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Blackened Fish Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette {oh and why not…another giveaway!}

by Aggies Kitchen on September 8, 2010


Not only was this salad totally amazing, but let’s just say I was able to clean out most of my produce drawer with it too.  I love it when that happens!

I mentioned on Facebook the other day that I had a piece of frozen mahi defrosting in my fridge..and didn’t know what to do with it.  The suggestions came pouring in.  A few people mentioned fish tacos and that sounded great to me…however to be honest, I was really trying to keep it on the lighter side, and avoiding any unnecessary carbs (good or not…I had had my share already that day).  So why not turn fish tacos into an actual taco-less salad instead, right?


This is my favorite kind of evening meal…how can you not feel great after eating this.  So many flavors, textures and levels of heat from the fish and veggies…it was perfect.  The homemade dressing totally sealed the deal too.  Can’t wait to make this again.

Blackened Fish Taco Salad
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen

(printable recipe)

any firm white fish (mahi, tilapia, grouper)
Chef Prudhomme’s Blackened Redfish Magic seasoning
romaine, torn
tomatoes, chopped
red onion, sliced or chopped
jalapeno, sliced
avocado, chopped

Heat nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Pat fish fillet with dry paper towel, then season liberally with seasoning. Add a teaspoon or two of light oil to skillet (or nonstick spray), then gently add fish to pan. Cook for approximately 3-4 minutes, until bottom layer of fish is cooked and looks “white”. Gently turn fish and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until fish is completely cooked through and flaky. Assemble salad, top with fish and Cilantro Lime Dressing and enjoy.


Cilantro Lime Dressing

1/4 cup of lime juice and white vinegar combined (1-2 limes, juiced plus white vinegar)
1/2 -3/4 cup light oil (I use grapeseed oil, but light olive oil, vegetable oil or canola oil would be great)
1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon of honey
1 bunch of cilantro
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor. Store in airtight container or jar in refrigerator for up to 1 week.


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Now, I almost forgot to mention the winner of my last giveaway from Scarlet Threads…it was Miss Candace from Candace’s Calling…congrats girl!

Like I promised I have another great Scarlet Threads apron to give away to a lucky reader…it’s the Anna…it’s funky and retro and I just love it.

Leave a comment on this post to enter.  Each comment on this post will count as an entry.  And like last time you can earn additional entries by:

1. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter or on your own blog (earn an entry for each!)

2. Become a fan of Aggie’s Kitchen and/or Scarlet Threads on Facebook

3. Express interest in hosting your own apron party (I will email you info).

(Giveaway is open to US residents only…sorry!)

Giveaway ends Friday, September 10 at 10pm EST.   Winner will be chosen randomly by  Good luck! :)


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Katlyn September 8, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Is it wrong that I just licked my computer screen? That meal looks AMAZING!


scarlett September 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

So, I had the red snapper recipe slotted for next week, but this is going to have to come first! yummmmmmmm


Ninette September 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Wow, this looks fabulous!!


Maria September 8, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I love the cilantro dressing! Very colorful dish! Nice!


Trish September 8, 2010 at 9:57 pm

gotta try this one looks great!


peachkins September 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm

I love lime-cilantro dressing!


healthy&homemade September 9, 2010 at 1:12 am

Omg, insanely delicious looking. Looks like a picture taken from a food magazine! ^_^


Jo Derouin September 9, 2010 at 4:40 am

I think I will try the dressing


Erica September 9, 2010 at 6:25 am

An apron party? That sounds like fun! I’d love the info. And the salad is gorgeous- look at all those colors. beautiful


Daryl Callahan September 9, 2010 at 7:39 am

What a novel idea-an apron party!


Daryl Callahan September 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

I retweeted for you!!!


Liz September 9, 2010 at 7:41 am

I love big plates full of veggies! The salad and dressing look great….so does the apron. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!


Nancy @ The Sensitive Pantry September 9, 2010 at 7:44 am

What an easy and tasty dinner. Love the photo. Love the apron!


Trish September 9, 2010 at 8:33 am

Looks great! Have to try this one, my husband would love it!
Thank you:)


Melanie September 9, 2010 at 8:35 am

The salad looks amazingly good and the aprons are adorable :)


Suzanne September 9, 2010 at 8:45 am

Oh this fish looks so tasty and it’s early morning. Thanks for the recipe and you have a very lovely blog.


