Salads | October 1, 2012

Caribbean Salad with Spicy Salmon and Creamy Tomatillo Cilantro Dressing

I’m extremely jealous of all the adorable fall burgundies, infinity scarves, elbow patches, ankle booties, and plaid that I’m seeing all over Pinterest right now. It’s still summer here in California, and an icy diet coke is one of the only ways I can cool down during a hot day of shopping an the outdoor outlets with my fellow bloggers (who am I kidding, diet cokes will always be on my menu, regardless of the outside chill factor).
Caribbean Salad with Spicy Salmon and Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
┬áSo we’re still eating refreshing salads up in here! One of my favorite parts is the salty, crisp lime tortilla strips. Takes 2 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to bake…bake it right along with your salmon!

tortilla chips and salmon, uncooked, on baking sheets ready to be put into the oven

 This is the copycat Cafe Rio salad dressing that just about everybody loves. How can you not? We all get nostalgic of our college days, filled with cheap first dates as freshman and Taco Tuesdays!

Caribbean Salad with Spicy Salmon and Creamy Tomatillo Dressing being poured on salad

Prep your salmon however you like. Lemon, lime, coconut oil, plenty of spices to give the salad some pop.

Caribbean Salad with Spicy Salmon and Creamy Tomatillo Dressing on a white plate and yellow napkin to the side

Cilantro makes everything pretty.
close up of Caribbean Salad
This salad is packed with fiber and protein with the black beans and spicy salmon, all sorts of goodness with the sweet mango and tomatoes, and tiny little red onions balance it all out. Oh, and the creamy tomatillo dressing and crisp lime tortilla strips make it a Caribbean perfection.
side shot of Caribbean Salad
5 from 1 vote
Carribbean Salad with Spicy Salmon and Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Chill time
1 hr
Total Time
35 mins
 

A salad packed with fiber, protein, and all sorts of goodness. 

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caribbean salad, spicy salmon salad, tomatillo dressing
Calories: 2053 kcal
Author: Stephanie
Ingredients
Salad
  • salmon filet per person serving or buy preseasoned
  • juice of one lime per salmon filet
  • 1/2 t coconut oil per salmon filet
  • chili powder
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • cayenne
  • lettuce
  • 1 mango chopped
  • 1/4 red onion diced
  • 2 to matoes chopped
Lime Tortilla Strips
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • oil spray coconut or canola
  • coarse salt
  • pepper
  • lime zest and juice
Tomatillo Cilantro Dressing
  • 1 jalapeno seeds removed and pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 to matillos paper husks removed and chopped
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 lime's juice
  • 1 c milk low-fat or fat-free will change the taste, but it's still good
  • 1 c mayonaise low-fat or fat-free will change the taste, but it's still good
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
Instructions
Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
  1. Blend all ingredients in blender, chill at least one hour.
Salmon
  1. Drizzle salmon filet with lime juice, all spices, and top with coconut oil, melted. Bake as directed, or at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes, or just until it flakes easily with a fork.
Tortilla Strips
  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees. Spray both sides of tortillas with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt, pepper, lime zest, and juice of one lime.
  2. Use pizza cutter to cut into strips.
  3. Bake about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. Watch carefully so they do not burn.
Salad
  1. Assemble salad with lettuce, beans, mango, onion, tomatoes, and top with tortilla strips, dressing, and cilantro.
Recipe Notes

I am so much more likely to throw a salad together for lunch if I already have a dressing I love on hand! Make the full recipe for the dressing and you've got so many options!

Nutrition Facts
Carribbean Salad with Spicy Salmon and Creamy Tomatillo Dressing
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 2053 Calories from Fat 1638
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 182g 280%
Saturated Fat 33g 165%
Cholesterol 118mg 39%
Sodium 1590mg 66%
Potassium 877mg 25%
Total Carbohydrates 92g 31%
Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
Sugars 42g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 50.9%
Vitamin C 108.6%
Calcium 40.7%
Iron 11.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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