Like dried beans, dry bread, and sometimes dried fruits, preserved meat was a staple of sea life. While fresh fish was a possibility, most animal protein sources were salted.
Columbus would have commonly eaten things like salted (cured) beef, cod and sardines. Salted pork was also a constant presence onboard. In fact, pork was something that Columbus and his peers brought to the New World.
Introduction of pork to Mexican cooking aside, for those who like bright, bold flavors, the benefits of a culinary exchange between Europe and the Americas at that time probably favored the former.
Take, for instance, the tomato.
For a commemorative meal…
Consider fresh-baked or fried cod, corned beef or carnitas tacos.