10-Minute Fish Taco Salad

image source: elizabeth stark
image source: elizabeth stark

When making salads, many of us feel obligated to make the most virtuous salads ever. Think dark, leafy greens dressed in only lemon and a pinch of salt. And hey, salads like this can be great, but it can also be a treat to make a really delicious, topping-studded salad, and have a little fun with your nutritious eating.

And this salad is definitely fun. Seared cornmeal-crusted tilapia sits atop a bed of spring greens along with pickled jalapeños, sliced avocados, a simple lime crema, and a handful of crispy tortilla strips. The flavors come together beautifully — flaky bits of fish, crunchy corn chips, tangy crema, and the familiar mix of vinegar and heat from the jalapeños. It’s a hearty, filling salad that’s just right as a filling lunch or a light main.

A simple list of ingredients also means this salad can be ready in a flash. To make the most of your time, wash greens ahead of time and make sure you have all ingredients at the ready.

Fish Taco Salad

Makes: 2 servings


  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more as needed
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice, plus several wedges for serving
  • 5 ounces mixed spring greens, washed and dried
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small can pickled jalapeño slices, drained (optional)
  • 2 cups salted tortilla strips
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cilantro leaves, minced (garnish)


  1. Rinse and pat dry two tilapia filets.
  2. Pour milk into a bowl. On a plate, combine cornmeal, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and chili powder. Mix well with a fork.
  3. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat and add a pat of butter. When the butter melts, foams, and subsides, dip fillets in milk, then in cornmeal mixture, making sure to coat both sides. Place fillets in skillet, cook 2-3 minutes per side, and then remove to a plate and slice.
  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir to combine sour cream and lime juice.
  5. Arrange greens in two bowls. Top each with a cooked fish fillet, avocado slices, jalapeños, and tortilla strips. Drizzle with lime crema. Finish with a pinch each sea salt and pepper, and minced cilantro. Garnish each with a lime wedge and serve immediately.
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