Mackerel, Bacon and New Potato Salad

by Jacqueline on April 25, 2013

Surf and Turf Salad

Mackerel, Bacon and New Potato Salad

I thoroughly enjoyed Nigel Slater’s Simple Cooking series that aired on the BBC recently. I think my favourite episode was the Surf and Turf theme. Wonderful recipes of Lamb and Anchovy and the classic combination of Scallops and Chorizo, but the dish that spoke to me the most was the Mackerel and Bacon Salad.

I love Mackerel. It is such an underrated fish. It is so cheap and packs lots of flavour. It also brings certain nutritional benefits:

  • It is a good source of omega -3 fatty acids
  • It is rich in protein and vitamins A, D and B12 and the anti-oxidant mineral selenium
  • It is classed as a superfood
  • It is recommended for lowering the cholesterol and overall contributing to a healthy heart

We have eaten this salad 3 times since the episode aired on TV and it never fails to disappoint. You get the salty and smokey notes from the mackerel and bacon, paired with the earthiness of the new potatoes and the dish is brought together beautifully with the acidic white wine vinegar, mustard, dill and caper dressing. Lip smackin’ loveliness!

There is a nice little tip about removing the harshness from raw onion by leaving them in white wine vinegar. Previously I used ice cold water or lime juice for this but the white wine vinegar does the job best in my opinion.

I didn’t change much about the recipe at all. I used new potatoes as opposed to salad potatoes. I added green beans to introduce a bit of “greenery” to the mix. They pair nicely with new potatoes as they do so well in a traditional Salade Niçoise. I also needed to use up my remaining cornichons so I chopped them finely and added them to the dressing.

If you are a fan of Mackerel then you will love this dish!

I’m entering this post to “Dish of the Month” hosted by the very kind and talented ladies Janice over at Farmergirl’s Kitchen and Susan over at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate. I’ve been wanting to do this challenge for a while and time has just ebbed away so I’m so glad I’m able to participate this month!

Since Mackerel is such a cheap fish, I’m also entering this post to Credit Crunch Much hosted by the fabulous and friendly Camilla and Helen over at FabFood4All and Fuss Free Flavours.

And if that wasn’t enough, since this dish uses dill in the dressing and as a garnish, I’m also entering this to Herbs on a Saturday hosted by Karen over at Lavender and Lovage.

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What’s your favourite way of serving Mackerel? Do let me know on the comments below!

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maggie April 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

If you have made this three times this is a great recommendation. I wish I used mackerel more in my dishes, it is a great value fish and one of my favourites. A feast for the eyes.


2 Jacqueline April 26, 2013 at 3:20 am

Yay! Your comment finally got through Maggie – thanks for persevering! It is such a tasty dish and made in no time at all :0)


3 Camilla @FabFood4All April 26, 2013 at 8:55 am

We used to have Smoked Mackeral every week with creamed horseradish and scrambled eggs but seem to have fallen out of the habit so thanks for posting the yummy recipe as it’s always nice to do something new. I think Nigel has a thing for oily fish and bacon! Thanks for entering Credit Crunch Munch:-)


4 Jacqueline April 26, 2013 at 9:18 am

Smoked Mackerel and creamed horseradish sounds delicious Camilla. Thanks again for all your help with testing my post. Means a lot :-)


5 Laura@howtocookgoodfood April 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

I know I would love this dish, being a big fan of mackerel and I must admit I never would have paired it with bacon as I usually like to add some sharp flavours with it but I know if you have eaten it loads then it must be good. I trust your judgement !


6 Jacqueline April 27, 2013 at 8:52 am

Thanks Laura – I think the earthiness of the new potatoes soaks of the dressing really well. I think you would like it!


7 Susan April 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Hi and thanks for entering dish of the month, love mackerel its one of my favourite fish as I love the meaty texture of it, it goes so well in this recipe.


8 Jacqueline April 27, 2013 at 8:53 am

Thanks for hosting the challenge Susan. I have been wanting to take part for a while ;-)


9 Nic April 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

I keep meaning to do the challenge too, where does the time go?

I love mackerel and this is going to be great for those warm summer days, if we get any! I’ve got several Nigel S books, but never made anything from them, or the series, even though the recipes look great.


10 Jacqueline April 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

I know what you mean Nic, I’d like to take part in other challenges but find it increasingly difficult to squeeze in the time! I would encourage you to try some of Nigel’s recipes. I’m sure you would enjoy them :-)


11 rebecca April 29, 2013 at 3:39 am

lovely salad and I miss the smoked mackerel from the UK


12 Jacqueline April 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

Thx Rebecca – does that mean you can’t get it in the US?


13 Caroline Taylor April 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

I’ve made something similar to this before so I know how good it must have tasted!


14 Jacqueline April 30, 2013 at 3:23 am

In the words of Larry David, it was prett-ay, prett-ay, pretty good ;-)


15 sippitysup April 30, 2013 at 1:21 am

I love that you did a mackerel recipe. So under appreciated on the food blogs. Great job. GREG


16 Jacqueline April 30, 2013 at 3:23 am

Thanks for your comment Greg and welcome to my blog. Glad you are a fan of mackerel too!


17 Karen April 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

ANOTHER Stunning entry thanks, and thanks for being such a wonderful supporter of Herbs on Saturday! Karen


18 Anyonita @ Anyonita Nibbles May 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

Oh, this is just a combination that works well every time, isn’t it? All three of my favorites in this! I love it! :) I’ve pinned it to my salad board. :) Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by to link up some of your recipes!


19 Jacqueline May 4, 2013 at 6:58 am

Thanks Anyonita for your kind comments and pinning and a warm welcome to my blog! I look forward to linking to you in the future.


20 rita cooks italian May 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

I like smoked mackerel, oily and tasty and I am sure I would enjoy this salad but the rest of my family eat only canned mackerel in rich tomato sauce topped by a huge amount of mayo (Danish style)….Thank you for the vinegar and onion tip.


21 Jacqueline May 13, 2013 at 5:57 am

Ah well, you can’t please everyone I suppose Rita :-)


22 Chris September 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Nice, this is a beautiful and delicious potato salad. It’s so good for eating more fish.


23 Jacqueline September 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

Thanks Chris, we have it quite regularly now. Such a good mix of flavours in the dish!


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