salmon tacos with avocado cream, lime romaine slaw & pickled red onions

Do you know what day it is? TACO TUESDAYYYY. It's one of those little things that help early on in the week. Monday - The Bachelor. Tuesday - tacos. Since I'm trying to be healthy I paired these bad boys with baked kale chips. 

When I made these tacos, I was not planning on making tacos. I was looking in my fridge and thinking GOOD LORD I have so much food in here that I cannot let go to waste so wtf am I going to do with it.

This is when I liked to play my own version of Chopped in my kitchen. 

For those of you who have been living under a rock for the past 9 years, Chopped is a competitive cooking show where 4 contestants have 4 basket ingredients and 20 minutes to make something delicious. If you don't make the cut, you will be CHOPPED.

Now obviously, I have endless amounts of time and ingredients (more than 4) that not a total shock to me. But whatev. I can pretend.


Basket ingredients:

  • leftover salmon
  • greek yogurt (1 small container)
  • avocado (about half)
  • lime juice from 1 lime
  • couple handfuls romaine lettuce
  • half bunch cilantro
  • handful pickled jalapenos
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbslp sugar
  • 3 corn tortillas
  • bunch kale
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • parmesan cheese

I started with pickling the red onions. For this, I followed a specific recipe that you can find here. I have tried a few pickling recipes and this one is awesome. Will stink up your kitchen a lil bit but WORTH IT.  I let those sit in the fridge while I made everything else. 

Next I started the kale chips. This is another online recipe I went with that you can find here. I chose to look up a specific recipe that had good reviews, because I have attempted to make kale chips on my own a couple of times and failed miserably....srlsy so bad. But these were delish.

I diced up the romaine lettuce so it was shredded and added it into a bowl with cilantro and the juice of about half a lime. Season with salt. Go ahead and taste it at this point, if you like it more limey add more lime! More cilantro-ey, add more cilantro! No rules in Chopped. Except get everything on the plate. And don't forget an ingredient. And don't cut yourself. And do not mess with Alex Guarnaschelli.  Anyway...

For the avocado cream I put the greek yogurt, avocado, more cilantro (also use some stems here, they have great flavor and blend nicely), juice of half a lime and a few diced pickled jalapenos into a food processor and blended together. It wasn't tasting like I wanted to so I added more cilantro and poured some of the juice from the pickled jalapenos in as well (they would TOTALLY do that on Chopped amiright?). Set aside. 

The salmon I had was from the night before and I had just baked it. I cut it up into pieces and sauteed it SUPER quick in a pan just to get it heated but not cook it anymore than it was. 

Heat a little bit of oil in a pan and heat the tortillas, a minute or two on each side.

Layer up! Tortilla, avocado cream, salmon, romaine slaw, diced jalapenos, pickled red onions, & cilantro.

Pair with kale chips :) 

I'm gonna be totally honest with all of you and toot my own horn a lil bit here...but for not having a set plan this might be one of the yummiest tacos I have ever made. Not sure if it would pass the test of Aaron Sanchez but I think it would at least get me to round 2. I will definitely be making again.

Tuesday Tunes: had this song on repeat. S'good. Listen here.