Sardine Salad Over Noodles


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Follow Me on Pinterest Sardines are a good source of iron and this particular recipe adds vitamin C foods as well, great complementary foods for iron absorption.

This sardine salad brings together a surprising mix of ingredients. The blending of all these flavors creates a whole new dish. No one flavor dominates this recipe which is complex and satisfying. The flavor is such that you might be able to convince someone who has sworn off sardines to taste them again for the very first time.

Serve this dish with some crusty sourdough and plenty of butter.

(Read our in-depth sardine profile for more about this great fish.)

Sardine Salad Ingredients

  • 2 small sardine tins in tomato sauce (or one larger one)

  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of large black olives, halved
  • 2 tablespoons fennel greens, minced
  • 3 cups arugula leaves, torn
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups wide rice noodle, cooked and hot (alternative: cooked fettuccine)
  • 1 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 4 sprigs of fennel greens
  • Dash of Parmesan cheese (optional)

Sardine Salad Steps

  1. Break up the sardines in a large mixing bowl, making sure to include the juices and oil from the can for full flavor.

  2. Toss in the onion, olives, garlic, tomatoes, fennel greens. Handle the mixture lightly, but you want as even a mixing as possible.
  3. Adjust for salt and pepper.
  4. Pile the arugula leaves on top of the sardine mixture. Drizzle with oil and lemon juice. Toss lightly.
  5. To serve, divide the noodles among four plates and top with the sardine salad.
  6. Garnish the plates with the pine nuts and fennel sprigs. Add more olive oil if the salad looks dry. A dash of Parmesan cheese would also go well with this dish.

The flavors are much better if this dish is hot or room temperature. If you have leftovers, you may want to allow it to come to room temperature before enjoying it.

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12 Responses to Sardine Salad Over Noodles
  1. jmr
    May 29, 2012 | 8:29 am

    This sounds really interesting. I’ve never tried sardines, but I like all the other ingredients in this. I’m trying branch out and eat new things…I’ll give this a go.

  2. Jackie
    May 29, 2012 | 6:55 pm

    My husband loves sardines so I might just have to make this for him! Great idea!

  3. Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com
    May 30, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Wow, this sounds absolutely heavenly! We love sardines, but I don’t have very many recipes for using them. This sounds hearty enough that my husband would like it, even. Thanks!

  4. Alea
    May 30, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    What a delicious way to serve sardines!

  5. Sandra
    May 31, 2012 | 7:55 am

    I love sardines….my family on the other hand, not so much lol

  6. Alison
    May 31, 2012 | 11:10 am

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had sardines, I might have to pick up a tin or two and see if they are as tasty as I remember!

    Stopping by from the Frugal Food Thursday carnival.

    Under the Big Oak Tree

  7. Jane Hanke
    June 1, 2012 | 3:10 am

    Nice recipe. It’s easier to prepare and more nutritious. Thanks that you’ve shared.

  8. Miz Helen
    June 1, 2012 | 1:43 pm

    This is a very interesting salad with a great flavor combination. I am looking forward to trying it. Hope you have a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Terry
    June 2, 2012 | 12:05 am

    Sounds interesting. My husband LOVES sardines so it’s sure to be a hit! Pinning.

  10. Lea H
    June 3, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  11. France
    June 6, 2012 | 5:58 pm

    Hi Amanda. I just love how you combined fennel, olives and pine nuts with the sardines. I bet this takes them to a whole new level.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Whole Food Wednesdays.
    http://www.beyondthepeel.net

  12. Laura
    June 6, 2012 | 7:28 pm

    Looks yummy! But you know what? I’ve never had sardines. I will definitely have to give this a try!

    Thanks for linking up with Frugal Food Thursday at Frugal Follies!  The new linky is up so please come link up your latest recipes!

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