Smoked Mackerel Salad With Honeydew Chili Salsa

A great way of balancing a the oily and fatty flavors of the mackerel with the pungent freshness of the sweet salsa.


  • 2 large smoked mackerels
  • 10 sweet cocktail tomatoes
  • 1/4 honeydew melon
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 finely chopped green chili (adjust amount to your own taste)
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt & pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 bunch dill
  • 7 oz (200 g) mixed salad leaves
  • 8 thin slices of day old white bread (here ciabatta)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C)
  2. Flake the mackerels, and make sure to remove all the skin and bones.
  3. Finely dice the honeydew and cocktail tomatoes and place them in a mixing bowl. Add the finely chopped chili and ginger, sugar and vinegar. Gently stir until all the ingredients are well mixed. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Leave in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Bake the bread slices in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until crispy and golden brown (you can also coat them in some olive oil and herbs before, but with the mighty flavors of the mackerel in this dish, I actually prefer the “croutons” aú natural here)
  5. Rinse and dry the salad leaves. Place the salad on the plate and the mackerel fillets in the middle. Top with a good amount of salsa (avoid the liquid), and garnish with dill.
  6. Gently pour some of the remaining liquid from the salsa on the salad. Squeeze a little fresh lemon on the fish, and finally drizzle a little olive oil around the plate as a finishing touch.
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