Smoked Mackerel Pasta Salad with Asparagus

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Smoked mackerel pasta salad is a delicious fish dish with roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes and rocket. It’s the perfect summer dinner!

Welcome to my first pasta salad post of the year!

White bowl of mackerel pasta salad with asparagus and cherry tomatoes on a marble surface

Close up of mackerel pasta salad in a glass bowl with a wooden spoon

And it definitely won’t be the last. I am a big pasta salad lover, always have been. In fact it’s probably in my top ten favourite things about summer.

I mean, you’re combining the light summer freshness of a salad with all the carbs you need for a comforting and filling meal. From a caprese pasta salad to a Greek orzo salad there are so many ways to enjoy this wonderful dish.

And now I’ve created what might be my favourite pasta salad yet! This one has smoked mackerel, roasted asparagus, rocket, cherry tomatoes and a lemony mustardy dressing which is to die for.

Glass bowl of dressing for mackerel pasta salad on a marble background

Mackerel pasta salad in a glass bowl with a striped cloth

Why we love this mackerel pasta salad:

  • It’s full of healthy ingredients like mackerel and asparagus to make a super healthy meal perfect for a summer dinner
  • It’s so quick and easy to make with the whole thing coming together in the time it takes to boil some pasta and roast some asparagus
  • It’s easy to customise depending on what ingredients you have on hand so throw in any vegetables you like
  • This pasta salad is great for meal prep as it keeps in the fridge for a few days. I like to keep it on hand for quick lunches during the week

Glass bowl of mackerel pasta salad with asparagus and tomatoes with gold forks

Close up of mackerel pasta salad in a glass bowl with tomatoes and rocket

Mackerel Pasta Salad Ingredients:

  • Pasta: I used fusilli but any short cut pasta will work
  • Asparagus: Simply roasted with salt, pepper and olive oil 
  • Smoked Mackerel: I buy mine from the fridge section in the supermarket and flake it before adding to the salad
  • Rocket: Also know as arugula
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Lemon Dijon Dressing: Made from a mixture of lemon juice, white wine vinegar, dijon mustard and olive oil

Side on shot of glass bowl of mackerel pasta salad on a marble surface

Overhead shot of mackerel pasta salad with a wooden spoon on a striped cloth

How to make mackerel pasta:

  1. Cook the pasta and asparagus: Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Toss the asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 10 minutes.
  2. Prep all of the ingredients: Flake the mackerel, whisk together the dressing and cut the asparagus into thirds.
  3. Finish the pasta salad: Toss together all of the pasta salad ingredients and drizzle with the dressing, toss again and serve.

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Side on shot of glass bowl of mackerel pasta salad with a wooden spoon

Expert tips for making this mackerel pasta salad:

  • This recipe is a great way to use up leftover cooked pasta so try making a little extra another night and use to make this pasta salad
  • Adding other vegetables works really well in this pasta salad, cucumber or spinach would be delicious. If you want to make this meal healthier then try increasing the amount of vegetables and reducing the pasta
  • To store this pasta salad for later, put in airtight containers and place in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • To make this recipe gluten free simply use your favourite brand of gluten free pasta

Can you adapt this mackerel recipe?

This is how I love to serve this pasta recipe but you could definitely adapt it according to your tastes. There are loads of spring/summer vegetables that would taste delicious in here so go for whatever you fancy. 

Can you use tinned mackerel?

You could definitely use tinned smoked mackerel rather than fresh in this recipe – just make sure you use a good quality brand.

White bowl of mackerel pasta salad on a marble background with a gold fork

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White bowl of mackerel pasta salad on a marble background with a gold fork

Smoked Mackerel Pasta Salad with Asparagus

Smoked mackerel pasta salad is a delicious fish dish with roasted asparagus, cherry tomatoes and rocket. It's the perfect summer dinner!
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 531kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 300 g Pasta
  • 250 g Asparagus
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 250 g Smoked Mackerel Fillets this was 2 fillets for me
  • 70 g Rocket
  • 200 g Cherry Tomatoes halved

For the dressing

  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 4 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Black Pepper


  • Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water according to packet instructions. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast for 10 minutes.
  • Whisk together all of the dressing ingredients.
  • Drain the pasta and refresh under cold water then place in a large bowl. Flake the mackerel and add to the pasta with the rocket and cherry tomatoes. Cut the asparagus into thirds and add to the pasta. Pour over the dressing and toss everything together. Serve.
Nutrition Facts
Smoked Mackerel Pasta Salad with Asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 531 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 721mg21%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 1170IU23%
Vitamin C 21.7mg26%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    23/05/2019 at 10:21 AM

    5 stars
    We usually have tuna or salmon in a pasta salad, so this makes a nice change.

  • Reply
    23/05/2019 at 10:40 AM

    5 stars
    I’m loving everything with asparagus these days and this looks like a wonderful combination. So colourful, what a great summer dish.

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    23/05/2019 at 10:45 AM

    5 stars
    just the other day i was telling someone how much i loved mackerel. at perfect timing. great idea to use smoked mackerel in a salad. that lemon dressing sounds divine!

  • Reply
    Mary Bostow
    23/05/2019 at 11:07 AM

    5 stars
    This looks great! Easy to throw together and satisfying! Might make this for lunch tomorrow.

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    23/05/2019 at 11:19 AM

    5 stars
    I love the flavour of smoked mackerel, we often eat it. This is a great way to enjoy it and perfect for a healthy summer meal.

  • Reply
    Emma M
    26/05/2019 at 6:09 PM

    5 stars
    Just had this for dinner and followed it totally to the “T”. Absolutely delicious and loved by all the family (although I wasn’t able to add the Red Devils (tomatoes) until after I had dished out a portion to my daughter. Thank you once again for a lovely, healthy, delicious meal A* loved it!!

    • Reply
      27/05/2019 at 10:05 PM

      Thank you so much Emma, so glad you liked it!

  • Reply
    30/04/2020 at 7:08 PM

    5 stars
    Oh my goodness this was so so yummy! Definitely one for the recipe book!

    • Reply
      04/05/2020 at 7:58 PM

      Thanks so much Leah!

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