This sardine and scallion salad is inspired by a local business owner and chef in the town where I grew up: Sheboygan, Wisconsin. A woman named Toy was famous for her international grocery store, restaurant, and very popular cooking classes. She was generous with many of her recipes, but kept a few ‘up her sleeve’ that nobody could seem to wrangle from her.
This salad is one my mom recreated during Easter weekend, almost entirely from memory. It has some reminiscences of a Thai fish salad, as I attempted to reverse engineer the recipe through Google, and is a nice change of pace from your more traditional tuna or chicken salad. We hope you’ll enjoy!
Brent recently bought a case smoked oysters because they are super nutrient dense. He ate them for breakfast one morning but I didn’t think I would enjoy them plain like that. As it turned out, they are pretty delicious on their own.
Still, I wanted to find a way to use them in a more palatable way. Smoked oysters are super savory. So, I perused the produce aisle in the grocery store looking for things to balance them with bright, refreshing flavors. Enjoy this salad on it’s own or with a side of steak!
Growing up, my parents either cooked or took us out to dinner for fish nearly every Friday night. I did not like fish. I loved shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab), but regular fish was always so… fishy. Still, my parents insisted. I would eat as little of the fish as possible, choosing to fill up on vegetables and rice or bread.
Sometime in high school, I started enjoying salmon and, since meeting Brent, I’ve sampled different kinds of fish at restaurants and we have created quite a few fish recipes. My palate has certainly grown and I actually enjoy some preparations of fish now! Some of my favorites are our basil salmon burgers, cod fritters, and grilled swordfish.
This particular recipe is super easy and ready in just about 30 minutes. It’s perfect for a quick and no-hassel dinner after a long day at the office. Pair it with some sautéed spinach, steamed broccoli, or other vegetables!
Sunday was our first Valentine’s Day together as a married couple. Honestly, I nearly forgot it was coming. We have been so busy with work and getting settled into the new house, it seemed to sneak up on us. We don’t normally put a lot of stock into Valentine’s Day, but it crossed my mind that maybe we should have planned something nice.
But, I simply grabbed a few extra special ingredients at the store and we spent Sunday normally. We went to the gym, cooked a few recipes, and watched a movie. Still, something was extra special that day. Maybe it was the magic of Valentine’s Day. Or, maybe it was the magic of this recipe. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
It’s been a crazy couple of months for us: We got married, bought a house, and now are working hard to get the new place ready to move in. When we’re looking for a quick and easy meal that is versatile and lasts all week, we turn to this tuna salad recipe. That said, we’re back to working on packing. We can’t wait to see you in the new year with new recipes, a new look (!?), and more.