Smoked mackerel salad with broccoli, apple, grapes and yoghurt dressing

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Paleo and AIP proof salad recipe

Living in a coastal area in Holland I grew up with fish. Especially herring and mackerel. Since we eat our herring raw, I haven’t posted any recipes with that yet… But smoked mackerel is probably something more known and ‘accepted’ internationally.

Mackerel = omega 3

The great benefit from both herring and mackerel is that they are caught in the wild. So they are still packed with omega 3. Salmon in Western Europa on the other hand, comes mainly from breeding in Atlantic basins. Were the fish are being fed with grains which leads to an omega 6 surplus. Also they get treated with antibiotics.

Mustard dressing

I use mustard in the dressing. If you are in the elimination phase of AIP you can use horseradish powder instead. Add just a little more yogurt then. And only use coconut yoghurt. No other yoghurt is AIP proof.

mackerel salad with broccoli grapes and apple and yoghurt honey dressing

Smoked mackerel salad with broccoli, apple, grapes and yoghurt dressing: paleo and AIP proof salad

ME (Marjolein Eikenboom)
Fresh summer salad packed with fruits, vegetables and omega 3 from wild caught fish. Completely paleo proof, and just some adjustments needed to make it AIP.
Free from dairy, eggs, eggwhites, grains, legumes, nightshade, nuts, peanuts, pseudograins, seeds, soy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course salad
Servings 2 people
Calories 157


  • sharp knife
  • bowl


  • 2 large smoked mackerel filets 250 – 300 grams total
  • 1 head broccoli
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 apples fresh and sweet
  • 1 grapes 159 grams
  • 5 tbsp almond yoghurt or coconut yoghurt
  • 4 tsp mustard
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
For aip
  • 5 tbsp coconut yoghurt no almond yoghurt (nuts)
  • 1 tsp horseradish powder no mustard (seeds)


  • Steam or blanch the broccoli for 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse off with cold water.
  • Mix the yoghurt of your choice with the mustard (or horseradish powder) and olive oil. Mix this through the broccoli
  • Pluck pieces om your mackerel filets en remove the skin (if still attached).
  • Dice the onion and apple. Cut the grapes in half. Add everything to the salad..

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