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🐟 Oil Packed #12
Salad dressing in a can
King Oscar Sardines in Extra Virgin Olive Oil with White Wine Vinegar and Capers
Taste: Savory / Sour
Pair with: A fresh salad
I’m always thrilled when I can use the entirety of a can of sardines. Most of the time, I’ll pour off the oil because it gets in the way, but I hate being wasteful. The oil that your tinned seafood is packed in is usually delicious - it’s been infused with savory, fishy flavor, and sometimes it comes with a little extra seasoning. It’s perfect for dipping bread into, pouring over pasta, or in the case of this tin, blending into a tasty salad dressing.
King Oscar Sardines with White Wine Vinegar and Capers is a refreshingly tart tin. There are about 8-12 tasty brisling sardines packed in extra virgin olive oil, with white wine vinegar and a bunch of large, zesty capers. The sardines are just as you’d expect from King Oscar - nicely tender, with their skin and tails on. The vinegar is tangy, fresh, and not overwhelming at all. The capers taste pleasantly mild - they aren’t as piquant as the pickled jars you can get at the grocery store. The ingredients here jive together as a well-balanced tin.
Do not throw this oil away! You’ve got the ingredients for a delicious salad dressing ready to go! You can use this oil just as it is, or you can mix it with a bit of mustard, honey, and cracked pepper for my go-to salad dressing. Pour it over some fresh salad greens, top with a few sardines, and you’ve got lunch! Alternatively, pair these sardines with some plain potato chips and drizzle some oil on top for a DIY salt and vinegar chip.
This is another can cabinet staple that you should keep on hand for quick salads. You can more than likely find this tin at your local grocery store (along with other favorites from the King Oscar lineup).
photos by Aaron Barton