Green and Gorgeous Smoked Mackerel Salad

Smoked Mackerel Salad – Where Did We Try It First?


Whenever I make this Smoked Mackerel Salad, it always takes me back to the time and place when we (or rather – my daughter) had it for the first time.

A few years ago we went on a hiking holiday in summer. Unfortunately, we didn’t have great weather. So when on the last day sunshine woke us up, we decided to climb a mountain even though it had rained the previous night. It was a big mistake. The paths were so slippery that my husband broke his ankle. As a result, we couldn’t go skiing the following winter.

So instead we went away for a couple of days to a  pretty little town called Kazimierz Dolny. In other, warmer seasons it buzzes with life as this is a trendy place with lots of artists and tourists. But when we were there in winter, Kazimierz was pretty quiet and empty. We were even a bit concerned if we would be able to find a decent open place we could eat in. But we ended up in heaven: a fantastic slow food restaurant. We had many beautiful dishes there, as – no wonder – we went there every day. But it was this healthy Smoked Mackerel and Apple Salad that stayed with us as a memory of that short winter holiday.

Why has it been so memorable? I was just so happy that my daughter, who at that time hardly ate any raw vegetables, ordered that salad and loved it! So I quickly worked out my version of Smoked Mackerel Salad and included it in menus at our home.

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We have had it so many times but we still love it a lot. The simple green ingredients (lettuce, apples, fennel) work perfectly with the fish and the Smoked Mackerel Salad dressing. They work well even despite the fact that combining smoked mackerel and honey may not be the obvious choice 😉



Green and Gorgeous Smoked Mackerel Salad

A delicious combination of smoked mackerel, green apples, lettuce and honey.
Servings people
Prep Time 15 minutes



  1. Prepare the mackerel: with 2 forks (or your fingers) open the fish in the middle; take out a bone from the middle and remove all the little bones; separate small pieces of the fish from the skin and put them on a clean plate.
  2. In a big bowl mix the lettuce, fennel and apple.
  3. Make the dressing by stirring together the olive oil, vinegar and 1 tbsp honey, season.
  4. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, mix well and move onto a big serving plate (or 2 small ones).
  5. Arrange the pieces of mackerel on top of the salad mix, drizzle everything with the rest of honey.
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Agnieszka Weiner

Hi, I am Agnieszka, and I am passionate about delicious but healthy food. Many healthy dishes are bland and uninteresting. I reject this. So I created my blog Tastes of Health to share my yummy recipes for healthier (often plant-based and gluten-free) versions of family favourites. I look forward to receiving your feedback after you try them.

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