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Green Goddess Pita with King Oscar Sardines

This Green Goddess Pita with King Oscar Sardines offers freshness in every bite! It’s wholesome, delicious, and perfect for a healthy lunch.

Overhead shot of pita with green goddess dressing, cucumbers, avocado, sprouts, and sardines.

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Creativity at home.

It’s been a long year of avoiding restaurants and cooking meals at home. As a result, a lot of us have been forced to get creative. But that can only mean good things! Especially when you can get creative with shelf-stable foods like canned seafood. King Oscar’s sardines in particular. They’re healthy, easy to stock up on, and incredibly versatile. This Green Goddess Pita with King Oscar Sardines says it all. It’s packed with freshness, flavor, vitamins, and nutrients, giving you a healthy lunch worth repeating.

Add heat with Spanish-style sardines.

I decided to amp things up in this recipe by adding a hint of spice with King Oscar’s Skinless and Boneless Sardines Spanish Style. This particular sardine variety is packed with red chili pepper, sliced carrot, and sliced pickle giving off a mild heat that goes perfectly with the crisp veggies and creamy herbaceous Green Goddess dressing featured in this recipe. If heat isn’t your jam, opt for King Oscar’s Skinless and Boneless Sardines in Olive Oil. If you’re having a hard time finding King Oscar’s products at your local grocer, hop online and peruse their Amazon store!

Overhead close up shot of green goddess pita with sardines.

What is Green Goddess Dressing?

This minty-hued dressing is typically spun with mayonnaise, tarragon, tarragon vinegar, scallions, chives, lemon, and anchovies. Over the years, people have tweaked the recipe by adding a variety of herbs, and even avocados; people have also swapped in capers to replace anchovies. This dressing is open to alterations, but an ingredient you don’t want to take out of the equation is tarragon. That fresh almost licorice-like flavor is what makes it!

In an attempt to lighten things up, I use plain Greek yogurt in my recipe with just a bit of mayo to add that necessary tang. I also add spinach for extra nutrients, dill, parsley, mint, and I use sherry vinegar. (I never have tarragon vinegar.) Oh, and I always add anchovies. They bring an awesome depth of umami to the mix and King Oscar just happens to have supreme quality anchovies on store shelves.

Right photo: fresh herbs, lemons, scallions, and a can of anchovies laid out; Left photo: a small white bowl with green goddess dressing in it.

How to make a Green Goddess Pita with King Oscar Sardines.

My favorite thing about this recipe is that you can make the dressing, prep your veggies, and have lunch for a week. This is also one of my favorite post-workout meals to indulge in.

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the dressing:

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Baby spinach
  • Fresh herbs (parsley, tarragon, dill, and mint)
  • Scallion
  • Garlic clove
  • Anchovies
  • Lemon, juice + zest
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt
  • Cracked black pepper

For the pita:

  • Pita bread
  • Green Goddess dressing
  • King Oscar Skinless and Boneless Sardines Spanish Style (you could also use the skinless and boneless sardines in olive oil)
  • Mixed greens
  • Sprouts
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Place all of the ingredients for the dressing into a blender or food processor and process until you have a smooth texture. Give it a taste and adjust the flavor as you see fit. (Normally I add more garlic to my recipes, but the garlic will really settle in as this dressing sits and can become overpowering if too much is used.)
  • Slather about two tablespoons of the dressing over your pita, then top with some mixed greens, sprouts, avocado, cucumber, and last but not least, those tender sardines. If you’re preparing this in advance and are toting it somewhere, like to the office, securely wrap it with tin foil or parchment paper and set it into a container with a lid. Otherwise, fold it up and devour it.

Overhead shot of hand holding wrapped up pita filled with sardines and veggies.

Overhead shot of pita with green goddess dressing, cucumbers, avocado, sprouts, and sardines.

Hope you enjoy!

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Green Goddess Pita with King Oscar Sardines

This Green Goddess Pita with King Oscar Sardines offers freshness in every bite! It's wholesome, delicious, and perfect for a healthy lunch.
Course Lunch
Cuisine Pescatarian
Keyword fish, lunch, pita, Sardines
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 pitas
Author Dana Sandonato

Ingredients

For the Green Goddess dressing.

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 TBSP fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 TBSP mayonnaise
  • 1 TBSP fresh chopped dill
  • 1 TBSP fresh chopped mint
  • 1 TBSP sherry vinegar
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 1 scallion, roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed
  • Zest and juice of a lemon
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, to taste

For the pita.

  • 2 pitas
  • 4 TBSP Green Goddess dressing
  • 1 can of King Oscar Skinless and Boneless Sardines Spanish Style, drained *Or skinless and boneless sardines in olive oil
  • 2 handfuls of mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup sprouts
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • Cucumber slices

Instructions

Green Goddess Dressing.

  • Place all of the ingredients for the dressing into a blender or food processor and process until you have a smooth texture. Give it a taste and adjust the flavor as you see fit. (Normally I add more garlic to my recipes, but the garlic will really settle in as this dressing sits and can become overpowering if too much is used.)

Pita.

  • Slather about two tablespoons of the dressing over each pita, then divide the rest of the ingredients up and top your pita with them (mixed greens, sprouts, avocado slices, cucumber slices, sardines.) If you're preparing this in advance and are toting it somewhere, like the office, securely wrap the pita with tin foil or parchment paper and set it into a container with a lid. Otherwise, fold it up and devour it.

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