pickled apple and smoked mackerel salad


Faced with a glut of coxes I decided to try my hand at pickling a few. I can’t believe I’ve never done this before because pickled apples are truly superb. Sweet and crunchy yet saturated with the acidity of cider vinegar, these were the perfect partner to some smoked mackerel and fat chunks of garlic roasted onion squash. I trickled over lime and cumin yoghurt dressing for a truly autumnal mid week supper.

for the apples
2-3 coxes or other eating apples
200ml water
100ml cider vinegar
8 tsp. caster sugar
1 tsp. salt

for the roasted squash

one onion squash (or any squash) hacked into chunks

2 cloves of garlic, crushed
a sprinkling of mace
salt, oil

for the dressing
250ml greek yoghurt
a splash of olive oil
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. ground roasted cumin seeds
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 a finely diced red onion
the juice of half a lime

a handful of toasted sunflower seeds
smoked mackerel, flaked

  • mix the sugar, salt, vinegar and water together in a bowl until dissolved.  Core and chunk the apples and leave to steep in this mixture.
  • Toss the pieces of squash in the mace, garlic, salt and oil and roast for about 40-50 minutes at gas mark 4 until tender.
  • Mix the dressing ingredients together. Place the lettuce, seeds  and cress in a salad bowl with the mackerel. Add the roasted squash and the drained pickled apples. Dress liberally with the yoghurt.


  1. Freaky! I’ve been bookmarking pickled apple recipes for our glut these last few weeks. Not tried it yet. I usually do jellies, chutneys and the apple pie filling but wanted something different and came across pickled apples and got excited. So glad you’ve posted this!

  2. Oh this looks SO delicious and unusual – especially the dressing and the pickled apples…great way to use up the other half of my squash in the fridge and that packet of Aldi’s smoked trout!

    • gastrogeek

      why thanks Corinna – the dressing is amazing, I’ve started having it on everything! I do love a bit of smoked trout.

  3. Voy a prepararla porque tiene que estar muy buena!!!

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