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Fish tacos are the best way to lighten up the typical indulgent eating of Cinco de Mayo. Emily grills Omega-3 rich salmon and pairs it with a tangy salsa and crunchy cabbage. Vijay, Recipe Hunter

Vijay Nathan, NoshOnIt Recipe Hunter and Chef

THE RECIPE

Salmon Tacos with Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa

Lighten up Cinco de Mayo with healthy fish tacos

Having people over for Cinco de Mayo but looking for something a little bit fresher and healthier? Fish tacos are one of the best ways to lighten up what would otherwise be a typically indulgent meal. Most fish tacos like this one recipes call for using a firm white fish like snapper, mahi mahi, or halibut, which is exactly why we love this version that uses Omega-3 rich salmon! With it’s richer flavor, salmon is the perfect vehicle for Emily’s spice mixture of cumin, coriander, chili powder and a secret ingredient, ground coffee, which lends a subtle smokiness. The salmon is grilled then piled inside corn tortillas (or flour if you prefer) with shredded red cabbage and a tangy tomatillo salsa that is made creamy not using sour cream, but avocado. Whether you’re having a Taco Tuesday meal or a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, these colorful and healthy tacos will allow you to celebrate and indulge without the guilt.

THE CHEF

Emily Vikre

Food policy and Applied Nutrition Doctoral Student, Blogger

Five and Spice

Emily Vikre

I focus on whole foods and traditional ingredients. I use lots of vegetables and fruits and plenty of cream and butter! I choose seasonal, local ingredients because of the environmental impact and because that's the way things taste the best.

The reason we wanted to feature Emily was because she cooks REAL food. Nothing processed, very little pre-packaged, no junk. In fact, she doesn’t buy or cook with anything that has more than 5 ingredients on the package. This means that she often relies on fresh, seasonal, and local food like the chard featured in today’s recipe. Even though she has a Masters in Nutrition and is on her way to being a PhD, she believes that we shouldn’t have to think too much about what we’re eating, something that is achievable when we focus on buying, cooking, and eating real food.

Make sure to say hello to Emily on her blog and Twitter.

THE TIP

An Ingenious Way to Heat Store Bought Corn Tortillas

Store-bought corn tortillas are convenient but can be dry and tough. We discovered this ingenious technique that keeps the tortilla pliable as it chars.

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