If you are sardine-averse, I am here to convert you with this citrusy salad.  Wild sardines are one of the healthiest foods around, and having canned sardines in your pantry opens up lots of sophisticated, no-cook meal options that are perfect for summer.  Wild Planet sardines have long been my preferred brand for both sardines and canned tuna, because they use sustainable practices and they have an excellent product, with higher Omega 3 profiles than most brands.  I ignore 95% of the PR contacts I receive because they are incompatible with my own food practices and philosophies, but I am happy to offer a reader giveaway of Wild Planet product vouchers (good for tuna and/or sardines–details at the end of the post) because I am a fan of their practices and their products.  If you have not yet started incorporating sardines into your diet, this is a great “starter” recipe.

Wild Sardine and Grapefruit Salad

This is a ceviche-style treatment of the fish that incorporates tart lime, the crunch and bite of red onion, some heat from Aleppo pepper, and a sweet counterpoint from the grapefruit.  Sardines have a rich, distinctive flavor that is well balanced with citrus, so I often use it as an element in salads.  This is a great appetizer or a light main meal.

Wild Sardine and Grapefruit Salad in Endive Cups
Recipe type: Appetizer, Main Dish
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 2-4
  • 2 cans Wild Planet Sardines in Spring Water, drained
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • juice of two limes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large red grapefruit, peeled and with membranes removed, in bite-sized pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Aleppo pepper (or crushed red pepper)
  • salt, to taste
  • Belgium Endive
  1. In a small mixing bowl, break the sardines into bite-sized pieces. Add the chopped red onion, lime juice, olive oil, grapefruit, Aleppo pepper, and salt, and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To serve, spoon some of the salad into individual Belgium endive leaves. Serve with lime wedges and/or chopped fresh cilantro sprinkled on top, if desired.

Wild Sardine and Grapefruit Salad

Beyond the benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids, sardines are also rich in B vitamins and they are a naturally low-mercury fish.  Health benefits aside, they are really delicious.  If you have doubts, I hope you will give this recipe a try.  You can learn more by liking Wild Planet’s Facebook page.

Giveaway has ended!  The winner was Carol–congratulations, Carol!

For the reader giveaway, Wild Planet will be sending four vouchers to one of my readers, each good for one can of any of their sardine or tuna products (approximate retail value of $20).  Please note that while I received product samples to use for this post, I was not compensated in any other way, this is just a a product I support and wanted to share with my readers.  Here are entry details:

-To enter, leave a comment after this post telling me your favorite way to enjoy sardines.  If you are not yet a convert but are willing to give them a try, just say that!

-For a second entry, “Like” Seasonal and Savory on Facebook, and then leave a second comment to say that you did so.  If you already “like” my page, leave a comment saying that and it will be your second entry.

-U.S. mailing addresses only, please.

-Giveaway ends at 5 p.m. MST on Sunday, July 28th.  I will select a winner using Random.org, and I will notify the winner via the email provided with their entry comment.  If I do not receive a response within 48 hours, I will select an alternative winner using the same method.

It’s just that simple!

Good luck, and thanks for reading,


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  1. Denise in Michigan

    Used to eat them long ago, but haven’t in many years. Time for an adventure again!

  2. Denise in Michigan

    I liked S and S for my 2nd entry!

  3. I have never tried sardines, but have been curious and just needed the right “gateway” recipe. I think this looks perfect!

    1. It really is a good way to get your feet wet, so to speak. Hope you enjoy!

  4. When I was a child I used to love to split a tin of sardines with my dad. He would just break them in half and put them on a cracker. It is hard for me to believe that I ever did that. I guess that is just a testament as to how much I loved my dad. I bet endive is better than a cracker.

    1. Karen, I have very similar memories–and he still eats them that way. Still good on a cracker.

  5. I do like sardines, although I haven’t eaten them in ages. What I love is that you put them in endive. 🙂 Grapefruit isn’t my favorite, but I could just swap it for an orange, yes?

    1. Oh, totally. And thanks for the sardine love 🙂

  6. Sounds and Looks Delicious!! Love the Combination of Flavors!! I bet the grapefruit and sardines goes together Great…YUM 🙂

    1. Thanks Brenda 🙂

  7. I absolutely am sold on Wild Planet products…by far, the best.
    I have only eaten the sardines plain, but that recipe looks so good that I am going to try it! 🙂

  8. I “liked” your FB page….
    wow, lots of great reading there! 😉

    1. Thanks, Carol! 🙂

  9. I like ‘ em straight out of the can with crackers!

  10. I like your page on Facebook!

  11. I have had sardines in the past but it has been ages. Time to bring
    the fun and benefits of sardines back! I am certainly a loyal and happy
    Wild Planet customer!!! Please consider me?????

  12. I liked your Facebook page!!! Thanks very much for this contest opportunity!

    1. Thanks, Nancy!

  13. My husband recently converted me to a sardine lover. I eat the on Triscuits with hot mustard

  14. Like you on FB! #990!!

  15. I love sardines on top of pretty much any salad. I have not tried very many recipes with sardines, but really should. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  16. I like Seasonal and Savory on Facebook as Amber Gillespie.
    Thanks again!

  17. I’m not yet a convert but are willing to give them a try

    1. I hope I can win you over 🙂

  18. “Like” Seasonal and Savory on Facebook

  19. Lovely work, Angela! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday over at Carole’s Chatter which is creating a collection of recipes using anchovies or sardines? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers

  20. Angela, thanks for stopping by to add this to the collection. I hope to see you again soon. Cheers

  21. My husband like sardines canned in tomato sauce, straight from the can with tortilla chips. :o) We usually use shrimp for ceviche but pescado or pulp are good too.

    1. You know, I have never tried them in tomato sauce–I need to try that.

      1. They are yummy. Sometime we add a little fresh onion and tomato.

        1. And maybe cilantro…I am definitely going to try this.

  22. I LOVE sardines on a salad with ginger dressing, or mashed up with mustard and sriracha. I’ve never had Wild Planet but am excited to try them!

  23. I’d love to eat sardines because they remind me of good times of my Dad. One of his favorite treats was to take saltine crackers , add sardines,and a little bit of dijon mustard. To this day I love them. For me, this is not an acquired taste its a desired taste!

  24. I am still trying to figure out my favorite way to use sardines. My sister loves them but I am not quite there yet.

  25. It sounds great. I will have to make it.

  26. I would love these for my dad!

  27. I don’t yet like sardines but will give them another chance, just for you, Angela.

    1. 🙂 Well if you win, you can always get the tuna…

  28. I already “like” Seasonal and Savory.

  29. I like you on Facebook.

  30. Great idea for a giveaway!

    I’m not sure what it is about dads and sardines, but they remind me of my Dad too — he used to get the smoked Norwegian kind packed in oil and we’d have them over toasted dark bread for lunch. With maybe some tomato soup on the side. Total childhood memory! Loved it!

    My (Filipino) mom buys the fresh kind and does them straight up on the grill. We pick the meat off the flesh and add just a squirt of lemon and a drizzle of soy sauce before eating with hot steamed rice. Simple and delicious. 🙂

    1. I adore fresh, grilled sardines–one of the best things, ever. Hard to find them around here, unfortunately.

  31. We eat sardines on crackers all the time. They are great sparingly on pizza and in seafood stuffing too! The recipe sounds sharp, salty and has some bite. I think I’d like this very much too!

  32. I love sardines out of the can, seasoned up with diced onion, lemon juice, chives and parsley. Oh and some black pepper…yum!

    1. Mmmmm…fresh chives sound good!

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