Sometimes, you need a recipe in your back pocket for an easy, light dinner – those times when you want more than a sandwich, when you want to feel like you’ve had … well … something.  But nothing too heavy.  And definitely nothing that’s going to take too long to prepare.

This is one of those recipes.

When the mister has a working lunch and doesn’t want a big dinner, this is the dish I love to make.

New Potato and Smoked Mackerel Salad

  • 1 lb waxy new potatoes
  • 1/2 lb hot smoked mackerel (although hot smoked trout or salmon would be lovely, too)
  • 1 heaping Tbsp creamy horseradish
  • 2 heaping Tbsp creme fraiche (if you don’t want to use dairy, substitute mayonnaise)
  • zest and juice of a lemon
  • 2-3 Tbsp chives, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste (with the smoked fish, you won’t need much salt, so go easy)
  • Arugula and/or watercress

Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender.  While still hot, cut into quarters or break them into rough pieces.  Toss with the horseradish, creme fraiche, lemon and chives to coat thoroughly.  Add 3/4 of the fish, crumbled, and toss again, then taste and season.  Serve warm on a bed of arugula or watercress or a mixture of both and top with the remaining fish.