While I’m not scared to eat a sardine whole, I generally mash them into a simple sardine salad and enjoy with crackers or chips. Here’s my favorite basic recipe!
Today I’m sharing my favorite staple sardine salad recipe. It’s quick and easy to make, and like most things, you can tweak the flavors based on what you have in your house.
Here’s how to make my simple sardine salad
Start with two cans of sardines – this recipe serves two. Feel free to halve it for a onesie! I really like the Wild Planet brand, and sardines in a flavored oil have the most flavor.
Mash your sardines!
Dump them into a mixing bowl and look away while you mash with a fork. Then you have something that looks like the tuna salad you’ve been eating for ages!
Chop some some veggies
The smaller the better. I like peppers, celery and carrots, but today I used green pepper, red pepper and celery because that’s what I had on hand. Mix it up as you like! This was about a cup.
Add binders and seasonings
For my binders, I like a mixture of Greek yogurt to mayo instead of all of one or the other. The Greek yogurt lightens and brightens, but the mayo adds a richness that I miss when I leave it out. Mustard is also key for a little kick – Dijon or spicy brown – you pick! Capers are a favorite flavor of mine, but you could swap them out for chopped pickles or jalapeños if you’d like. And as for spices, smoked paprika and salt are the must-haves!
Mix it all together!
Mix it all together and you have your fancified tuna salad!
Best served with crackers or tortilla chips, but you can also put this on top of a salad or on bread as a sandwich.
Simple Sardine Salad
- 2 cans sardines in lemon drained
- 1 cup minced veggies
- 1.5 tbsp greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp mayo
- 1/2 tbsp mustard
- 1.5 tbsp capers
- 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/8 tsp kosher salt
- Drain sardines of oil and dump into a bowl. Mash with a fork.
- Add rest of ingredients and mix well.
- Serve with crackers or chips.