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Pan-Seared Salmon Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

Article by Shanna Hutcheson

Do you know anyone who doesn’t love tacos? Because I don’t think I do. Since I’m in the middle of a series of Mexican recipes in partnership with Tres Agaves, I knew I had to include tacos somehow; but not your boring old beef or chicken tacos. Today I’m sharing the recipe for Pan-Seared Salmon Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce, and I hope you love them!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tres Agaves and I am being compensated for social promotion. However, all opinions expressed are my own; Tres Agaves is a brand that we truly use and love!

Taco Tuesday Just Got an Upgrade

Don’t get me wrong; chicken and beef tacos still have a place, and they are very delicious, too. BUT don’t you get bored of eating the same sources of protein all. the. time? Mix things up and try salmon, or even shrimp, tacos! The avocado cream sauce is like the cherry on top — it only takes a few minutes to make, and it takes these tacos to the next level!

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Why You Should Include Salmon in Your Diet

Did you know it’s recommended to eat fatty fish (like salmon) at least two times a week? That’s because salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for heart health for healthy people and those at risk of — or who have — cardiovascular disease.

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According to the American Heart Association, research has shown that omega-3s decrease the risk of abnormal heartbeats, which can lead to sudden death. They can also decrease triglyceride levels, slow growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque, and lower blood pressure (slightly).

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Did I mention that salmon is also delicious? 

PAN-SEARED SALMON TACOS + TRES AGAVES STRAWBERRY MARGARITAS

I don’t know about you, but I love a nice, cold margarita alongside my tacos, no matter what kind they are. I whipped up a margarita on the rocks using Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila and Organic Strawberry Margarita Mix and it was the P E R F E C T combo! What do you like best? Lime or strawberry margs!? Personally, I don’t discriminate. 

I love Tres Agaves Organic Mixers because they are made with natural ingredients, which makes margaritas taste SO refreshing and delicious.

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Another equally important question: do you prefer your margaritas frozen or on the rocks? I used to be strictly a frozen marg girl, but I think I have officially converted! I’m not sure what did it for me, but I just find them so satisfying on the rocks these days. I do love a good frozen margarita on the beach though. And now I’m dreaming of vacation…

If you haven’t already, check out Tres Agaves long list of delicious cocktails that you can whip up using their Tequila and Organic Mixers. Then we can all drink yummy beverages and at least pretend we are on vacation.

What I love about Tres Agaves is their commitment to using organic ingredients in their 100% de Agave Tequila and margarita mixes. They want to give you all the ingredients you need to make bar-quality margaritas at home, which is super easy with their margarita mixes.

The Avacado Cream Sauce is Next Level

I found the recipe for the Avocado Cream Sauce on Recipe Tin Eats and it is SO tasty. Now I basically want to make some to drizzle on top of every Mexican recipe I make from this point forward. Bonus: it stays green and fresh in the fridge for several days! I lathered some up on a Southwest Veggie Burger, a loaded salad, and it’s delish in all forms. Check out her blog for lots of delicious recipes!

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Pan-Seared Salmon Tacos with Avocado Cream Sauce

These Pan-Seared Salmon Tacos are quick & easy to make, packed with nutrition & the Avocado Cream Sauce is like the cherry on top! This is a fun way to spice up taco night at your house! Print Recipe

Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins | Total Time: 30 mins

Servings: 4 servings | Calories: 495kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb wild-caught salmon fillets thawed
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil
  • Fresh cracked black pepper and salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder, cumin, garlic powder each
  • 8 yellow corn tortillas 6"

Optional Toppings

  • Mixed greens spinach and arugula
  • Shredded red cabbage
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed, low-sodium

Avocado Cream Sauce

  • 1  avocado ripe, large
  • 1/3  cup  plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2  small clove of garlic or 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2  cup  cilantro roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine all Avocado Cream Sauce ingredients in a small/medium food processor. Pulse until the cilantro is finely chopped and sauce is creamy. Set aside.

  • Heat 1 Tbsp of avocado oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Pat both sides of the salmon dry with a paper towel. Spray or brush both sides with avocado oil. Season with fresh cracked pepper, chili powder, cumin and freshly cracked salt, to taste.

  • Place salmon fillets in the skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side, or until salmon is cooked through (internal temperature 145 F).

  • When it's done cooking, transfer salmon to a plate and shred using a fork. Divide salmon up between 8 corn tortillas (2 tacos per person). Heat corn tortillas in a small skillet over low heat to slightly crisp them if desired.

  • Garnish with desired toppings: mixed greens, shredded red cabbage, black beans, avocado cream sauce. Other optional toppings: shredded cheese or feta cheese crumbles, salsa, red onions, corn.

  • Serve warm. Serve any leftover toppings on top of Sweet Potato Nachos! Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 1231mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2165IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 3.3mg

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Feel free to add any additional toppings you like! Corn, salsa, feta cheese crumbles, onions — the possibilities are endless! When you run out of salmon, use the leftover toppings to make some Sweet Potato Nachos! They’d be AMAZING with the Avocado Cream Sauce. Y-U-M.

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I can’t wait to see your delicious taco and margarita creations! Enjoy! I have one more Tres Agaves recipe coming your way this month. Stay tuned!

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