I had never tried sardines before and this salad made them palatable. I know that doesn’t sound like the most ringing of endorsements, but coming from me, it’s a freaking blue ribbon.
But truly, this salad is a powerhouse of Omega-3s and healthy, satiating fats. The assertive flavors here help balance out the briny sardines. Lemon helps tame the fishiness. A range of textures keeps things interesting.
If you like sardines, you’ll enjoy this salad. If you’ve been meaning to give them a try, this salad is a great starting point. If you just can’t be convinced of the health benefits of sardines, try tuna, bay shrimp, or any cooked fish fillet instead.
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced and mashed to a paste with a pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. capers
salt and pepper, to taste
2 radishes, sliced
4 green onions, sliced thinly
Couple handfuls of mixed greens
1 can sardines
1 avocado, sliced
Handful cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup basil, shredded
1) Make dressing: Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Lightly mash the capers with a fork.
2) Add radishes, green onions, and greens to a large bowl. Toss with dressing. Top each plate with 1/2 the sardines, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 tomatoes, and 1/2 of the basil.