Sardines are the new tuna. Period. And luckily you can sub them for almost anything you would make with canned tuna. Try making this simple sardine salad and I promise it will become a weekly staple in your kitchen. Canned sardine is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and a spectrum of necessary minerals. Plus sardines are one of the lowest ranked fish for mercury contamination (tuna is among the highest!).
Everything you make will depend on the quality of the ingredients you use. Here's what I use...
These canned sardines are a great buy at Costco. They're sustainably wild caught and are prepped in olive oil. They come in a 6-pack which comes out to $1.83 per can.
Call me a snob, but I started making my own mayonnaise and I'm a little obsessed. I'll be adding that recipe soon. Otherwise I'd recommend this Primal Kitchen Mayo made with avocado oil.
Mustard is one of my favorite condiments. It's flavorful without the calories. I'm a big fan of both a coarse grain or a smooth dijon. I think a fancy high quality mustard makes a great gift. But if you go through a ton like me, consider this bulk pack of dijon by Sir Kensington's.
Sometimes my local Costco stocks organic carrots, sometimes it doesn't. Organic carrots are one of those ingredients I find are worth the price at whole foods. They keep long in the fridge and aren't much more expensive than regular carrots. Conventionally grown carrots absorb large amounts of organochlorines and other harmful sprays right into the root that we eat. No thanks.
- 3x 4.4 oz. cans sardines, separated from oil & flaked with a fork
- 1/3 c mayonnaise
- 2x tbs dijon or coarse grain mustard
- 1x large, finely shredded carrot
Try this sardine salad on a crusty, toasted baguette (the organic French baguette from Trader Joe's isn't bad) topped with organic micro greens or alfalfa sprouts.
Going gluten-free? Serve with organic seedy crackers (I love the gluten-free ones from Trader Joe's) or top with a handful of raw walnuts for a satisfying crunch and eat by the spoonful.
Please let me know if you try it out!