Greek Fish Salad with Mackerel and Capers

This Greek fish salad with mackerel and capers is one of many fish salads found throughout Greece, where oily fish such as mackerel are incredibly esteemed. Mackerel is especially high in omega-3 fatty acids and also packs in lots of other nutrients. Mackerel is rich in protein and minerals such as calcium, potassium, selenium, and magnesium. Those minerals are essential for your heart, bones, teeth, nerves, and muscles.Mackerel is also loaded with lots of vitamins, including vitamin B3, vitamin A, vitamin D, choline, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin K, and vitamin E.  

10 min


  • 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp horseradish or more, as desired
  • 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard or mustard powder
  • Strained fresh juice of half a lemon
  • 3 Tbsp strained, fresh orange juice
  • 10 oz/300 g smoked mackerel fillets
  • 1 heaping teaspoon of capers drained, rinsed, and finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 small white onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 Tbsp finely chopped celery
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 orange halves, hollowed out
  • Crusty bread to serve the dip on lemon slices, and baby tomatoes.


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, horseradish, lemon juice, orange juice, mustard, and olive oil until smooth.

  2. Break up the mackerel fillets into flaky pieces in another bowl and toss with the capers, walnuts, onion, celery, and chives. Mash all together lightly using a fork.

  3. Combine the fish mixture with the yogurt mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve on bread slices, bruschetta, inside endive leaves, or, if desired into the hollowed out halves of fresh oranges.

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