Simple sardine salad

Posted January 10, 2023

Last Updated: March 17, 2023

A salad with sardines and onions


  • 10 leaves of Romaine lettuce, chopped to 1"
  • 1 tin of sardines in olive oil
  • 1/4 c of onion, sliced thinly
  • pinch of salt/pepper
  • dash of red wine vinegar


  1. In a glass bowl sprinkle red wine vinegar over onions. Add salt/pepper to taste. You can make a large batch of this ahead of time and can serve as a [mignonette sauce for oysters](../mignonette-sauce).
  2. In a mixing bowl, smash sardines with a fork. Stir in "mignonette." Drizzle oil from can to taste.
  3. Toss with salad leaves

Simple sardine salad

How fast can you make a complete meal with sardines?

I read about how Jacques Pepin would make a simple salad in his autobiography. I adapted this salad according to his description of "canned sardines, served simply on top of salad with finely sliced onion and as sprinkling of red wine vinegar." It's simple and fulfilling, taking only a few minutes to prepare. The dressing is like a mignonette sauce with a pleasant sweetness. In fact, if you have mignonette sauce left over from oysters, I would suggest making this salad out of it.

This can serve as a quick lunch with minimal preparation. If you have the sauce already made, you can take it to go. Bag your washed and sliced romaine, place the sauce in a small jar and bring a tin of sardines. When ready to eat, empty all the ingredients in a freezer bag, shake, plate and enjoy. You can take this to work to ensure you have a nutritious meal during your workday.

Eating salad can be a healthy and enjoyable way to consume a variety of fruits and vegetables. Eating a salad can be a good way to increase your intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Over time they contribute to weight management. Eating salad as a side dish or as a main course can be a delicious and healthy option. This salad can serve as a full meal.

To take this dish to the next level, pair it with a crisp and acidic wine like a Sauvignon Blanc or dry Rosé. The lightness and freshness of the wine will complement the flavors of the salad perfectly. Imagine enjoying this salad outside on a sunny day, perhaps on your deck or in a park!