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.
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.
- 2 cans Wild Planet Sardines in Spring Water, drained
- ⅓ cup finely chopped red onion
- juice of two limes
- ¼ 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
- 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.
- 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.
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,