Sardine and Lemongrass Salad
Photography by Farideh Sadeghin

Briny sardines and fragrant lemongrass make a sweet-and-spicy salad when bolstered with red onions and an easy Thai chile sauce.

Featured in: Embrace the Isaan Slow Burn

Yield: serves 2 people
Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 tbsp. Thai sweet chile sauce
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 12 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 piece lemongrass, tough outer leaves discarded, inner core thinly sliced
  • 1 3 34-oz can sardines in water, drained, and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 12 cups cups lightly packed torn cilantro leaves and stems
  • 12 small red onion, thinly sliced


  1. In a large bowl, whisk the sweet chile sauce with the lime juice and salt. Add the cilantro, sardines, lemongrass, and red onion, and toss to combine. Transfer the salad to a platter and serve immediately.