Sardine, Chickpea & Celery Salad

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Sardines are excellent sources of Omega-3 fatty acids. They have particularly high concentrations of docosahexaenonic acid (DHA)—the omega-3 that seems to provide the most brain benefits. Studies suggest that increasing your intake of DHA and other omega-3s may provide neuroprotection throughout the lifespan, from the womb to old age. Among other things, omega-3s have been shown to protect brain health in newborns, improve cognitive performance in adults, and prevent or ameliorate age-related cognitive decline. Sardines are also high in vitamin B12, which has been demonstrated to be one of the most important vitamins for cognitive health and neuroprotection.


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Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 8 sardines, water or oil packed, 3 ¾ oz (plain or smoked, no sauce)
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 15 ½ oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 Tbsps freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp ground cumin, preferably roasted or toasted
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper



  • Wash the celery and trim the tops and bottoms. Use a mandoline or a sharp knife to cut each celery stalk into very thin slices, diagonally. Combine the celery slices with the chickpeas and parsley in a serving bowl.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, salt and pepper to taste. Toss the salad with the dressing and allow to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Remove the sardines from the tin, and break each one into two pieces. Top each individual serving of salad with four sardine pieces. Serve at room temperature.


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