But like I said, I love them. This salad gets to the table in under 10 minutes, start to finish. And that is if you are slow. Pantry staple, easy on the budget.. a sustainable fish. C'mon.. give it a try. With a nutrition profile like this, aiming for 3 times a week is a good thing. Soon, you'll be smearing them on crackers or flatbread or any bread you have on hand.. a touch of mustard makes this heaven for me. Linguini tossed with sardines, olive oil, garlic and olives.. you can't go wrong. This salad is a good beginner way to enjoy them. And all the other ingredients are excellent health boosting. You have to feel good eating a salad like this.
Sardine & Ceci (Garbanzo) Bean Salad1 can of Ceci Beans (garbanzo) rinsed and drained
1/4 cup red onion, diced
handful of fresh parsley, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1-3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
S+ fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 tin of sardines in olive oil
In a bowl combine everything except the sardines. Mix all together well and then add sardines, folding in gently. (I do them last, as I like to have some bigger chunks.. if you'd rather camouflage the sardines, mix them with everything else. They kinda disintegrate in.)
I start with just 1 tablespoon of vinegar and add more if needed at the end. You don't want it to overpower but have a nice acid balance to the oily fish.
Try these optional additions...
1 small clove of garlic, minced
baby spinach (makes a great bed for this salad.. however, I usually need to add a drizzle more of balsamic vinegar.)
Sliced Avocado, dusted with sea salt
a squirt of yellow mustard
The garlic is a health boost and you're already fishy already.. so why not? The tomato.. a no-brainer and the cucumber adds some crunch. The feta is a salty option that is amazing. I know as a good Italian, I am never to add to cheese to pesce but here.. I think it's mediterranean Greek custom and it's good for me! Briny olives just pair perfectly here. And lastly, don't judge but I love mustard and sardines... so I always end up adding just a squirt on my plate to dip my fork in. Ok, that's weird.
at this point, it's ready to eat.
Anything more is extra.. and according to mood.