Angie September 9, 2010 at 8:48 am

Beautiful, I’m going to try this one tonight. Need more veggies, and less bread in our diets!


Betsy September 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

I had almost the same dish but in a wrap and it was sooo very good but didn’t look quite as pretty as yours. YUM!


Katie September 9, 2010 at 9:05 am

My husband would LOVE that dressing, I’ll try it soon!


Christy September 9, 2010 at 9:06 am

That looks delish!
CUTE aprons!!


Christy September 9, 2010 at 9:07 am

I am an Aggie’s fan on FB!


Cajun Chef Ryan September 9, 2010 at 9:09 am

Hey Aggie,
You forgot about my Cajun spice mix? For shame!!! :-)

Actually, you can use just about any highly spiced rub or seasoning blend to blacken anything from rib-eye steak, catfish, to chicken.

Bon appetit!


Kristin September 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

Looks so good! and Love the Aprons!


Christy September 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

I’m a Scarlet Threads fan on FB as well.


Jason @ Jason's BBQ Adventures September 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

Great salad. Love a good non-traditional salad. I am a big fan of Mexican flavors, and this one definitely hits the spot!


Jenn's Food Journey September 9, 2010 at 9:22 am

That piece of fish looks beautiful! I love the idea of taking a fish taco and making it into a salad!


Holly September 9, 2010 at 9:28 am

Am I too far away to do an apron party? Yummy dish too!


Amy Dixon September 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

Aggie – thanks for making my table a little more festive! with 3 young girls I was getting pretty tired of the baked chicken,rice and green bean combinations – they each will “try” some of your dishes – and surprise – they even like most of them! My husband and I LOVE them!


Deidra @ ::Frugalistic:: September 9, 2010 at 9:41 am

For someone who does not eat fish, this looks good enough for even me to eat! Everything looks so delish! That apron will come in handy since I’m dropping the pounds so fast .. I need one that fits .. lol!


Susannah September 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

Lovin’ these aprons – so uber cute! I just know I would look so fabulous sporting one around my kitchen!


Jan September 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

We love fish tacos and this salad looks like it has all the items we love to put in them.


Betty Ray September 9, 2010 at 10:17 am

This sounds delicious. Love cilantro is almost anything. Can’t wait to try it.


Julie @ Another Chance Ranch September 9, 2010 at 10:18 am

The recipe looks delish! We are having that tonight!

The aprons are adorable! I am going to get my entries in right now! Starting with putting it on my blog! :) (Give me a few minutes!)


Julie @ Another Chance Ranch September 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

Oh, I forgot to ask what all an apron party involves. Sorry, I meant to ask in my previous entry. :(


Aimee September 9, 2010 at 10:26 am

This looks fantastic! Can’t wait to make this next time we catch some fresh fish.


Tara C September 9, 2010 at 10:39 am

I’m thinking I’m making this tonight!…sorry posted to FB earlier oops!


Susan September 9, 2010 at 10:40 am

even at 7AM that fish is making my mouth water. Printed it off already!


mamachandra September 9, 2010 at 11:51 am

I keep wanting to try my hand at blackening tofu again (have only done it once with mediocre results), but now thinking soaking it in a kelp-infused broth first would be a fun way to mimic the fish!

the whole thing looks super yum!


celine September 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

i’d love to win the apron! :)


Christine September 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Love the dressing! Found you via ACR via PW… I am so addicted to food blogs …!! Love ya!


Debbie R September 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm



City Share September 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I love the idea of fish taco salads. I order those all the time at restaurant, but never make them at home. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


KathyG September 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I love the apron! I wear aprons on a daily basis! I hope I win one; I really like the story behind these aprons.

And the lime-cilantro dressing!!! Yum!



bellini valli September 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Taco-less and delicious Aggie:D Love the twist.


Farmer Gal September 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Looks so healthy and refreshing! That cilantro lime dressing seems like the perfect match.


Rene September 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Just became a FB fan!


Rene September 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Shared your giveaway!


Rene September 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful apron!


Katie September 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

This dressing sounds amazing!


