Baja Fish Taco Salads

Spring is just around a not so distant corner. Although in perpetually sunny southern CA, springtime never feels too far away. While my aversion to the season has been made clear here in the form of long dreamy posts professing my affinity for fall and winter—I actually do love all the fresh foods that spring brings. In honor of the impending change of seasons I made something fresh and vibrant and tasty; Baja fish taco salads using one of Earthbound Farm’s  new Organic Chopped Salad Kits!

I partnered with The Feed Feed and Earthbound Farm to whip up a delicious meal using their Southwest Salad Kit. I’ve said countless times how I love an interesting salad—leaves and dressing won’t suffice. And you know I despise uneventful healthy foods. This kit comes with everything you need for a healthy and delicious salad including crisp veggies, a zesty tomatillo dressing, sunflower seeds, and tortilla strips. Then I introduced some taco-inspired elements like homemade pico de gallo, a tart lemon-turmeric sour cream, and crisp beer-batter fish to complement the flavors in this tasty kit!

After crawling out of my winter hibernation-holiday food coma I find myself craving healthier eats. I like to take my favorite dishes and lighten them up a bit! I adore fish tacos and this is a great alternative way to enjoy them! If you want to stay on the healthier side, simply grill your fish and ditch the beer and batter. I’m a sucker for fried fish however and I couldn’t resist. Plus, for some reason, fish tacos in salad form sounds infinitely healthier? Right? Right.

Simon and I have been eating more salads in general and we are always looking for creative ways to keep them interesting.  And no, not by topping them with slices of pizza…although…

I want—no need a lot going on in my salad, or like a petulant child I will simply look the other way. I like salads that incorporate protein, lots of fresh veggies, and a bit of crunch for texture. This Southwest Salad Kit has all of that! I even added a bit of queso fresco to keep in with the taco theme. If I can’t celebrate the coming spring with a good attitude, at least I’ll have good food.

Depending on what you’re in the mood for, Earthbound Farm also offers BBQ Ranch and Asian salad kits—a flavor for every food mood.  For more info on where to purchase click here! I’d love to hear some of the ways you keep your salads interesting, leave a comment below!

This post was sponsored by Earthbound Farm and The Feed Feed but all words, sentiments, enthusiasm, and aversion to springtime are my own.


Baja Fish Taco Salads

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 Earthbound Farm Organic Southwest Chopped Salad Kit
  • Queso Fresco for serving, optional

For the Fish

  • 1 lb. fish (like tilapia or cod)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Smoked paprika
  • ¾ cup beer (preferably an IPA)
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 10.5 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ cup diced red onion
  • 1 large jalapeño, seeds removed & diced
  • 2 Tbsp. minced cilantro
  • Juice from about 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste  

For the Turmeric Sour Cream

  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder

Directions

  1. To make the pico de gallo mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make the sour cream, whisk the ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to use.
  3. For the beer batter whisk together all your dry ingredients until combined.
  4. Carefully whisk in beer and refrigerate for 20 minutes.  
  5. Meanwhile prep the fish by cubing into 1 to 2 inch chucks.
  6. Heat about 2-3 inches of vegetable oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pan on medium-high heat.
  7. Dredge fish in batter, shake off excess, and fry in batches. Be careful, it splatters!
  8. Remove fish with metal tongs and drain on a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining fish.

Assemble Salads

  1. In a large bowl mix the Southwest Earthbound Salad kit with the included tomatillo dressing, sunflower seeds, and tortilla strips.
  2. Dish out salad into 4 bowls.
  3. Top with fried fish, a spoonful of pico de gallo, a drizzle of sour cream, and a sprinkling of queso fresco.
  4. Enjoy immediately! Soggy fish is no bueno.
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13 Comment

  1. These look amazing Christine!!! Tacos are my favorite and I absolutely LOVE those salad kits. They make everything so easy and they’re so fresh!

    1. Ha! I didn’t think my first comment went through…oops! 🙂

  2. These look so awesome Christine! Tacos are my absolute favorite and I love those chopped salad kits. They’re so fresh and EASY!

  3. jung says: Reply

    I love that you use ingredients like turmeric so healthy for you and such an interesting touch, recipe looks amazing!

    1. Christine says: Reply

      Thanks so much! Loved playing with flavors! It’s basically my favorite taco, in salad form! And the Earthbound kit made it effortless to put together!

  4. Sarah says: Reply

    Found this from Instagram! Love your site and recipes and these salads. I will have to try this out! Thank you, Sarah

    1. Christine says: Reply

      Hi Sarah! Thank you very much for the kind words and for stopping by! I had a lot of fun with this recipe, but I’m obsessed with fish tacos so… 🙂 I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

  5. Dyannah Carlson says: Reply

    Looks absolutely delicious and so easy to make. I tend to hate prep work so the fact that the veggies are already chopped makes me love this recipe even more. Less work and lots of yumminess!

    1. Christine says: Reply

      Thanks so much! Yes prep is essential but tedious so anything that can make the process painless is a must for me! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Simon says: Reply

    A regular salad can be boring. This really makes me want to eat healthier as it doesn’t seem daunting. The shots look great and recipe easy to follow. Let’s do this!

    1. Christine says: Reply

      Thank you! I hate boring salads! This recipe is anything but that. And who doesn’t love a crispy fish taco. I love this combo. Thanks for coming by!

  7. This salad is next-level amazing Christine!! I can’t wait to re-create this dinner!!! xo

    1. Christine says: Reply

      Thank you so much! I love anything taco related and these were fantastic! The salad kit made it so easy!

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