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5-Minute Keto Sardines Salad Recipe [Paleo, AIP]

Louise | August 8
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We’ve been going a bit crazy for canned sardines lately. We’re in Lisbon, a city that has been called “city of sardines”, and there are tons of amazing sardines to use in this keto sardines salad recipe.

sardines in lisbon - a paleo food

Our favorite is this brand called Pinhais – in fact you can see several cans of them on our table there!  They’re the most expensive sardines I’ve seen here (over $5 per can for their special limited edition one), but they are definitely worth it!  Their sardines are more tender than the others I’ve tried here (and I’ve tried quite a few already).  Unfortunately, it’s tough to get any of these brands in the US, so I guess it’s a good reason to visit Portugal. However, in the US, you can get quite a few good ones on Amazon – like this Wild Planet Wild Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the health benefits of sardines, then check out these 2 articles (here and here).

And if you’re worried about mercury levels in fish (then rest assured that sardines are low in mercury and high in omega-3s).

Feeling “fin”spired to make yourself a fish-based salad but sardines aren’t your thing? Then you might like our keto smoked salmon salad recipe – complete with a poached egg!

5-Minute Keto Sardines Salad Recipe

I love how fast this recipe is to make – it takes just 5 minutes to put together, which means you can get lunch or dinner ready super fast.

This sardines salad recipe is Ketogenic, Paleo, and AIP. Yep, this easy healthy salad is good for every sort of diet.

So, here are the instructions and step-by-step photos to put together this sardines salad in no time.

Step 1: Prepare some salad greens and toss with olive oil and lemon juice.

Tip: use your hands to toss the salad greens!
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Step 2: Add in some chopped deli meat or bacon pieces.

5-minute keto sardines salad recipe #paleo #keto #lowcarb #aip

Step 3: Top with drained canned sardines.

5-minute keto sardines salad recipe #paleo #keto #lowcarb #aip

Sardine salad dishes can be a fab idea to serve up at a dinner party or buffet. This Mediterranean sardine salad would make a pretty centrepiece.

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Easy Sardines Salad Recipe [Paleo, Keto, AIP]

  • Author: Louise Hendon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 can (4-5 oz or 120 g) sardines in olive oil or brine, drained
  • 1/4 lb (approx. 100 g) salad greens
  • 1/10 lb (approx. 50 g) deli meat or bacon or leftover meat, chopped small
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) lemon juice
  • Salt to taste


  1. Prepare the salad greens by tossing them in the olive oil and lemon juice.
  2. Add the deli meat in and toss.
  3. Top with the drained sardines.
  4. Sprinkle with salt to taste.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs: 1 g


  • Calories: 400
  • Sugar: 0 g
  • Fat: 34 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 30 g

Louise co-founded Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. She has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love.