This recipe breaks our knee jerk association of Omega 3s with salmon.

Wonderful though salmon is, it’s worth remembering the other SMASH* fishes are both delicious and inexpensive.  And, because they’re smaller and lower on the food chain than salmon and tuna, they carry much lower concentrations of pollutants like mercury.

This is a variant of tuna salad, but with a lot more punch and flavor.  Serving this on avocado takes it into lunch heaven.

Ingredients:
– 1 stalk celery**
– 2-3 sprigs flat leaf parsley
– 2″ wide piece of orange or red pepper
– 1 can water-packed*** sardines
– Juice of half a lime
– 1-2 Tb good mayonnaise
– 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
– Halved avocados
– Sliced cucumbers

Directions:
1. Mince the celery, parsley, and pepper.
2. Drain the contents of the tin of sardines and chop finely; no need to remove the bones. (If you have cats, they’ll be happy to clean the tin for you. They need their Omega 3s too!)
3. Add the lime juice, mayonnaise, and cayenne pepper to the minced vegetables.
4. Mix well and serve on avocado halves, with sliced cucumbers on the side.

*SMASH = salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines, herring
**Please always use organic celery (see ewg.org for the Clean Fifteen/Dirty Dozen food list)
***You can use oil-packed fish, but it has a heavier taste, and there’s no guarantee on the quality of the oil.

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