Fish Taco Salad

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fish taco salad recipe
Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Crispy tortillas, tender fish and crunchy toppings: There’s a lot to love about fish tacos. So as we set out to transform this summery dish into a salad, we didn’t want to reinvent the wheel--just, you know, change it up a bit. Here, we sauté rather than fry seasoned tilapia fillets, and then place a portion atop a pile of crunchy, lightly dressed slaw. (Lettuce ruins everything, remember?) Throw on some pico de gallo, avocado chunks and crushed tortilla chips, and you’ve got a new go-to dish come Taco Tuesday.


The Slaw

½ head red cabbage, shredded

½ head green cabbage, shredded

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced

1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons peanut oil

3 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon lime zest

2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

½ cup chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons chopped mint

The Fish

Two 8-ounce tilapia fillets

4 tablespoons taco seasoning

2 tablespoons olive oil


1 cup crushed or broken tortilla chips

1 cup pico de gallo

1 avocado, diced


1. Make the Slaw: In a large bowl, toss the red cabbage, green cabbage, red bell pepper, scallions and radishes to combine. Add the peanut oil, lime juice, lime zest and rice vinegar, and toss well to coat. Add the cilantro and mint; toss to fully combine. Set aside.

2. Make the Fish: Season the tilapia fillets with the taco seasoning, rubbing it in well and coating the entire fillet. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, then add the tilapia. Cook until fully cooked on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total.

3. To Serve: Pile about 1 cup slaw onto a plate, then top it with half a tilapia fillet. Garnish with 2 tablespoons tortilla chips, 2 to 3 tablespoons pico de gallo and 2 to 3 tablespoons avocado.

Nutrition Facts
  • The Slaw

  • 150 calories

  • 7g fat

  • 21g carbs

  • 4g protein

  • 11g sugars

  • The Fish

  • 195 calories

  • 9g fat

  • 5g carbs

  • 23g protein

  • 1g sugars

  • Toppings

  • 176 calories

  • 11g fat

  • 20g carbs

  • 2g protein

  • 5g sugars

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Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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