Warm Mackerel Salad

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Great crunchy texture and vibrant colours too!

The robust flavours in this autumnal salad complement each other well and make a tasty main meal salad that’s also excellent value for money.

For 2 portions

2 mackerel fillets

100g red cabbage – very finely sliced

2 salad onions – trimmed and chopped

50g mixed green salad leaves

4 radishes – very finely sliced

2 small, cooked beetroots - very finely sliced

Dressing the salad – a drizzle of walnut oil, squeeze of lemon juice, a few sprigs of fresh dill and black pepper.

Optional horseradish side dish:

2 teaspoons finely grated fresh horseradish root

2 tablespoons crème fraiche

Teaspoon lemon juice

Black pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/Gas Mark 4.  Place the mackerel fillets in a shallow tin and warm in the oven for about 15 minutes.

Mix the horseradish side dish ingredients together and put to one side.

In the meantime, prepare the salad.  On each plate arrange the mixed leaves, red cabbage and salad onions.

Arrange the beetroot and radishes.  Once the mackerel is warm remove the skin and flake into large pieces and place on top of the salad.

Garnish with oil, lemon juice, black pepper and fresh dill.  Serve with a spoonful of horseradish cream and enjoy!

Mackerel is an excellent source of protein and vitamin E.  It has ani-inflammatory properties and supports good immunity.

Red cabbage contains a high level of flavonoids and other antioxidant nutrients.  It has antibacterial properties and supports the immune system.  Other varieties of cabbage have good levels of nutrients.  Generally, the more colourful the cabbage the higher the nutritional value.

Beetroot is high in nitric oxide which helps dilate the capillaries and increase blood flow to the brain.

This helps optimise oxygen and nutrient levels vital for optimising brain function.  A good source of fibre, beetroot also supports the bodies detoxification processes and the immune system.

Radishes are a good source of calcium, magnesium and potassium.  They are known to support the production of digestive enzymes.