Lexi September 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm

YAY Scarlet Thread aprons! I’m such a fan!

I like you and ST on facebook, and I’ve retweeted your tweet! I’ve also already spoken to them about hosting an apron party of my own, but I’d love to hear your information and more details about yours!


Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen September 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm

My mom and I were just talking about fish tacos today! Yeah, we are a little obsessed! Then I come to your blog and see this!


cindy harris September 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm

This looks yummy, and a cute apron too.


Bianca September 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm

This sounds so good!


Bianca September 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm



Holly September 9, 2010 at 6:10 pm

Love these aprons! So cute :)


Leslie September 9, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Just found your site. Love it – love the recipes – love the apron!


eatingRD September 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

gah, that looks sooo good and fresh! I am hungry right now too. Yay, more aprons!!


Sheila September 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Mmmmmm….sounds delicious and looks nutritious too :)


Ericka H. September 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Man, that looks really good! I need to eat more fish!


Carol Haile September 9, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Aggie…pleeeeeze stop making me so hungry all the time! Loved this recipe and would love to win an Apron..going to send you a separate email about Scarlet Threads. Do we get another entry if we are already your fan and Scarlet Apron? Hope so….your photo on the contest site is beautiful.


Sarah September 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

My mouth is watering that looks so delicious!!


Sarah September 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Just became a new fan of yours on facebook!


Sandra Foyt September 9, 2010 at 10:37 pm

This looks delicious, and it reminds of the flavors of Florida! If you don’t mind, I’ll include it in my post of recommendations of Florida recipes.


Becki Svare September 10, 2010 at 8:27 am

This looks really good! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!!


Eliana September 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

This dish could not look more perfect. Stumbled upon your blog on twitter and looking forward to following.


To Kiss the Cook September 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Aggie, this looks seriously delicious. Like WOW. Making this ASAP. Heading to the East coast this weekend for time with my parents and am adding this to our menu for the week!


catslussler September 10, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I am going to make this blackened fish taco this weekend. I can’t wait!!


Sarah E September 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm

This is totally going to go in my “to try” pile.

* also a fan on Facebook!


Jamie September 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Yikes! I almost missed the deadline to enter. Love, love the fish taco salad idea. Blackened fish is one of my favorites and I love all the veggies it sits on.


Jamie September 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm

And of course I’m a FB fan of Aggie’s Kitchen : )


dee September 10, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Looks great!! I’m going to try it this weekend


Amanda September 11, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Excellent idea, looks incredible!


Mags September 12, 2010 at 7:08 pm

We JUST finished eating grilled Mahi Mahi with basil pesto (one of my favorites) but I’ll be adding this recipe to my collection to try the next time.


DGrub September 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Nice photographs. Adding few slices of jalapeños seems like a great idea to add hot touch to the fish tacos. Cilantro lime dressing looks nice as well. That’s something I need to try. If you have time, please see my recipe at and I’d love to hear your comments.


Paula - bell'alimento September 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

love the cilantro lime vinaigrette and on blackened fish *drool*


Kayce September 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm

looks YUM-O!!!!


Kelly January 22, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Hola from sunny Spain! Just googled fish Tacos and was at first disappointed to find only tinned tuna recipes until I spotted your yummy recipe. You know, I think I’ll cut the carbs this time too and go for your salad option. Muchas gracias!


Cookin' Canuck June 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

This is something I could happily eat every day! I’d love for you to share this recipe (and any of your favorite avocado recipes) in the avocado link-up/giveaway that I’m hosting with Kristen right now.


Aggies Kitchen June 27, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I’m on it! ;)


Ariana October 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm

This recipe was incredible! So healthy and DELICIOUS. It was a big hit at home. I especially loved the lime/cilantro dressing–it tasted really fresh and citrus-y. Will definitely be making again. Thank you!


Aggies Kitchen October 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Thank you so much for the feedback Ariana! One of my favorite salads – thanks for stopping by! :)


northierthanthou April 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

My, that does look tasty.


Malli June 1, 2014 at 10:04 am

Love the salad. All my favorite veggies and flavors look good in the photos !! I am definitely making this soon, thanks.


Malli June 1, 2014 at 10:08 am

All my favorite veggies and flavors look so tempting in ur pictures. Can”to wait to make this salad!


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