peppered mackerel fillets, flaked into large chunks


Make it veggie
Instead of mackerel, use 1 aubergine and 2 peppers. Chop into small chunks, add a drizzle of oil, plus salt and pepper. Roast for 25 mins at 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Toss through the couscous with the dressing, orange slices and watercress.


  1. Pour 250ml boiling water over couscous, cover and leave 10 mins, then fluff up with a fork. Meanwhile, make the dressing. Mix orange juice, vinegar, sugar and oil with some seasoning. Mix through the couscous with remaining ingredients.

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