Tomato and Sardine Crostini

Tomato and Sardine Crostini

While driving this morning, I decided to listen to an old Splendid Table podcast where I heard an interesting interview with Barton Seaver. In this interview he talks about the many options we have when it comes to sustainable seafood.  But what made me stop and rewind were his comments about sardines and how he likes to eat them.

I said to myself, I like this guy. Anyone who can speak about sardines with such passion is my friend. You see, I have a lot of love affairs with different foods and drinks, but my love affair with sardines is something I have kept a secret until today.

I love sardines with white rice or on a sandwich with tomatoes. Canned sardines from Spain and Portugal have a special place in my pantry. So now that the secret is out, here’s a special recipe for all of the secret sardines lovers out there. Enjoy!


Tomato and Sardine Crostini


Tomato and Sardine Crostini

Adapted from Joy Skipper’s recipe

Serves 4



  • 1 (4.25 oz.)  can sardines in olive oil, well drained
  • 15 heirloom cherry tomatoes, whole, halved or quartered if large
  • 1 small avocado, diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 baguette, sliced 1/4 inch thick (about 10 slices)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted


In a medium bowl gently place the sardines and break them up a bit.

In a separate bowl combine the tomato, avocado and dress with lemon juice, season to taste.

When ready to serve rub the bread slices with the peeled garlic.

Spoon a little of the tomato and avocado mixture onto each slice of bread and top with a few pieces of sardines.  Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts.


Tomato and Sardine Crostini


Tomato and Sardine Crostini


Tomato and Sardine Crostini

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9 Responses to “Tomato and Sardine Crostini”

  1. Luna
    August 16, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

    Yummy… I love this!!!!

  2. Tim
    August 17, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    Try sardines with potatoes too. Sardines are great! and I like your photos, so bright and colorful.
    Thanks Luisa!

    • Luisa
      August 17, 2013 at 7:07 am #

      Thanks Tim!

  3. Vicki
    August 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I just found your blog. I love this post and your blog. I like how you admit you like sardines.
    I don’t even know why I think I don’t like sardines. You made me want to try them.


  4. Lgracie
    August 18, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    So funny. Sardines are great. I don’t get why so many people have something against them. Great work! Keep giving us ideas for more variety. It seems that everyone sometimes cooks and eats the same thing.


  5. Anna
    August 18, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    This looks scrumptious. I have all the ingredients. I’m making this! I will try making it with tuna and salmon one day too. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Justina
    April 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    You don’t know how happy I’m to see that you like sardines too.
    Everyone of my friends think I’m crazy. They just don’t get it ==> Sardines are delicious!


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