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Blackened Fish Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

plate of diced tomatoes, avocado, corn, red onions, and jalapeno peppers with a piece of blackened fish on top

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?

plate of diced tomatoes, corn, red onions, and jalapeno peppers with a piece of blackened fish on top

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 with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Stovetop


Cilantro Lime Dressing

  • 1/4 cup of lime juice and white vinegar combined (12 limes, juiced plus white vinegar)
  • 1/23/4 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


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

mason jar of cilantro lime vinaigrette


plate of corn, red onions, avocado, jalapeno peppers, and diced tomatoes with a piece of blackened fish on top

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piece of blackened fish on top of corn, jalapeno peppers, red onions, diced tomatoes, and avocado

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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90 comments on “Blackened Fish Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette”

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

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

  3. Wow, this looks fabulous!!

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

  5. gotta try this one looks great!

  6. I love lime-cilantro dressing!

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

  8. I think I will try the dressing

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

  10. What a novel idea-an apron party!

  11. I retweeted for you!!!

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

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

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

  15. The salad looks amazingly good and the aprons are adorable 🙂

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

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

  18. 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!

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

  20. That looks delish!
    CUTE aprons!!

  21. I am an Aggie’s fan on FB!

  22. 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!

  23. Looks so good! and Love the Aprons!

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

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

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

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

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

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

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

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

  33. 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!)

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

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

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

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

  38. 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!

  39. i’d love to win the apron! 🙂

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

  41. Sounds WONDERFUL!

  42. 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.

  43. 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!


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

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

  46. Just became a FB fan!

  47. Shared your giveaway!

  48. Thank you for the chance to win this beautiful apron!

  49. This dressing sounds amazing!

  50. 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!

  51. 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!

  52. This looks yummy, and a cute apron too.

  53. This sounds so good!

  54. Love these aprons! So cute 🙂

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

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

  57. Mmmmmm….sounds delicious and looks nutritious too 🙂

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

  59. 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.

  60. My mouth is watering that looks so delicious!!

  61. Just became a new fan of yours on facebook!

  62. 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.

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

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

  65. 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!

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

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

    * also a fan on Facebook!

  68. 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.

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

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

  71. Excellent idea, looks incredible!

  72. 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.

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  74. 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.

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

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  77. 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!

  78. 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.

  79. 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!

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

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

  83. Cannot wait to try this!!! Is the lime vinegar combo 1/4 cup of each ?
    Thank You

    • no, total 1/4 cup. I squeeze the lime juice first then add vinegar till I get to full 1/4 cup. Hope that makes sense 🙂 Enjoy!