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Spring salad with smoked mackerel, beetroot and horseradish cream

Rachel Allen's spring salad with smoked mackerel is a mouthwatering combo full of punchy flavours.
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Ready time:30 minutes

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Prep time:
15 minutes

Cooking time:
12-15 minutes

1 serving provides

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  1. Place the potatoes in a large pan of cold water, bring to the boil, then simmer for 12-15 minutes until tender. Add in the asparagus for the last 1½ minutes of the cooking time, then drain and set aside to cool slightly. 
  2. In a bowl, mix together the horseradish, 1 tablespoon of the white wine vinegar, the crème fraîche, half of the lemon juice and 1 tablespoon cold water. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 
  3. To make the salad dressing, mix the remaining white wine vinegar with the lemon juice, caster sugar, oil and mustard powder. 
  4. Place the potatoes, asparagus, onion, cucumber, radishes, tomatoes, parsley and watercress in a large salad bowl and toss to combine. 
  5. Pour over the salad dressing and gently combine with all the vegetables, then top with the flaked mackerel and beetroot. Drizzle with the horseradish cream and serve immediately. 


Cook's tips:

Save time by making the salad dressing in advance. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

You could use rocket, spinach or any other fine leaf salad leaves to go in the salad.

You could also use any smoked fish or smoked chicken/duck breast instead of the mackerel.

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  • ½ x 500g bag mini new potatoes by Sainsbury's, halved
  • 350g bunch Sainsbury's asparagus, each spear cut into 3 pieces
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish sauce by Sainsbury's
  • 2½ tablespoons Sainsbury's white wine vinegar
  • 150ml crème fraîche by Sainsbury's
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon Fairtrade white caster sugar by Sainsbury's
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower oil by Sainsbury's
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cucumber, washed, halved, deseeded and thinly sliced
  • ½ x 200g pack radishes by Sainsbury's, washed, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 250g pack Sainsbury's baby plum tomatoes, washed and halved lengthways
  • ½ x 28g pack fresh flat-leaf parsley by Sainsbury's, washed and chopped
  • 75g bag baby leaf watercress by Sainsbury's
  • 250g pack British smoked mackerel fillets by Sainsbury's, skin removed and flaked into pieces
  • ½ x 300g pack beetroot dipped in malt vinegar by Sainsbury's, cut into small cubes