I owe a big thank you to my food-loving friend Carolyn for introducing me to this simple, delicious, nutritious sardine salad. (Sardines are packed with vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein! Sardines are not packed with mercury! So says Wikipedia!) This remarkably concise dish features only four main ingredients, each intensely flavorful. A small bite goes a long way. And on a scale from effortless to elementary, this recipe’s difficulty rating hovers somewhere around “imbecile-proof.” Sardine-loving imbeciles, rejoice!
Serve with good bread or crackers, along with optional roasted red peppers and/or slices of hard-boiled egg. Makes a delicious small dinner plate, light lunch, or even breakfast for those inclined towards savory morning fare.
Sardine Salad with Parsley and Lemon
This remarkably concise dish features only four main ingredients, each intensely flavorful. A small bite goes a long way.
- Yield: 2-4
- 1 4-ounce can of lightly smoked* sardines, including oil
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice (from about one lemon)
- ¼ cup chopped red onion
- ½ cup chopped curly leaf parsley
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* If you can’t find lightly smoked sardines, regular is fine.
- Remove bones from sardines, if needed, and chop.
- In a small serving bowl, mix chopped sardines (along with the oil from the can), lemon juice, onion, parsley, salt, and pepper.
- Taste and add salt, pepper, and/or lemon as needed.
Serve with bread or crackers.