One of the first meals I remember you preparing for me and my step-brothers is a tuna fish salad with fresh apple chunks mixed in. I was young and it was different, so I thought it was pretty weird. But like our new family, I started to appreciate the combination more the older I got.
This sandwich is inspired by the juxtaposition of savory and sweet, gamy and mellow, chewy and crisp I remember from our lunch table long ago. As with so many other things in my youth, you were right and I was wrong.
Like my tastes and our family, it’s grown up a bit. The white bread has bloomed into organic whole grain, seed-studded, thick-sliced brown bread. The tuna has evolved into low mercury, gloriously fishy, skinless and boneless sardines. The mayo has stepped aside for a smoother, healthier greek yogurt emulsifier. But the heart of it, the apple, remains constant from my childhood.
Thanks for the inspiration, the meals, and the heart.
*My family’s romanization of “step-mom” in Mandarin.
– 2 slices of your favorite hearty bread (the more texture and flavor the better, to stand up to the assertive filling)
– Sliced small gala apple (thin slices, any way you like it–I did apple rings)
– 1 tin (mine was 120g) of boneless, skinless sardines in tomato sauce (in oil should work if you don’t like tomatoes)
– Salad greens (arugula or watercress do nicely, as do leaves with a bit of bitterness and low water content. Let the apple bring the juice and the crunch.)
– 1-2 Tbsp of Greek yogurt (I used zero fat; full-fat or 2% would likely work as well)
– sprig of spring onions, if you have any handy (also tasty without)
– shot of Tobasco
– squirt of lemon juice
– salt & pepper (to taste)
– loose seeds from the bread bag, if there are any, to sprinkle on the filling after spreading on the base slice of bread
Mix the sardines, yogurt, Tobasco, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Line the base slice of bread with the salad greens. Spoon on the sardine filling. Shred on the spring onion. Sprinkle on the seeds. Lovingly lay down the apple slices, reminiscing on fond schoolyard memories from grade school. Top it off with the other slice of bread. When the sandwich is gone, call your folks and thank them for any meal they gave you that you still think about today.
Cold–>minimal end-user energy use.
And now, a word from our unpaid author: If you made this properly, you have a tub of Greek yogurt with just two spoonfuls scooped out… now what? Oh, I know–make tomorrow’s breakfast! Assemble The Breakfast Salad of Champions using this ingredient list.