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Sardine Salad with Parsley and Lemon

Tapas-style sardine salad makes a good appetizer, lunch, small dinner plate, snack, or even breakfast.
Sardine salad in a blue bowl with bread on the side

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I owe a big thank you to my food-loving friend Carolyn for introducing me to this simple, delicious, nutritious sardine salad. (Sardines are packed with vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, and protein! Sardines are not packed with mercury! So says Wikipedia!)

This remarkably concise dish features only four main ingredients, each intensely flavorful. A small bite goes a long way.

And on a scale from effortless to elementary, this recipe’s difficulty rating hovers somewhere around “imbecile-proof.” Sardine-loving imbeciles, rejoice!

Serve with good bread or crackers, along with optional roasted red peppers and/or slices of hard-boiled egg. Makes a delicious small dinner plate, light lunch, or even breakfast for those inclined towards savory morning fare.

sardine salad

Sardine Salad with Parsley and Lemon

Robin Donovan
This remarkably concise dish features only four main ingredients, each intensely flavorful. A small bite goes a long way.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer Recipes
Cuisine American
Calories 104 kcal


  • 1 4- ounce can of lightly smoked* sardines including oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice from about one lemon
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup chopped curly leaf parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  • Remove bones from sardines, if needed, and chop.
  • In a small serving bowl, mix chopped sardines (along with the oil from the can), lemon juice, onion, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  • Taste and add salt, pepper, and/or lemon as needed.

Serve with bread or crackers.


    Serving: 1Calories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 8gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 231mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
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    By on April 25th, 2012


    Hi, I’m Robin! I am a full-time food blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. I spend my days cooking, writing about, and photographing food.

    I’m the author of more than 50 cookbooks, including Ramen for Beginners5 Ingredient Cooking for TwoSushi at HomeThe Baking Cookbook for Teens, and the bestselling Campfire Cuisine.

    My food writing has also been featured in major print and online pubications including Cooking Light, Fitness, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and others. → More about Robin

    3 thoughts on “Sardine Salad with Parsley and Lemon”

    1. Lovely work! 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


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