Warm Brussels Sprout, Carrot, Pasta and Smoked Mackerel Salad

quick pasta salad with Brussel sprouts and mackerel


  • 500g penne pasta (or other shape)
  • 500g Brussels sprouts (cut in halves lenghtwise)
  • 500g carrots (coarsely sliced)
  • 2-3 tbs Carotino or olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs fresh or frozen chopped dill
  • black peppercorns
  • ½ – 1 tbs garlic granules
  • fine sea salt to taste
  • 500g ready to eat smoked mackerels, about 4-6 (flaked or segmented)


  • wok to fry carrots (or roasting tray)
  • large pot to cook pasta and then mix all ingredients together
  • pot to cook Brussels sprouts
  • colander


  1. In a large pot cook pasta in slightly salted water, drain, return to the pot and leave aside.
  2. In meantime cook also Brussels sprouts (halved) in water until soft to your liking, drain and leave aside.
  3. In a wok fry carrots on oil until browned and soft to your liking. Once carrots and done combine them with Brussels sprouts, continue heating the wok until all water from Brussels sprouts is gone.
  4. Add veggies to the pot with drained pasta. Add also mackerels, garlic granules, dill, season to taste with freshly ground pepper and salt if necessary. Serve immediately while still warm or later cooled down.

Serves 4-6 people.

  • You can also roast carrots with a little bit of oil instead of frying them.
  • Add a little bit more oil if salad is too dry.

Looking for more Brussels sprout recipes?

Jeanne of Cook Sister has quite a few of them on her blog, like those caramelised garlic, lemon and chilli Brussels sprouts

or sautéed Brussels sprouts with Nduja and preserved lemon.

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Your thoughts…

  1. This looks really good.

  2. What a delicious and savory looking salad! I love all the ingredients, especially the smoked mackerel. YUM!

  3. Smoked mackerel? Never had these…the pasta looks delicious and very tasty :-)

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