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Sardine & Artichoke Toasts

My in-laws were visiting for our “baby celebration”, a Jack and Jill party thrown by two of my girl friends which included no games, no opening of gifts, no table setting invaded with Pepto Bismol pink. Rather, a group of our friends and family mingling, eating and drinking in the backyard of a West Village brownstone. My ideal version of a baby shower.

On Sunday, late afternoon over an early dinner in Brooklyn Heights before they headed back to North Carolina, my mother in-law confessed her love for sardines. And as she has slimmed down and toned up in the last year she explained it was a result of a heavy vegetable and brain food diet. And, oh, limited sugar…

She eats sardines for lunch all the time but simply with just some raw vegetables and on a piece of toast. It got me thinking, especially because I loved them too. When I make them fresh, I grill them with salt, pepper and lemon, and let them be the star of the show.

When in a can drenched in oil, I enjoy transforming these creatures into a salad full of bold flavors and color.

With tuna or sardine salad the combinations are endless. I did some pantry diving and pulled from some of my produce I bought from the farmers market that week. The result: definitely worth sharing with you fine folks, and of course, my mother-in-law! šŸ™‚




2 tins of sardines packed in olive oil and salt

1/4 cup of black olives, chopped

4 artichoke hearts, finely chopped

1 Roma tomato, seeded and small dice

1 small Kirby cucumber (or similar), seeded and small dice, plus additional slices for topping

3 scallions, whites and greens finely chopped

Juice of half a lemon


2 pieces whole grain bread


  1. Drain sardines from olive oil, reserving a teaspoon on the side. Shred sardines with a fork until slightly mashed and broken up.
  2. Combine all other ingredients with sardines and add additional olive oil from tin if mixture is dry.
  3. Toast bread; top with sardine mixture and cucumber slices. Enjoy!


Satisfy your senses,
Amanda (follow me on Twitter!)

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